June 10, 2019

Blog Tour: Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski!

We have Susan on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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Lilac Sophia Carpenter is sixteen years old. She’s going to be sixteen years old for the rest of her life.

Confined to her bed as her health declines, Lilac lives her life in daydreams, imagining her love story to her former best friend, Nathan Emery. But Lilac and Nathan haven’t talked since that fateful night—the night of her sister’s wedding, when her health worsened and his life unraveled and the already-fractured pieces of their friendship became irreparable.

With the comfort of her daydreams becoming more and more elusive, Lilac must decide if reality can be greater than her own imagination when there’s little time left for living.

Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski
Publication Date: May 26, 2019
Publisher: Brown Beagle Books

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you so much for having me! I’m excited to share Lilac’s story with you…

Describe your book in 140 characters or less
A coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl with a terminal illness who daydreams her love story and the life she’ll never get to live.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

When I was chronically ill and bedridden, I would daydream certain scenes of what I wished my life might look like if I were to fall in love again—first dates, first kisses, building a home and life together with simple, tender moments that are the ones that matter most in the end… One afternoon, Lilac’s voice came through so vivid and clear, that I had to grab a pen and paper. She told me, “My name is Lilac Sophia and I’m sixteen years old. I’m going to be sixteen years old for the rest of my life.” She was so eager to tell me her story that I wrote the first draft in three weeks. It was a story that had been marinating in the back of my mind based on my own experiences for years—asking the question, is life always better than your dreams?

Tell us about the main character(s).

Sixteen-year-old Lilac has always been in love with her best friend and next-door neighbor, Nathan Emery, but a falling out when they were eleven turned them into virtual strangers. Bedridden with a terminal illness, Lilac imagines her love story to him. Nathan is shy and a bit reserved, and through his story we begin to understand why. Lilac has a big heart but her circumstances have made her cynical, albeit in a witty way. I’ve adored her sense of humor.

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

As an example of Lilac’s sense of humor, there’s a scene at her sister’s wedding where she’s taking note of the bridesmaids’ names—all seemingly Disney princess names. She has the following exchange with her mother that made me laugh and broke my heart all at once:

“Where’s Mulan?” I whisper to my mom.


“Mulan. Or Pocahontas. They’re missing the show.”

“For the love of God, Lilac, I cannot handle your nonsense today.”

Lilac. I bet I would have made a great Disney princess if I were strong enough to stand up there with them.

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

This story flowed like no other book or piece of writing ever has before. It was a story that felt like it was meant to be told, coming from the deepest parts of myself and bubbling up to the surface in an overflow of words and emotions. It usually takes me years to finish a draft. It took me three weeks for Lilac, and aside from a few revisions and polishing, it’s still mostly intact. I explain that to say that the writing itself wasn’t difficult in the way other writing has been. The words were there. But the scenes—specifically around Lilac confronting her illness and leaving behind her family—were particularly emotional to write.

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I’m in the process of developing a sequel to Lilac in Winter, which tells Nathan’s story. I’m also finishing up a final draft of my next novel about a runaway orphan in the 1950s, as well as a novella companion to my very first book, Gold in the Days of Summer. I’m hoping to release both over the course of the next year.

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you so much! I appreciate you having me!

Susan Pogorzelski is the award-winning author of Gold in the Days of Summer: A Novella.Her first full-length novel, The Last Letter, is a semi-autobiographical account of her experiences living with Chronic Lyme Disease and was an Honorable Mention in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. When she’s not writing her own stories of nostalgia and the magic of everyday life, she works as a consultant, editor, and creative coach at Brown Beagle Books and is the founder of LymeBrave Foundation, Inc. She lives in South-Central Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs.

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  1. Danielle Hammelef

    This book sounds emotional and heartbreaking, yet so good to read.

  2. Mary Preston

    Such a unique concept. I love it.

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