Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog that looks like a sheep and three bunnies that have destroyed every piece of furniture she's ever owned in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
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This or That
by Susanne Winnacker
Standalone or Series?
There's no easy answer to that. I've read books that I loved and yet I didn't feel the need to read the other books in the series, simply because I was happy with the first book as it was (of course that doesn't work with cliffhangers). And then there are books that are standalones but I didn't want it to end. I wanted to read more. I guess it really depends on the book. But generally I prefer a series IF I loved a book.
Happy Endings or Cliffhangers?
I don't mind cliffhangers for a first or middle book of a series. They make me want to buy the next book faster. If a book has a happy ending, I often don't feel the need to keep reading. Of course a cliffhanger as the end of a series would make me livid, but I've never read a book that had one.
Coffee or Tea?
First thing in the morning: coffee. During the day: tea (Earl Grey or Matcha).
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night owl. I never go to bed before midnight.
Time Machine: travel to the past or the future?
The future. I love adventures and travelling into the future would be the ultimate adventure.
Beaches or Mountains?
Beaches, no doubt. I love the ocean – its smell, its sound, everything. If I could choose, I'd have a house at the beach.
Bad Boys or Good Guys?
Well, I usually prefer the bad boys, but to be honest most bad boys in books or movies have so many redeeming qualities that you can't really call them bad. They aren't true villains. So I guess, I like characters who aren't perfect. A character that's too good is boring to me.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Team Jacob. I've only read the first two books and the end of book 2 convinced me that I wouldn't get what I wanted.
Typing or Handwriting?
Typing. I use my laptop for writing my books and pretty much everything else. The only thing I'm still writing per hand are to-do lists and sometimes ideas if I'm not at home and don't have my laptop with me.
Sweet or Sour?
I guess, sour. I like sweet things, but I don't like it too sweet. Especially drinks. And fruit.
Dramas or Comedies?
Comedies. I'm not a big fan of emotional movies or TV series. Life provides enough drama.
Movies or TV?
Movies. I don't watch TV. The husband and I have a huge collection of DVDs and we don't mind watching a movie many times. Most of the time it's much better than what's on TV.
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. I LOVE dogs (and bunnies, and animals in general). I've had dogs pretty much all my life. I can't imagine living without a dog. Right now we have a Komondor (a Hungarian livestock guardian dog).
A life without writing or a life without reading?
I think you can't be a writer if you don't read. But if I had to choose, I'd probably choose a life without reading. That would be a sad life though.
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Thank you so much to Susanne Winnacker for answering all those This or That questions with absolutely fabulous answers! I can't wait to get my paws, err, hands on her book, Imposter! Here's a little bit more about it:
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late?
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
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