Author: Suzie Plakson
Narrator: Suzie Plakson
Length: 11 hours and 54 minutes
Publisher: Pilmsthistle & Co.
Released: Aug. 2, 2019
THE RETURN OF KING LILLIAN is a new hero's journey for dreamers of all ages. When Lillian, the one and only heir to the throne, is cast out of her kingdom by malevolent forces, she accidentally wanders into the Forest of Forgetfullness, where she is rescued by wolves and raised by an eccentric old wise woman. When she comes of age, she is called by Destiny to return home. The trouble is, when Lillian steps out of the Forest, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she hails. Undaunted, the spirited, self-reliant young woman sets off into the unknown, determined to rediscover her long lost self and to reclaim her stolen birthright. Early readers and listeners have compared this allegorical saga to The Last Unicorn, The Alchemist, The Princess Bride, and The Once and Future King. The Return of King Lillian is a story for people who take the road less traveled, people who live outside the box, people who love fantasy, fairy tales, myth, and metaphysics. This debut novel, written and narrated by multi-media artist Suzie Plakson, is a journey full of comedy, calamity, and a host of unforgettable characters. 2019 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner EDITORIAL REVIEWS: "The Return of King Lillian is entrancing, audacious, and addictive in the very best way. A splendidly creative allegory told by Suzie Plakson with flair, wit, and passion.” — Marianne de Pierres, author of Parrish Plessis and The Peacemaker series "The Return of King Lillian is a basket of magic. Echoing Joseph Campbell's feeling that the world needs new storytellers and new myths to help us greet the coming age, I'll say that Suzie Plakson is one of those storytellers, and King Lillian is one of those myths.” — Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives "With The Return of King Lillian, Suzie Plakson has done the impossible, telling a tale that at once seems both like a timeless classic and something modern, fresh, and entirely new. And her audiobook performance is a joy in its own right. Suzie casts you under her spell as she inhabits the character of Lillian, as well as every other magical creature and person Lillian encounters along her journey. This impeccably-produced recording is guaranteed to brighten your day and lift your spirits!” — David Briggs, Supervising Sound Editor, Tales of the City, Divorce "To say that King Lillian thoroughly enchanted me and left me spellbound would be the understatement of the century. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and King Lillian is my favorite of all. Suzie Plakson's voice is velvet mixed with grit mixed with enchantment. It takes you into another realm - into the mystic.” — Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of It's All in Your Dreams
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Q&A with Author/Narrator Suzie Plakson
- When you were writing this, were you always thinking of this as an audiobook?
- You clearly have a deep love of language. Have you always been a collector of words?
- How did you select your narrator?
- Is there a dream author or a dream book that you would like to narrate?
- What type of training have you undergone?
- What were your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating your audiobook?
- Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonant in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- What would you like for people get out of listening to your audiobook?