Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Nadine! Will you share a little about yourself and your latest book? Why thank you, Melanie! And congratulations on your Blogoversary!! *squeal* I can shower you in confetti or cookies…your choice. ;-)
I’m a booknerd and a dork. We’ll start with that. My favorite hobby is adventuring and I’ve been writing adventure novels since I could hold a pen. My latest book that released is A Time to Speak, the second book in my dystopian trilogy (book 3 releases this fall! Eee!) It’s the story about a world where everyone knows the day they’re going to die and my main character has only a year left to make something of her life.
Hubby is my fellow adventurer and brainstormer. He and I live in Idaho with no pets, no kids (aside from the 20+ teens who come play games with us every Friday.), and a lot of snow.
What do you hope readers come away with after reading your newest story?
Oh man. This is my favorite book of the series, so I could talk a long time (but I won’t…) I hope readers come away inspired to be bold! It’s totally scary to step up and be bold or make a stand, but it’s so worth it when you’re standing for Christ and being an example of shalom. *deep breath*
We are all meant for something great, because God doesn’t write mediocre or bland stories. But it’s up to us to pursue that greatness and He’ll lead us. Parvin (my main character) finally does this in A Time to Speak and she rocks it. :P (In my opinion.)
Do you find it more fun to write stand-alones or series?
I’ve never written a standalone, but I’m in the process of plotting one and I really like it. I love reading standalone because I feel like they pack a much stronger punch than books in a series. So…I’ll try my hand at a standalone and let you know! All I’m sure of so far is that series are really hard to write.
Who are some of your favorite authors whose books have never disappointed you?
Marissa Meyer! If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles do it now! They’re phenomenal. Also Jill Williamson, though I haven’t read everything she’s written. But I’ve read most of it and every book is so unique and perfectly developed. My favorite series is the Blood of Kings Trilogy. Lastly, I love Rae Carson’s writing. It’s tight, it’s clean, and it’s very unique.
What's the last thing you celebrated, not including birthdays or holidays?
Well, my jaw is still on the floor for this one, but my debut novel A Time to Die won the ACFW Carol Award. It was a big deal—full-length gown, banquet, speech and everything. Phew! The nerves! (Don’t worry, I had my inhaler with me. :P ) So my entire family basically drowned me in celebrations. It was such an enormous honor and I still tear up at the thought.
I can’t even.
Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what was your favorite book growing up?
Yes! Though I had trouble finding the types of books I liked. When I was growing up, YA was just starting and Christian fantasy and sci-fi wasn’t a huge genre either, so I really had to search. But my favorite books growing up were Harry Potter. (Is that too cliche?) The first book came out when I was about 11, so I was Harry’s age for a while. He became a friend as I traversed the waters of awkward Jr. High and I fell in love with fantasy thanks to those books.
Do you have any card/board games that you like to play?
Oh do I? I married a gamer, so he introduced me to all the goodies: Settlers of Catan (FAVORITE)! Stone Age, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, etc. We’ve recently fallen in love with a silly small game called Hey! That’s my Fish! It’s delightful. I also enjoy card games and chess. :)
Some this-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms?
SNOW! My rule is…if it’s snowing, I must write. No matter the busyness or my to-do list or lack of inspiration. Snow - writing and chai and fuzzy socks and a fire and…am I getting carried away?
Brownies or Cookies?
Ooh, tough one. If the brownies are gooey enough then brownies. :)
Call or Text?
Early-bird or Night-owl?
Afternoon robin? Is that an option? I LOVE mornings, but due to some health issues I can rarely wake up early without being ill. *sigh* But afternoons are when I thrive. :)
Introvert or Extrovert?
Right smack dab in the middle, thank you! But I think I’m growing more extroverted by the day. Hopefully in a non-intimidating way. I just adore people and being real.
Facebook or Twitter?
Tough one! I’m slowly growing more inclined to Twitter, but for now it’s still Facebook. (Though I think I let my dork out more often on Twitter.)
Mystery or Romance?
I’m not a huge reader of either of these genres…unless it’s a mystery in a fantasy world, or a romance on another planet? :P *not-so-subtly avoids the question*
Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?
Why yes! I’m currently working on a standalone and here are my hints: fantasy, labyrinth, assassin.
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
You can find me pretty much anywhere! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (my new fav!) and of course my website. If readers sign up for my newsletter that’s where all the hints and goodies get dropped.
Thank you so much for having me and I’m excited to connect with everyone in the comments! So here’s a question:
What’s YOUR preference? Early-bird or Night-owl (or afternoon robin!) and why?
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