Today, let's welcome award-winning author Nadine Brandes to The Diamond Mine!! She's the author of the three-book Out of Time speculative fiction series. And her newest book is due out this July: Fawkes.
She's a gifted, imaginative writer whose stories will rivet you with vivid characters and compelling settings. What an exciting and rewarding experience it is to read her books! Welcome, Nadine! I'm so honored to host you today!
So, let's begin by hearing a brief description of your Out of Time series.
These books are about a world where everyone has a clock telling them how long they have to live. The main character starts with one year left to her life.
A premise like that really grabs the reader from the beginning. I know it did for me! What element of this story really brings it alive for you?
It feels very personal because Parvin (the main character) wrestles with a lot of the same questions I did as a teen: What’s the point of being alive? Can I really make an impact on this world? How do I tackle this God thing?
You did a great job of exploring these questions that so many teens as well as adults find themselves struggling with. Very true-to-life.
Speaking of that, are any of your characters based on real people?
I draw all of my inspiration from real life, but no character is based off one person in general. :)
I know what you mean! So many of my characters have aspects from real people, but have their own unique personality which develops as the story does.
Do your books begin with a small idea that grows as you write, or do you have a fairly fleshed-out story in mind before you begin to write?
It really depends on the book! For A Time to Die, it was a small idea that grew as I wrote it. (Grew into a three book series!) But for Fawkes (my upcoming release) I had the story fairly fleshed out before I started.
So just like your characters, your books have their own personality, too! Do you write nearly every day for a period of time, or do you write in short or long bursts depending on inspiration?
Haha! I definitely don’t write every day. My creative juices have to refuel, so I usually have two “big chunk” writing days a week. The other days are spent plotting, blogging, and interacting with my readers via social media.