Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Nola Sarina
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Nola Sarina
Title of the book you are promoting: Wild Hyacinthe
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Hyacinthe-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00FM85OC4/
Genre: Spicy Paranormal Romance (Erotic Demon romance)
Welcome NS…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
NS: I always wanted to be a writer. I went through phases where I changed my mind now and then, but writing was always there.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
NS:: Many things influenced me – from the time I was little I was inspired by Jo in Little Women, and Anne Frank. Then, as I grew older, I began to reach out to authors for conversation and surprisingly, a few of them replied to me!
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
NS:: I am actually both. I’m represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, and my Vesper novellas (GILDED DESTINY & JADED TOUCH) are independent while WILD HYACINTHE is co-authored with my friend and fellow Cackling Moms blogger Emily Faith.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
NS:: While I’ve enjoyed the self-publishing process with my Vesper novellas, working with Crimson Romance on WILD HYACINTHE has been such a lovely experience. We were really excited when Michelle gave us the news they wanted to publish it, and working with the editors to perfect the balance of a story that features a totally non-traditional demon as a hero was a fun, educational (and challenging!) process. I truly enjoy the traditional publishing process more because of the team environment involved with traditional houses.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
NS:: I would invite the Dalai Lama and NOT discuss the pile of laundry behind me that needs to be folded.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
NS:: I would snap my fingers and make wholesome food consumption an easy, indisputably attainable goal for all people. Over-processed food is full of poison, yet there are many situations in which eating whole foods is not reasonable or affordable. I wish I could rid my house of processed foods entirely, but society functions in a way that makes that difficult for many families. We’d all be happier and healthier if we still ate nothing but real foods and no chemical crap.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
NS:: I think book covers are extremely important, but I fervently disagree that the traditional bookstore is obsolete. Traditional bookstores are adapting to the shift toward ebooks, and it’s only a matter of time before POD books are easier to find in bookstores through consignment programs, etc. I still feel having a winning cover (and by winning, I mean unique) is a critical step in making good book sales.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
NS:: I wrote my first book at the age of six. It was about a girl and her brother Vincent who died of smallpox. My mother found it a little bit morbid, since the critical page in the book said, “Then one day, Vincent died. He had smallpox.”
Funny, I’m still offing characters now and then. 🙂
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
NS:: It’s the emotion that gets me. I want to feel every moment of every interaction, I want to be left with lingering feelings that are hard to shake after being immersed so wholly in a character. Hopefully, that’s what readers get from my books, too. *gnaws fingernails in anticipation*
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
NS:: It’s the character who comes to me first. The story evolves after I know what kind of personal journey the character is preparing to embark upon.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
NS:: Emily Faith and I are deep in a sequel edit right now and the beginning of a new series, and I have somewhere between 4-6 novels on the go at the moment.
LH: I have 6 books published… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
NS:: I have three books published out of a completed 7-9. All of the unpublished ones need revision, though. I believe I evolve with every book I write and owe it to my characters to revisit and re-sculpt their stories as needed.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
NS:: I write because I just have to. I had a few adult years where I wasn’t writing, and I was miserable. I crave the creative expression. I cherish my characters. It’s bliss, and if I happen to make a dime or two off it, bonus!
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
NS:: I know not all of my family or friends will approve of what I write. It doesn’t bother me. My problem is that I’m highly social with family and friends, and sometimes I feel torn between my worlds and the real world. I try to strike a healthy balance of living in both.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
NS:: Not actual “block,” no. I’ve had speed bumps. But every time I take a week or two away from writing (or a couple months, once), I come back refreshed and ready to kick ass.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
NS:: Yes. Learn how to accept criticism. Learn to apply that which you should incorporate into your writing to better yourself, and learn which pieces of advice are best left behind to maintain your individuality.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
NS: Well, first, I’d tell my agent. I would be excited to see what kind of creative vision the creator of the movie had for my characters and stories. It would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see what kind of inspiration I’ve been to other artists in other mediums.
Thanks for that fun and fascinating interview NS…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Coffee
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bath after exercise
Favorite Color? At the moment, purple. It kind of depends on what I’m writing.
Take out or Dine in? Dine in.
Camping or Hotel? I wish I could say camping, but hotel.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Cats – allergic to dogs. 😦
Favorite Food? Sushi
Favorite Song? Right now, Demons by Imagine Dragons
Favorite Movie? THE GREAT GATSBY OMG THANK YOU FOR ASKING THIS JUST SO I HAD AN EXCUSE TO MENTION IT
Favorite Car? Lamborghini Gallardo.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both. Absolutely both.
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
NS: Is it silly to say I’d take all of my imaginary friends (characters) somewhere exotic and sit down with them and go over their stories to make sure I really have it all correct? I’d document their feelings, their goals, where they see themselves going, watch how they interact with each other… God, I’m obsessed… and then I’d thank them from the bottom of my heart for being such awesome people. And thank them all for not killing or eating me.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Nola Sarina’s