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Interview and Giveaway: Diana Nixon, author of Hate at First Sight

Monday, February 10, 2014

This week it's Hate at First Sight week with lots of posts and lots of prizes so don't dare to miss it. You will have a chance to win e-copies of Hate at First Sight by Diana Nixon and awesome swags from J.M Rising Horse Creations. Not to mention all the awesome posts you will get to read. Just so you get an idea and know who to stalk, here is the full schedule of the tour.

Feb 14th (Interview) - 
Feb 16th (Review) - 
Feb 16th (Guest Post) -

Interview with Diana Nixon

I want to thank Diana for allowing me to interrogate her again and putting me in charge with the Hate at First Sight Blog tour.

AB: Hate at First Sight was your first Romance book, no supernatural elements. Was it hard for you to create a story with more or less ordinary people in it?
DN: No, it wasn’t hard to create the story itself. But it wasn’t easy to make the idea look good on paper:) There are no supernatural elements in the book, which means that even ordinary people should have powers to attract readers’ attention:) I really enjoyed writing Hate at First Sight. First, because it was a new book to work on; second, because I could try myself in a new genre, with a different writing style and a new approach to building the storyline. The most important thing for me is to like my characters and the way they are telling the story. Since I hate writing plans, I always let them tell me what to write in the next chapter. In Aiden’s and Megan’s case it was as simple as anything. Every time I came up with another sharp comment for Aiden, I immediately knew what Megan will say in response:)

AB: Do you have a writing ritual? What is the coziest spot you use for writing?
DN: My writing ritual is very simple: coffee, chapter, one more cup of coffee, one more chapter:) I like writing in silence, so usually I have breakfast, and after the rest of my family leaves the kitchen, I stay there to think about a new couple of paragraphs:)

AB: Did any of your characters started as being in one way, but slowly changed on its own? Without your planning?
DN: Hahaha, it happens all the time actually. The story never goes the way it was originally supposed to go. I always come up with something new, and make more and more changes. And yes, sometimes my characters are simply impossible to control, lol. They do what they want, so complying with their wishes is the only choice I have:)

AB: If you had the chance to choose two known actors to play Megan and Aiden, who would they be? Who do you think it would do justice in appearance and not only?
DN: Jordana Brewster as Megan Brawley and Channing Tatum as Aiden Murphy.

AB: If you had a chance, would you change anything in any of your books?
DN: I would never stop making changes, lol. This is one of the negative things about being a writer. Besides, I’m a perfectionist; I want my books to be perfect, though of course I do realize that perfection is a very relative term, and I can’t make every line look perfect. But still, every time I read my book before publishing it, I keep finding places that I would like to change. Maybe that’s why I never read it after it’s released, lol. If we are talking about the storylines in general, I don’t think I would change anything, I love my plots:)

Author Bio:

Diana Nixon is a poet and the author of fantasy and contemporary romances.
She was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she currently lives. In 2008 she graduated from Belorussian state University. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish.
Official page:

About the book:
Every day of Megan’s life was carefully planned. Freedom and independence had been her best friends for years. Until one day she met Aiden, whose priorities were so much like hers….
What happens when attraction wins?
What happens when poles apart become equal?
What happens when the flames of passion burn everything in their way?
Is there still a chance to resist the power of magnetism?
The walls of inaccessibility will come crashing down. Everything she thought was unacceptable he will turn into pure pleasure….
Dive into the world of Hate at First Sight to see if hate can become something completely different….
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Interview: Adrian Lupsa, author of Necessary Evil

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
          Long time I haven't got an interview posted here. But that's ok, today I have another author as a guest and this time he is a little closer to me. He is, like me from Romania and I enjoyed quite a lot his book Necessary Evil.
          If you missed it, here is my review.

AB: Tell us a little about you and your series, Necessary Evil.
AL: I’m 21 years old, I live in Romania and I’m a student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ovidius University of Constantza.
Necessary Evil is a Young-Adult novel about a teenager whose parents go on a business trip. She remains home alone for a week and decides to throw a party with her friends, but after this, strange things start happening in her house. Christine tries to discover what’s going on and at the same time to keep the peace of her mind. As she seeks answers, she embarks on a journey that will change her life.

AB: When did you realize that you want to be an author and what was your first non-published creation?
AL: I wanted to publish a book since I was in school, but in that moment I did not have the experience to do it. Then I grew up and I heard about a lot of self-published authors who had success and I also discovered Kindle. That was the moment when I realized that my dreams can become true.
I was only thirteen when I wrote my first serious story. Unfortunately, I never finished it and remained unpublished. I might have it somewhere, written in a copy-book.

AB: What inspired you to write about The Shadows as creatures?
AL: I wanted something different, especially that in the last period we see so many books about vampires and werewolves. I thought it would be great if I could bring something new and intriguing at the same time.

AB: What was the most difficult part to write in your story and why?
AL: The most difficult moment of writing my book was when I reached chapter five and I had to write all the romantic scenes between Christine and Aaron. It was really hard for me to describe the action without giving too many details, risking turning the novel into an adult one. :D

AB: How many books do you plan to have in the series and do you already have an ending?
AL: I have in my head the idea of a trilogy. I don’t have the end of the third book yet, but I can imagine it.

AB: Give me three of your most favorite quotes from Necessary Evil as a new addition for my quotes journal.
AL: “You can leave if you want, but the shadows will always follow you.”
“Maybe you are sleepwalking.” // “And I tripped over a rock? What do you think I have in my room? Carpet stones?”
“Are you calling me stupid?” She did not expect an answer and continued. “Am I fat? Aah? Are you calling me fat?” // “What? Are you crazy? What’s the point?” // “None, but it doesn’t matter.”

AB: What will happen in the second book? Can you give us a little sneak peak?
AL: A few weeks ago I wrote a small resume of the second book. The only thing I can tell is that the action will be dynamic, a lot of things are going to happen and a lot of unsolved mysteries from book one will be revealed.

AB: Please tell me: your favorite book, movie, tv show and song…if that is possible.
AL: Currently, I’m in love with the True Blood Series. I really enjoy the stories that Charlaine Harris brought to life. I love the Harry Potter movies, but I also enjoy 3D animations. Favorite Song? There are so many good songs out there, so it’s really hard to decide, but I’m a fan of Adele. :D

AB: Do you have any advice for young authors?
AL: No matter what, just keep writing. Only in this way you can improve your skills and become better.

AB: Do you have anything you want to say to all of your fans and not only?
AL: I want to thank them for all their support. I hope they enjoyed/will enjoy the book.

AB: Thank you Adrian for the interview.

Interview: Isaac Hooke, author of The Forever Gate

Monday, April 01, 2013

          Isaac Hooke is my guest for today. He agreed to answer a few questions about The Forever Gate series, which I absolutely love. I think that these books are my favorite SF books and I recommend you all to read them.

In case you’ve missed my reviews until now, here they are:
Review – The Forever Gate
Review – The Forever Gate 2
Review – The Forever Gate 3

AB: Tell us a little about you and your series, The Forever Gate.
IH: Hello Amina, thanks for having me here.

Well I live in the snowy capital of Alberta, Canada--a city called Edmonton. I have a degree in Engineering Physics, and I like to cycle and work-out in my spare time. I also have a passion for photography, and in summer you'll find me playing around with f-stops and shutter speed while I try to capture the perfect landscape.

The Forever Gate is a series of five short novels that I've released every month since January. Currently writing book five. The Forever Gate is a science fiction story about a man tormented by his past, and how he comes to terms with that past. He learns not to be so self-centered, and that there are larger problems beyond himself. The story is set in a far future that at first seems to resemble the middle ages.

AB: When did you realize that you want to be an author and what was your first non-published creation?
IH: I don't know if there was any single defining moment. I was an avid reader ever since Grade 2. That's when I first started writing. Back then it was picture-book stories contributed to the classroom library. Can you imagine, there would be titles like The Hobbit and A Wrinkle in Time, and then you'd come across Dwighty's Little Adventure by you-know-who :)

Many years later, after I graduated from University with a degree in Engineering Physics, I started writing screenplays as a hobby after work. In addition to being a huge reader, I'd become a big movie buff, and writing screenplays gave me a creative outlet. By the end of 1998, I'd grown sufficiently in love with the written word to transition into short stories. I wrote my first novel in 2001. By 2004, I had written my fourth unpublished novel, a sword-and-sorcery fantasy work.

At that point I got into a bit of a revision loop, with that fourth novel. After seventeen drafts, a few writing courses and workshops, and three complete rewrites later, I had what I thought was the final draft in October 2012. Then I hired an editor. He only just got back to me this March, and looks like I'll be rewriting that one once again!

AB: What was your inspiration for the Forever Gate series? How did you managed to create the surreal worlds we get to explore in the books?

IH: Well I've been wanting to write a story that tackles the big questions of reality for quite some time now. I never forgot the original 1985 Twilight Zone episode that the Matrix was based on called "Dreams for Sale," and always thought it would be cool to expand on the concepts. I wanted to write about a simulated world that had some fantasy elements in it, such as magic. So basically, all those different concepts found their way into The Forever Gate.

While waiting for a developmental edit draft from the professional editor I hired for the other novel I mentioned, I spent the two weeks during Christmas break 2012 and wrote the Forever Gate in a stream of creativity. I hit the publish button on January 1st, 2013.

The Forever Gate itself was originally envisioned as a standalone short novel with the potential for more, and people became interested and indeed asked for more, so I added a cliffhanger to use as the excerpt for book 2 and begin expanding it!

AB: Do you have any other projects after the Forever Gate?
IH: Lots! I have a contemporary romance novel I'm working on, and a space opera, and of course the unpublished fantasy novel I mentioned.

AB: What was the most difficult part to write and why?
IH: There's a scene in book 2 where Ari loses her father again. That was an emotional scene, and I always teared up when going through it. I guess that's a good sign though... because as Robert Frost says, "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader."

AB: The first book was written from Hoodwink’s POV and the second and the third from Ari’s. Which POV you enjoyed writing more?
IH: I actually enjoyed them both. Hoodwink has his own fun little quirks and speech patterns--one of his favorite phrases is "something nasty" for example--while Ari has kind of a fresh, maybe a little naive perspective on everything, especially on everything related to the Outside. She has a good vibe going on with Tanner, and it's fun to write their flirtatious banter.
AB: There were several quotes I enjoyed from all three books until now, how about giving us three quotes you enjoyed writing?
IH: Here's a small sampling -- by the way, I'd love to hear what some of your fav. quotes from the books are :)

"What's impossible is possible. Ascend the impossible."

"The only thing holding him up was the strength of his own body. There was no rope. No second-chances should he make a mistake. He rode death's horse by the tips of his fingers and the tips of his toes."

"What is reality?

A series of lights painted on our irises? A sequence of sounds played out on our ear drums? The touch of a lover? The crisp scent of fresh snow in the morning? The taste of cinnamon-spiced wine? An emotion? A memory?

She had experienced all of these things on the Inside.

And all of them were false."

AB: My favorite is most definitely this one:

Without warning, the air cracked with a sound that was ten times louder than a thunderclap, and Ari felt her chest vibrate. Glass windows shattered on the building beside her, and people screamed as the shards rained into the street. More smoke plumes ripped up the sky, followed by more earsplitting thunderclaps.

AB: Please tell me: your favorite book, movie, tv show and song…if that is possible.
IH: For books, I have a special place in my heart for the Chronicles of Prydain, the Lord of the Rings, and The Wheel of Time.

For movies, my favorites are Tron, Conan the Barbarian, Lord of the Rings, and the Matrix.

For TV shows I loved the Old Star Trek, and Star Trek the Next Generation.

For songs I usually listen to movie soundtracks, the orchestral kind, I find it really inspiring.

AB: Do you have any advice for young authors?
IH: Number one: Keep writing. That's really all that matters. Every word you write makes you better. And besides, if you look at the top writers on Amazon, they're not necessarily the ones who have the best novels out there, but they're the ones who have the most. When a reader finishes a book they love, one of the first things they'll do is go out and buy more books by that author.

Number two: Take some writing workshops (either online or in the real world) or join a critique group. If you're writing in your room all day long, without getting any feedback from anyone, it's too easy to spin your wheels. By taking a workshop or joining a critique group, you'll get a chance to see what other people think. Writing is subjective of course, and one person's filet mignon is another's Mcdonald's BLT, but still, if everyone in your writing group doesn't like what you've come up with, there could be something you need to work on.

Number three: Get out of revision loops, and publish something now! It doesn't have to be perfect. If you're worried people aren't going to like your story because you've made a few grammatical mistakes, or your prose isn't perfect, then you're worried for the wrong reason. The story is the only thing that matters. The prose can be perfect, but if the story sucks, well, you won't have many readers.

I'm reminded of what Harrison Ford said to Mark Hamill while filming Star Wars. Mark Hamill was worried about his hair matching from scene to scene, so he'd constantly pull out a mirror to make sure his style hadn't changed. Harrison Ford noticed this, and asked him what he was doing. When Mark Hamill told him, Harrison quipped, "If they're noticing your hair, we got bigger problems, kid!"

AB: Thank you for the interview. Do you want to say anything to your fans and not only?
IH: Thanks to all my amazing readers, and to those who've sent me emails or made Facebook/Twitter posts telling me how much they love The Forever Gate. Things like that really make it all worthwhile :)

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