First a huge apology to Nadine for being late in posting this spotlight, helping people move this past week and having to get up after three hours of sleep wasn’t a good combo yesterday. Without further ado it is my pleasure to introduce author Nadine Keels!
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Nadine, a lifelong bookworm-turned-author with a particular passion for fiction. I’m becoming as much of a film lover as I am a book lover—it all stems from my love of storytelling. When I was thirteen, reading a novel saved my life (John Nielson Had a Daughter by Ruth Livingston Hill), and I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.
2) Where can we find you on the internet?
My website is Prismatic Prospects, http://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/. I’m also on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
3) Why did you choose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?
As far as fiction goes, my favorite books tend to have romance in them, even if they’re not strictly in the romance novel genre, so writing books with romance (or love stories) in them is a natural, even inevitable, choice for me. As far as my writing style, I’m a poet and a lover of words. We live in a media-driven culture of quick sound bites and 140-character limitations, and I believe there should always be books where readers can delve into the depth and height and breadth of language. Sometimes taking the scenic route and enjoying the ride in literature is a great way to paint a compelling, lasting picture for reading audiences and thinkers, something I find and appreciate in much of the classic literature I read—something I don’t want our society to lose. I don’t yet have the command of language I’d like to have one day, but I’m working on it, and my writing reflects my love of words: concise with license.
4) Tell us about your latest book.
The Movement of Crowns is a novella series of royalty, romance, war, and hope, set in the fictional kingdoms of Diachona and Munda. The three books center on an indomitable princess, a beautiful prankster, and a young, untried ruler of a powerful Realm: three people whose destinies are entwined. An epic journey awaits each of them, after which they’ll never be the same.
5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?
I can’t say I’d want to live in any world besides the one I live in now, but I’d like to visit the world of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island to see some of that splendid nature L.M. Montgomery does a magnificent job of describing in her books.
6) What was your favorite book growing up?
My favorite book for much of my childhood was Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. Even as a “pest,” Ramona is so relatable!
7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?
My main piece of advice that I repeat for any writer is simple: know the specific reason(s) why you, the individual, write, so that you’re writing (and living) on purpose. Be able to clearly articulate your purpose for writing to yourself and to other people. Whenever you experience discouragement anywhere in your writing, publishing, or book business process, you can revisit the reason(s) why you write, which will motivate you to keep on doing what you’re doing, and to do it well.
8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?
Quiet room indoors, sitting at my laptop. If it’s sunny outside, I prefer to sit where fresh air and lots of sunlight can come in, but I don’t necessarily want to go outside while I’m writing. Too many pleasant distractions out there.
9) What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?
My favorite board games are Monopoly and Pay Day—but only when Monopoly is played by the House Rules my family used when I was growing up, and only if the Pay Day game is the nice, homey, old-fashioned version that came out in 1975.
10) What can we look forward to from you in the future?
My plan: more inspiring fiction with romance until I’ve written all such books I can write! I’m currently trying my hand at a Chick Lit title. We’ll see how it goes.
Thanks again Nadine for taking the time and answering my questions.