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MEET THE AUTHORS CHLOE AND OLIVIA CURTIS – AURORA TRILOGY | NAJA

Hello and welcome (back) to Nocturnal Book Club blog! 🙂

Today I would like to introduce to you Olivia and Chloe Curtis, sisters and authors of Aurora trilogy. You can read my review of Aurora here. I also had an interview with both of them:

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Released Book: Aurora

Currently working on: Amber

My sister Olivia and I are what people call “Military Brats”, a term used to
describe children of military families. I guess you could say we have no hometown because of how much we moved around. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and, five years later, Olivia was born in St. Louis, Missouri. About a year after she was born we moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Both of us consider this to be a hometown to us because we spent a decent number of years there before moving once more. We spent almost eight years in Florida before moving to Fairfax, Virginia. We stayed in the area, only moving to neighboring towns after that. My dad retired from the Air Force allowing us to stay permanently. When I was twenty I married my high school sweetheart who was in training to join the Air Force. We got stationed in Dover, Delaware, about three hours away from our families in Virginia. I was still in college and had about two years left till I finished my four-year business degree. Olivia was just finishing her first year of high school when I moved out.

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In November 2014 I graduated college and was uncertain about what to do next. The area that my husband and I were stationed in didn’t have very many opportunities for jobs and I was feeling lost. Over the holiday season my sister suggested writing a book. We sat up one evening and came up with the entire concept for Aurora. It took us a year to complete the writing and artwork for the book and four months to finish editing, layout, and format for it. April 2016 we released Aurora on Amazon and it was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. I was 24 almost and Olivia was 19 and we just wrote, illustrated, and published a book. It was unreal. My family was ecstatic. My mom and dad are definitely our biggest fans. My husband was thrilled and has worked so hard to make sure I am able to pursue whatever makes me happy. Everyone we know has completely supported us and for that we could never be grateful enough.
The next step for us was promoting. I posted about it on Imgur, a picture sharing social media site, and it went viral overnight. I was in complete shock. We did multiple promotions for it including glow in the dark wristbands that we gave away during a music festival called Firefly. Shortly after that, we did the book giveaway with Blissful Life Project; it was so fun and rewarding to work with someone who is so passionate about books.

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Now it’s been a year since the release of Aurora and we are slowly working on book two, Amber. It has been much more challenging because my husband and I moved back home to Virginia, I started a job that turned out to be relatively demanding at a bank, and my sister is a full time student. I think the most challenging thing about writing a book is being able to write when inspiration hits. I work six days a week most weeks and I can’t tell you how many times I get inspired to write and I can’t. I love working and I find my job to be challenging and rewarding but it does get in the way. I have to learn where the balance is so that I can blend both harmoniously. Writing is one of the most powerful tools we have. I feel so lucky that I get to paint pictures with words and connect with people on such a unique level. Olivia, who collaborates with me on almost every detail, gets to take our words and paint a literal picture with them. She can see what the words are supposed to look like and she designs such astounding works of art from it. It makes the books ten times more powerful to me personally because our connection as sisters is literally drawn out for the reader every chapter.
As we are working on our more mundane life tasks and our books we are also working on music. My husband is a musician and the three of us work together on small projects that will hopefully be out there one day for all of you to hear. Right now our plans for the future consist of continuing the Aurora series, working on music, and enjoying the journey. While it is important to have goals and push for a brighter future, it is equally important to savor the moment leading up to it. Hopefully Amber will be released in 2018 and everyone can enjoy that journey with us. For now we hope you all continue to enjoy Aurora and it’s many mysteries and surprises!

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Have you read Aurora? If you have make sure to leave link to your review in the comments, I would love to read your thoughts, I absolutely love this book. I also have Aurora on my list of books to reread in December.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH LORNA HOLLIFIELD | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog!

 

Today I have another interview I would love to share with you and give you all a chance to virtually meet Lorna Hollifield. She was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her family. Tobacco Sun is her first novel and I feel so honoured that I had a chance to ask her a few questions! 🙂

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How did you come up with the idea for Tobacco Sun?

A great song synergized with a field I drove through once, and the characters started talking to me.

When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

The definitely grow and change as I write.  I go stream-of-consciousness as I feel myself starting to become them.  It is never overly-planned.  It’s very organic.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

 I don’t remember the very first story I ever read in my life.  However, I do remember one of the first “chapter books” I read, Walk Two Moons.  It really made me want to write and connect humans with other humans.  I remember wanting to do what the author had done.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Sometime in the first grade when I realized it was an option.  I feel like I’ve always wanted to be this.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Fear of never doing it….it was scary to me to imagine a life where I never became a writer.

Where do the your ideas come from?

I wish I had a magic answer, but I don’t.  I feel almost like I still have imaginary friends in my head.  I just get these characters from the smallest things sometimes, then I plug them into setting I find interesting.  It comes from everything I do everyday, I suppose.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

No.  I write things that are meant to be read sometimes, and other times I write things no one will ever see.  I can’t but write, but I have to choose the pieces that the world should know about.  Writing is maybe the only thing that comes like breathing to me.  It just happens.  They aren’t all pretty, easy breaths though 🙂

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first storybook when I was 8 years old, and a classmate still has it somewhere.  I finished my first novel at 23, but didn’t get my book deal (on my third novel) until I was 30.  I’m 31 now.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

 I have written 4 novels at this point.  I cannot pick a favorite between the last 3, but I can tell you that I think the first one SUCKS!  I didn’t have a clue, but I learned 🙂

Have you written any other books that are not published?

3 unpublished.  Hopefully that will change soon!

Where is your favorite place to write?

Wherever the mood strikes…usually in my jammies after I wake up.  I wish it were more glamorous, but curled up and comfy works!

Does your book have a lesson? Moral?

Yes…it is about redemption.  I believe we all go through so much, and we have to allow ourselves second chances…not passes, not redos, but hope.  That’s what Tobacco Sun is about.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

There’ve been a few that have really affected me.  But seriously, Walk Two Moons that I read when I was a kid.  It taught me so much about people, other cultures, and facing hard facts.  It made me the writer I am.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love the beginning when I get a new idea.  It’s like new love…exciting, and incredible.  I can’t wait to see where we go together.

What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

Next for me is trying to get The Weeping Jug on the shelves while I continue to promote Tobacco Sun!  Then I have other books floating in my head that need written!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to run because it pushes me.  But…I also like to lounge around on the beach all day!

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in ten years? 

In 10 years I hope to have 4 or 5 novels out, have established a good brand, and have given it alI have.  I want to be doing what I’m doing now on a grander scale!

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time!  You have to take the plunge and do it!  No safety net!

What is your favourite motivational phrase?

“Be the girl who decided to go for it.”  It’s simple, but it says it all…going for it is the only difference between a dreamer and a doer.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A writer.  Always.

Where can we find you online?

                        lornahollifield .com

                        @AuthorLornaH (twitter)

                        @writerlornahollifield (Instagram)

                        Lorna Hollifield (Facebook)

                        Reach out to me!  I love it!

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

Just the advice I give everyone.  Leave your porch today, and you’ll find opportunity.  Just don’t wait for someone to pull you into the light you deserve to be in!

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MEET NEW AUTHOR JESSICA PRATHER | ANA PAULA

Meet new author Jessica Prather

“If you work hard enough, great things happen!” – Jessica Prather

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That is something Jessica Prather, author of the upcoming “The Traitor’s Crux”, told me in an interview I sent her. After 40+ rejections and years of hard work, Jessica has made her dream of publishing her first novel come true. Today, I bring you an exclusive interview prior to her book’s release brought you by Books That Shape Us:

As a new author, how do you feel that your dream of writing your own book is coming true?

“It’s both exciting AND terrifying! It’s such a weird feeling knowing that people will be reading my work. I’m so grateful that I get to share it with the world!”

Did you ever expect to write a book? How has your journey been so far?

“I’ve always loved writing! I have all these old notebooks from the first grade where I wrote all these bizarre little stories- I was a really weird kid. I would never have expected that it would end up where it has. I started The Traitor’s Crux a few years ago and never thought that it’d be published. It was sort of a “why not” moment, where I started sending it to agents. Honestly, it proves that you should never give up on your dreams. If you work hard enough, great things happen! It took me about 40+ rejections and lots of headaches to see that. I don’t think that I’ll ever thank Ben from Oftomes Publishing enough for taking this chance on my book- it means the world to me. Hopefully, readers love it too!”

Who has inspired you to write throughout your years as a reader?

“There are so many authors I admire. This is really cliché, but I remember reading Harry Potter when I was in first grade and just loving it. That really started my passion for literature. I also LOVE flowery prose like in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work. A few other inspirations of mine are Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, and Markus Zusak.”

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How did the idea for Traitor Crux come to you? What inspired you?

“A number of things, really. I’m a big sucker for magic in stories. I love it! I’m also a big history nerd- I read any historical novel I can get my hands on. TTC is inspired by events both past and current. History repeats itself in patterns- it’s one of the most important things a person can study.”

Do you relate to any of your characters? Do you believe there’s part of you in any of them?

“You know, I think there are pieces of me in a lot of them. I have a lot of Kenadee’s quiet
personality. We’re both big-time worriers. Bryce and I are both a bit awkward. Tess is the type of person that I’d love to be. She’s like the human version of a unicorn: very bubbly and free-spirited. I don’t know that this is exactly a great thing, but there’s also some of me in Harlow. We’re kind of “no B.S.” type people. It kind of puts people off- I know I’ve had some friends that thought I was a b**** at first (I’ve learned to be really conscious about my face, because I could just be lost in thought and people will think I’m glaring. It’s awful, haha). I also share Harlow’s sarcastic sense of humor, though she’s a lot more cynical than I am.”

One of the things I’ve heard is the most complicated things to do is world-building. How was it for you? Did you have trouble making everything connect?

“Yeah, world-building is a bit of a struggle of mine. Luckily, I have an amazing editor who has really helped me refine the world that they live in. There’s a lot of little details that you have to be really mindful of, like technology and all that kind of stuff. It really makes you think!”

What message do you expect your readers to get from this series?

“Keep your eyes open. Like I said before, history repeats itself in patterns. These kinds of things don’t just happen overnight. To prevent it, you have to be aware, you have to take action. The worst thing you can do is turn the other cheek.”

Do you have any advice to new authors who would like to start their own novel?

“Stay with it! I’m a big believer in hard work. Dreams are great, but nothing happens if you don’t take action!”

From what I read in the book’s description, there will be references to George Orwell’s 1984, how did that book impact you and how will it impact The Traitor’s Crux plot?

“Oooh, I love 1984! That book still gives me the chills. I think TTC and 1984 are somewhat
similar. They’re both gritty and dark, focusing on that idea of a “Big Brother” figure. TTC is a little more of a dictator-type figure, like Hitler or Stalin. It’s the idea of absolute control in a desperate, war-torn country, where people are looking for someone to blame. It asks a pretty scary question about what human beings are willing to do.”

Do you have any future plans? Are you thinking about writing something else?

“Oh definitely! I’ve actually had a YA fantasy in the works for some time now. It’s just been cast aside while I work on the TTC series. Maybe someday I’ll finish it and see where it goes!”

Would you like to add something else?

“I don’t think so! Thank you for this fun interview!”

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Remember you can acquire her book “The Traitor’s Crux” (published by OfTomes Publishing) this November 7 th !

Thanks again to Jessica Prather for letting me ask her these questions!

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INTERVIEW WITH PAOLO GAMBI | NAJA

Hello and welcome (back) to Nocturnal Book Club blog!

Today I would like to share with you an interview I did with Italian author Paolo Gambi. He has written over 20 books and sold over 100.000 copies! He writes about spirituality, psychology, personal development and religion.

 

Which authors do you look up to?

I dare say that our literary era is a time of „remix“. For the first time in history we find ourselves under a continuous storm of informations, that our brain cannot process consciously. When we think we have found the most original idea for a story or for a book, we have probably just bumped onto a story we have read or heard and kept into the deepest of our unconscious. So it is often difficult to say which author inspires us if we don’t explore our unconscious. But if you want an easier answer, I would certainly say Giovannino Guareschi. An Italian author who sold some 20 million copies, was candidated to the Nobel prize, and invented the extraordinary world of Don Camillo and Peppone.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I remember I wrote a spin off of a Joe Denver’s Lonely Wolf when I was 11. But the first book I published goes to 2001, in my journalistic period. Nothing literary, just a collection of artistic pictures commented. A sort of a „ante litteram“ Instagram. I just did the captions.

What genre are your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?

I don’t believe much in „genres“. I think each author should find his way to express, and that becomes his own genre. My problem is that my genre is a bit too eclectic for market logics. I have published about 20 non-fictional books. Most are about personal development, religion, psychology, spirituality. One, co-authored with a popular Italian singer, is about ’70 music. Another one is about Freemasonry. Another one is an historical book. In the last few years I have been conquered by fiction. Psychological thriller, and now also romance… What genre am I writing?

What draws you to this genre?

If you mean fiction, I think it is a better way to express the same contents I wrote in non-fiction. When I wrote non-fictional books I felt like an artisan. Now, writing fictional books, I dare say I feel more like an artist. Now, for example, I prefer to show love dinamics writing a romance rather than writing a self-help book. Or I prefer to show personal development dynamics through my psychological thriller than through another self-help book. But please if I write another self-help book forgive me.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I learned to write my first word on the sand when I was 5 years old.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I have started writing so early in my life that to answer this question I probably need a session of regressive hypnosis.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

From life. I think a writer must live, try, taste many different lives to find inspiration for his books. That is why it is so easy to go crazy.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Translating it into English. I have fun writing. I have pain translating. And as you probably noticed English is not my mother tongue, so pain is doubled.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

I wish! I have the opposite problem. While I am writing a book I usually find 100 ideas to write 100 more books, and I don’t know how to manage all these ideas…

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think 23. My favourite is the one I have not written yet.

Where is your favorite place to write?

On a island, under the shadow of some threes, watching the sea. Or in the Alps, dominated by the mountains.

What do you love most about the writing process?

The feeling I have when I chase an idea you feel in your mind. Let me say it is something like chasing the woman you fell in love with.

What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?

Some people who wrote to me: „you changed my life“. It is still so surprizing…

Where can we find you online?

On my website, www.paologambi.com on Instagram, paologambi, on Facebook. Even on tinder. Actually, if I owe you money you know how to reach me.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

A lot of things. But I’ll spare you.

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