Author Interview: Brittany Nicole Lewis


Hello Blog Readers! I’m Baaaaaaaacccckkkkk! Although I’ve been in hibernation (well, not really hibernation, but it’s a long story) for the past few months, I was lucky enough to have “met” Brittany Nicole Lewis on Facebook a couple of months back, and even luckier when she agreed to do an interview!

Brittany is the author of Finding Freedom and her YA Zion series, and she regularly donates copies of her books to ministries. Today, she talks about some of her favourite YA books, her writing habits, favourite writing snacks (hello, fellow coffee lover!), and her novels!

Check out her interview below!

1. Hi Brittany! Thanks for talking with us today :)! First of all, could you please tell us a little bit about your latest book?

Brittany: My latest novel is the third book in The Zion Series. The other two books, Finding Freedom (book one) and Heir of Zion (book two) were released in 2017.
2. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

B: I had some spiritual things I needed to work out and I have always loved to write. One of my favorite books is The Giver, and my books are somewhat similar to that one.
3. Do you have a favourite character in your book? If so who and why?

B: No, I love all of them 😊
4. Is there something that you’d like your readers to take away from your book?

B: That community is important. Relationships are important. Reach out when you’re hurting, even though you don’t want too.
5. What’s your favourite genre?

B: Young Adult
6. What’s next for you?

B: I started a children’s series and the main character has autism. That’s a 12 book series, I also started a stand-alone novel (YA) and will be producing at least two more Audiobooks in 2018.
7. Favourite writing snack?

B: I don’t eat, but I drink a lot of coffee.
8. Do you write with music on, or like a quiet writing space?

B: I like quiet, but I write with noisy children in the background.
9. What’s some of your favourite books (and why)?

B: Harry Potter, The Giver, To Kill A Mockingbird, Holes.
10. (Since this blog focuses on YA) What’s your favourite children’s or young adult book (you can pick more than one!) and why?

B: My favorite books are the Harry Potter books and The Giver, because I know what it’s like to be an outcast and know you are meant for something greater.

Thanks so much for the interview, Brittany!

 

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Author Interview: Anita Daher


Happy Labour Day, Everyone!!!! We are having some beautiful weather where we are! Hope it’s beautiful where everyone else is as well:) (if not, I recommend the movie, Labour Day, with Kate Winslet. It’s on Canadian Netflix, and it’s a nice, thoughtful flick for the end of summer).

As a special Labour Day treat, I have an interview with the very talented Winnipeg author, Anita Daher! I had a wonderful time taking a creative writing workshop with Anita about a year and a half ago, and her terrific instruction and guidance helped me to develop my latest novel-in-progress, “Moorhouse.” Besides being an excellent writing instructor, writer, and editor (and now an actress!), Anita is such a lovely, uplifting, and fun presence. If you ever get the chance to take one of her workshops, I seriously recommend it! Meanwhile, if you feel like checking out some of her work, her latest book for young people, Wonder Horse, is out now.

In our interview, Anita talks about favourite books, how she came to be a children’s author, and how her newest career has helped her as a writer. Enjoy! 🙂

Emily’s interview with Anita:

1. You’re mainly a writer of children’s and teen’s books. How did you first become interested in that age demographic?

            I’ve always believed that each of us has an emotional age that we most naturally go to when we enter that creative space necessary to write. For me, as I explore a story it is most often through the eyes of someone aged 12 to 17.  It just feels right.

 

2. What are some of your favourite young people’s books (children’s and/or teens’?)

            I have my favourites from when I was a young reader—The Chrysalids, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Xanth novels (all of them!) by Piers Anthony.  More recently…oh gosh, there are so many…the Truth Commission by Susan Juby, Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries, Shadow Town by Duncan Thornton and Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael.

 

3. Is there any one book or books that have inspired your writing in any way?

            I have been inspired by particular authors for varying reasons, more than particular books: Tim Wynne Jones, Stephen King and James Joyce spring immediately to mind.

 

4. What is your favourite writing snack?

            Jellybeans…or spinach with melted cheese (for those thinking moments when I can sit back and use a utensil)

 

5. You’re an actress now! Do you feel that being a writer helps you in your latest profession (or vice versa)?

            Indeed! Acting deepens my exploration of emotional truth, which encourages me to “go deeper” in my writing, and writing helps with understanding subtext as I read a script.  Though acting and writing I am able to live my life more fully as a creative person. 

 

6. You’ve also spent time as an editor. Has editing changed the way you write?

            I think it has. When I am writing a first draft, I try not to edit myself, but I think my subconscious is more present in terms of pacing, avoiding cliché and potential plot holes. During rewrites the ‘tuning up” may happen a little more quickly and easily.

 

7. Finally (because I’m on a bit of a classics kick), what’s your favourite classic novel (or favourites…)?

            Oh, gosh…how to choose? One of the most influential novels during my adolescent years was The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. I think I was eleven or twelve when I read it, and it was, I believe, my first post apocalyptic story. It showed me that it was not only okay to be different, but desirable.  

I also loved the Narnia series, Little Women, The Black Stallion, A Clockwork Orange, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Thanks so much for the interview, Anita!

Visit Anita at http://www.anitadaher.com