Genre: YA Paranormal
Number of pages: 135
Word Count: Roughly 45,000
Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
“Actually, I lived abroad. I just moved back to the US. My dad sent me to live with my aunts when my…” My breath hitched. I couldn’t say the words aloud. The bus driver gave me a sympathetic look in the mirror. I realized he must have noticed me carrying the urn. I sank lower in my seat, staring out the window at the dreary landscape. Grey clouds covered the sun and bleached the color out of our surroundings. The only familiar thing at the moment was the fog rolling over the hills. It reminded me of San Francisco, where I'd lived the last few months. I had been so excited to move there. How could I have known it would end in such tragedy?
“Well, Misty Hills may not be the most exciting place to live, but there are plenty of stories about it.”
“What kind of stories?” I had tried googling it, but the search engine hadn't yielded much information. It was as if that one town in Colorado were cut off from all technology.
“All sorts of things. There are rumors that the original founders of the town were runaway witches from Salem. You know, from the Salem witch hunts back in the day?”
“Really?” I felt pretty skeptical. “So, they’re superstitious?”
“A little. I’ve heard all kinds of wild tales about the goings-on in Misty Hills. Too many crazy stories, but I guess the sources aren’t the most reputable. Try to take in as much as you can right now because we’re arriving around the time the sun sets.”
I hadn't believed my father was serious about sending me away until he instructed me to get on the bus. I begged to stay with him, but he was adamant. I got angry and threatened to run away as soon as I arrived at my aunts' house. He asked me to come to terms with what had happened. What about me? I thought. Don’t I get to have some time to get used to having lost my mother? Do I have to lose my father too?
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
It wasn’t until I had gotten my first review from my first reader that I realized that I had done it, I was a writer. Every time I get a new review, the idea is reinforced. And that’s why I love getting reviews!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took about a year, roughly three months to write it and the rest of the time working on edits and other things. I have to admit, I took my time and still feel it could have used more time but I reached a point where I was like, “If I don’t publish this now, I never will.” I could have easily taken another year or two over it.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The Enchanted Rose. It’s a paranormal mystery set in contemporary times with a dash of magic.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m working on the sequel to The Enchanted Rose and I have another book that’s a fantasy set in an alternate world. I’m excited for those two to come out in the next few months.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
It’s what I love to read. I enjoy escaping into different worlds full of magic and mystery.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I don’t like saying I have a favorite character but I must admit, I’m partial to Jaxon. He’s a big tough guy with a soft side. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot ;)
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing all my life, whether it’s in journals or on a blog but this is the first year that I attempt being a “real” writer.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes, I do! I don’t respond to all of them but I appreciate each and every one. The fact that someone took the time to read my book blows me away. It’s such a thrilling feeling.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I wrote the book first and then chose the title.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I actually had different names for the guys in my book. My editor convinced me to change them. In the beginning it was difficult to think of them as anything but the original names but I’ve gotten used to it now and feel they’ve really come into their own.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I decide as I go along. I allow the voice of the character to come out and feel it out to see what feels right.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I believe in The Enchanted Rose it is to have hope. Nothing is impossible. Keep trying and be hopeful.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Paperback & ebooks are my favorite
Your favorite singer/group is?
I actually don’t have a favorite singer/group. I love music but love so many different genres, my taste is constantly changing.
Your favorite color is?
Nadia Nader lives in Kuwait with her family.
You can contact Nadia on her blog http://www.nadianader.com