Q. Hi Nadine. Can we kick off the interview by discussing your current work in progress?
A: Hi Laurence. Sure. I’ve been working on a trilogy of South African Vampire Fiction for about two years now.
Q: What’s the title of your work?
A: I’ve called it My Addiction for the past two years but I’m sure I’ll change the name to some degree once we’ve completed the editing process and all. Give it more of an African feel.
Q: Where did the idea come from?
A: I’m not really 100% sure. It’s as if I woke up one morning and just had all these things I wanted to do. I guess it’s because I hit the big 30. J I achieved a lot in that year.
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: I don’t like labelling them as a specific genre. I feel they fall well into Fantasy, Adventure and Romance. Of course, there’s Paranormal as we’re dealing with mythical creatures. I’d even say there’s some Thriller in there too.
Q: How have modern day movies and published authors in the same genre influenced you?
A: Well…I think since Twilight hit the market things have changed dramatically for any author in that specific genre. It flooded the market to such an extent that publishers and agents alike are very reluctant to accept anything related to vampires currently.
It’s also changed life for everyone around us. These days you hear more and more about people who characterise themselves as vampires and wolves. It’s not just mythical folklore anymore. It’s around us, part of us.
Q: How does that influence what you’re doing?
A: It doesn’t influence my writing that much. When I write I set the part of myself aside that takes me into another world. I think as writers we are all given the gift of creating something from nothing. If we love what we write it’s a bargain; if the world around us likes it—it’s an honour.
Q: Can you tell us briefly what your trilogy is about?
A: To sum it up, it’s about a South African female vampire–Snare–who was created with a specificpurpose in mind. Unfortunately for her creators, they didn’t take into account her state of mind or her ultimate goal.
It’s fast paced a bit psychotic and all about love.
Q: What sets your trilogy apart from others?
A. Well, my aim is to create a new breed of vampires and mythical creatures alike. The majority of it goes down in a somewhat post-apocalyptic Africa – which is already something different from what everyone knows.
I feel Africa is a bit of untouched ground when it comes to mythical creatures so that would give it an edge. I hope.
Q. If you never got published what would you take away from this whole experience
A: I’d definitely take away a lot.
I’ve met so many people, listened to so many stories, read so many tales that I do feel it’s helped me grow a lot as a person. If I never get published my only hope would be that my stories will at least be kept in the family. That they’ll be taken from generation to generation and that, in a way, I’ll always remain in a small space of someone’s memory.
Q: Any tips and treats for other writers?
1. Don’t be too overeager. Investigate what you want to achieve. Don’t ever think that writing is about just writing and then distributing. It’s not – it’s an art.
2. Get yourself a good editor. Not just someone to proofread your work, but someone you can confide in. Someone that believes in you, your story and your characters.
3. Don’t write with the aim of getting published. Write because you are in love with writing.
Anything after that is a bonus.
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