Monday, March 04, 2013

Interview with Nadia Scrieva

What inspired you to become an author?

I have always been writing, and I find that out of everything I have ever done, I derive the greatest satisfaction from reaching people through my writing. I used to be a model, and when I would receive compliments on my face and body, I would just shrug and say, “So what? I was lucky to be born with nice genetics.” I didn’t feel like I had accomplished anything worthwhile by standing there and looking pretty.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to believe that I am versatile, but I greatly prefer a third-person omniscient narrator to a first-person present-tense narrative. (“Let’s go!” she said, vs. “Let’s go!” I say.) I just feel more comfortable with the former style, unless I am trying to prove a point or really delve into someone’s perspective by way of first-person narrative. 

I also like to insert subtle humor and irony into the darkest moments of my stories.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes. I generally combine fantasy and science fiction with a touch of romance.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I have difficulty confining myself to one, and prefer to mingle in several.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I made a few options and posted on my fan page, asking my readers what they preferred. They chose, with an overwhelming majority—so I don’t have any worries about them not liking it! 

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

It depends. Sometimes the story begs to be written first, and sometimes the title or the cover will demand a story to go along with them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I usually have very close-knit friendships in my stories, where people love each other dearly and help each other through thick and thin. I guess I hope that my readers will enjoy the loyalty and honor of my characters, even if it’s not a realistic way to behave in the real world.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I really love Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth novels, and Jack Whyte’s A Dream of Eagles series. The novel that has most influenced my life, however, is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I believe that one can never travel enough or do enough research! Unfortunately, I looked up the cost of a trip to Antarctica, and $15,000 is a bit out of my price range at the moment. And while my character, being a fire goddess, can survive in the boiling temperatures of Venus, I certainly could not, and did not bother looking into the airfare. 

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Thirty Minutes to Heartbreak, Book 1
Nadia Scrieva
Genre: Fantasy/Romance      

ISBN: 1477618392

Number of pages: 375
Word Count: 98, 000

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Book Description:

A goddess hell-bent on revenge...

Pax Burnson is the descendant of devas. She has vowed to live her life without practicing her powers, but recent events have overturned her entire existence. Thorn Kalgren has been the love of her life since she was fourteen -- he helped her to heal after the loss of her parents. As a close family friend, he is one of a select few who understand and share her unique heritage. His recent betrayal has released a violence within her that she cannot restrain.

While her first instinct is to escape and forget, her aimless road trip is interrupted by a childhood friend in need. An idea strikes Pax as she sees her own pain reflected in Thorn's sister, Amara Kalgren. She is suddenly filled with a new, all-consuming purpose: vengeance. She believes there is nothing else left.

Using ancient magick and enlisting Amara's help, Pax orchestrates a complex, drawn-out plan to deceive and emotionally destroy her former lover. The friendship and loyalty between the two girls becomes fortified and unshakable as they venture down a dark and twisted path together, encountering formidable roadblocks and demons.

It soon becomes clear to Pax that everything she has been led to believe about her powers and her past was shaped by blatant lies. When she discovers that Thorn's infidelity is closely linked with her mother's death, she is forced to make a life-altering decision...

About the Author:

Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.