Saturday, August 3, 2013

Author Interview – Nastasia Peters

at 1:30 AM

    How much sleep do you need to be your best? In Regius, Solenum (one of the main characters), runs into an issue where she’s forced to stay awake for a long period of time – at some point it’s explained to her what sleep deprivation can do to someone in a number of steps. I didn’t have to research that, I’ve experienced a lot of sleep deprivation side effects.

    Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? I think it’s very hard to pin point that. One the one hand, you want to share the book with as many readers as possible and get a positive reaction from them and sort of soak that up. It can’t be helped, getting a good review or praise is seriously an amazing feeling. Like chocolate, you’re always left wanting more. But then on the other hand, sometimes people’s opinions can get a bit overwhelming and it can affect your entire writing process. So, lots of fame, but also a lot of feedback and a demographic to keep in mind, or, continuously sidesteps their opinions and only do what you want? Success is an incredibly hard concept and I don’t think I can really envision what it would look like to me.

    What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Well, besides hoping people will enjoy the plot line, characters and fantasy world I created, I think the main ‘moral lesson’ in the books that you can find is that it’s okay to be different, because essentially we are all unique and nobody is a duplicate of another. Those who say you should fit the mold are wrong because there is no mold to fit yourself into.

    What movie do you love to watch? V for Vendetta. It’s brilliant on so many levels.

    How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? Like everything I think there’s a bad and good side to it. I remember that I used to get phone calls on my birthday rather than wall messages and I do think phone calls are more personal (doesn’t mean I mind the wall birthday messages and expect phone calls from here on forward). From a marketing perspective it’s really great. They make so many things available for you to reach an audience that is in the demographic you are aiming for and they are great tools for promotion and keeping people in the loop. I just think that sometimes people are far too TMI.

    What’s your next project? After Zinc, possibly a webcomic (unrelated to Zinc), maybe some side stories that can accompany Zinc. Maybe I’ll drop both ideas and do something entirely new. I really have no clue, I’m always working on something, but I’m never completely sure if it’ll reach that stage where I’ll say, “Yes, I want to devote the next couple of years on this project and complete it”. It’s a tough question.

    What would you love to produce in your life? An RPG videogame. I played War of the North – Lord of the Rings the other day with my younger brothers. It is SO much fun going on a killing spree and destroying a wave of orcs.

    How do you feel about self-publishing? Mixed feelings. On the one hand, I get to make all the decisions myself. On the other hand, I get to make all the decision myself…

    I think it was the right choice for me, I don’t think it’s the right one for everybody. It takes a lot of time and studying and while I haven’t shed any tears yet, I have come to the brink of crying several times because sometimes things are just so confusing or hard and you wish they weren’t. To name a few; formatting, review hunting, promoting, price choosing…

    Before it looks like I’m saying self-publishing is horrible, which it isn’t, it’s just not as simple as it’s sometimes made out to be – You literally control everything yourself, which while complex on occasion, once you have completed the formatting, promoting and etc or other, you feel so proud because you published your book the exact way you decided it should be published – and when people react positively towards that, it’s even more awesome.

    How many friends does a person need? I suppose that depends on the person. Some people love being around a large number of people all the time or like to have the option to call someone up and when that person isn’t available, have 10 more people in line to call up – whilst others are more the kind to have one or two friends and be happy with that. I think either is fine so long it works for the person. I’m more in the second mind set. I have a small number of close friends and am not too fond of large crowds. Both outside and inside my contact list.


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    Genre – Fantasy / Young Adult

    Rating – PG

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