Oh you want to know about me? Alright then.
- I wrote the Out of Time Series. I think it’s kind of cool. 😉
- I’m an adventurer.
- I’m a Harry Potter super-nerd who has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family-size) by herself.
- I watch Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. (Wait…you don’t?)
- Oh yeah, I’M AN AUTHOR! (Der…) I write about other worlds soaked in imagination.
- I love the word bumbershoot.
- I learned to write using a fountain pen. They are the magic behind avoiding hand cramps. For reals.
- I hate peanut butter, but I like brussel sprouts. (Sorry if you just gasped and gagged at the same time.)
- I’ve driven a dogsled, eaten a raw potato, walked a tightwire, and waded through a cattail marsh all for the sake of book research.
- I’ve been journaling since I was 7-years-old.
A Few of Nadine’s Favorite Things
These are the things I get geeky (okay, I’ll say it…fangirl) about. We all get geeky about something. Chances are, you’re just as much of a geek as I am! So, for fun, here are a few of my favorite things!
I find a lot of inspiration from movies. Mainly character inspiration.
Here are my top five favorite movies of all time, (you know, the ones that will never reach that “I’ve-watched-this-too-many-times” state) followed by my other favs:
- Fiddler on the Roof
- The Greatest Game Ever Played
- Castle in the Sky
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- LOTR: Return of the King (extended)
- Far and Away
Drama – The Last Samauri (I don’t care how accurate or inaccurate it is! I love it!), The King’s Speech (I studied speech therapy for 7 years, remember?), Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea, A Little Princess, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2014)
Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Avatar (I’m counting down the months until Avatar 2, 3, & 4 release), Divergent, Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended editions, der…), Inception, Edge of Tomorrow, Catching Fire, Pacific Rim
Romance – Um…I really don’t watch much romance. “What? But you’re a girl!” Yeah…I’m also an author, which makes me abnormal. But I’m not immune. Favs are Pride & Prejudice (the 5-hour BBC version), While You Were Sleeping, Titanic (preferably the family-friendly “TV version” LOL), You’ve Got Mail, Miss Potter
Animation – Anastasia, Howl’s Moving Castle (Miyazaki’s amazing), How to Train Your Dragon, Whisper of the Heart (Miyazaki…*drool*), Tangled, Spirited Away (MIYAZAKI!), Prince of Egypt, Pretty much anything Pixar (except Cars. I got bored… *hides* Also…The Good Dinosaur was weird.), Beauty and the Beast, Spirit
Horror – Me no likey.
Movies that Should Have Been Good, but Weren’t – This had to be included. These are the movies that had awesome trailers, but flopped (in my opinion. Don’t judge.) Epic, In Time (there’s so much they could have done with this concept! 😉 😉 ), Tomorrowland (I’m sorry if I’ve just offended someone.), Upside Down
I don’t watch many TV shows, but when I do, here are my top five:
Merlin (BBC) – This show was on its way to beating out Harry Potter. At least for a day. I’m weird like that. But then…it ended. Incorrectly. That’s all I’ll say. (There were many tears and I have a severe hatred for a certain director.)
Downton Abbey (BBC) – Didn’t think I’d like this one, especially because I found the first episode kind of…weird. But then hubby and I got all “Old-English” and couldn’t stop.
The Quest (ABC) – ABC, you cruel temptress! Please please bring it back, ABC! One season wasn’t enough. #continuethequest
Sherlock (BBC) – Brilliance
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – Mainly season 1. Rumplestiltskin is the most brilliantly multi-demensional character in existence. Me love. (Much of this is due to Robert Carlyle’s incredible, mind-blowing acting.)
Seriously? You want me to share my favorite books? Do you have any idea how hard this is? Fine…I’ll give you a taste. But you can get a better idea if you peruse my Goodreads page.
ALL TIME FAVS:
- Harry Potter Series (Goblet of Fire is my favorite) by J. K Rowling
- Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers
- Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson
- Love Does by Bob Goff
Sci-Fi – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Monument 14 Series by Emmy Laybourne, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Writing/Editing/Marketing – Plot vs. Character by Jeff Gerke, Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb, The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke, Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Um…this one’s impossible because it changes monthly. 😛 But here are a few favs since you’re just so curious:
Soundtracks – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Divergent, Pacific Rim, How to Train Your Dragon (John Powel is awesome), Stuff by Alexandre Desplat
Instrumental – Ludovico Einaudi, Explosions in the Sky, The Piano Guys (did you know I knew these guys before they were famous? They don’t remember me…but still…)
Christian – Gungor, Phil Wickham, David Crowder, The Liturgists,
Other – Snow Patrol, Ellie Goulding, One Republic, Imagine Dragons, some Coldplay, Amber Run, American Authors, Also…Nadine loves Indie music.
Do you really want to know?
Food – Morel mushrooms (come to Idaho, I shall teach you how to hunt them.), Oreos, Cheez-its, chicken, peaches, sticky toffee pudding, curry, borscht,
Drinks – Yorkshire tea, CHAI!, lemonade, tea, tea, tea, sweet tea, tea, tea (For those of you freaking out over the fact coffee’s not on here…well…I love to make coffee — I was a barista in England for a few months — but I just don’t drink much of it.)
Sports: To watch: Baseball (ra ra Royals!!), Boarder Cross, Gymnastics. To do: Softball, snowboard, rock climb, ultimate frisbee, slacklining, gymnastics
Hobbies: Playing board games! I love Catan, Stone Age, 7 Wonders, most card games, Ticket to Ride, etc. I also enjoy playing music. I play piano and drums. (Shocked?) 😉 Um…reading, duh.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you an introvert?
Weirdly, I get this question a lot and I can only assume that’s because people think I should be an introvert, but I come off as being an extrovert. Well….according to the Meyres-Briggs thingamajig, I’m right smack dab in the middle. I think that’s called being “ambivert”? I retake the test every couple years and it stays the same. When I was in college I was crazy introverted. Ah! People! Flee! But then…I changed. Can’t explain it.
I recharge by taking time to myself, which I guess is the “technical” definition of being introverted (according to someone somewhere.) But I get all people-crazy whenever I go to writers conferences. I want to be with people ALL THE TIME.
Do you have kids?
It’s amazing (and yet, not) how often I get this question. No, hubby and I don’t have children yet, otherwise my Facebook feed would be flooded with photos of babies and books. Just wait…
What tips do you have for writers?
Well, I just happened to write a blog post all about this. [grin] And if you have a specific question about something writing related, you know there’s a pretty little Contact button up at the top of this page. 😉
What would you do if you weren’t a writer?
You’re cruel. This question is just cruel. BUT, I shall not be defeated by nine simple words! I actually have an answer. I would be an atmospherist. So what if it’s not a word? That’s what I’d be! In my mind, an atmospherist is someone who creates an atmosphere for a place. NO, this is not interior designing. I’m thinking of the person who goes and adds all the tiny details to the entire Harry Potter theme park. That’s what I mean. I’m just waiting for them to make a LOTR theme park so I can apply for the job.
How did you come up with the idea for the Out of Time Series?
Funnily enough, I have a blog post on that, too!
Don’t see your question on here? ASK ME and I’ll add it! 🙂
My Long Boring Bio
I am an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. I never received my Hogwarts letter, but rest assured I’m no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family-size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. I write about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. My dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged me to pursue shalom, which is now my favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When I’m not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, me and my knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
How Nadine started writing:
I learned to write my alphabet with a fountain pen. In Kindergarten. Maybe that’s what started my love for writing. It’s not every day a five-year-old learns the correct rules on dealing with ink splotches, how to hold her pen, or how to replace cartridges before she even understands 1+1=2.
I started journaling at age nine and thus began my habit of communicating via pen and paper more than spoken words. I never decided to become a writer. My brain simply classified it as a necessity to life, like bathing, eating, and sleeping.
Not many people took my writing seriously, so I kept it to myself a very long time. I didn’t share my books with anyone who didn’t seem supportive or bound to love them. Through my Junior year of college, God urged me to pursue a vision behind my writing. The moment I started the pursuit, He provided the vision. My writing has never been the same since and the stories behind how I got where I am are nothing short of miraculous. Yet, even with vision, it took me a long time to grow bold enough to share it with others.
In 2010, I moved to Missouri for graduate school. One autumn evening, a young man approached me at a small game night get-together and said, “I saw you have a blog. I’ve been reading it and..you’re an awesome writer!”
I married him.
Since then, he’s encouraged me practically every day to, “Go write, Honey.” He promoted my writing with unveiled enthusiasm, so I prayed on a little more backbone and forced out author confidence. Surprisingly enough (or is it?), people ended up being a lot more supportive and encouraging than I’d previously imagined them to be. My writing became public and God blessed it.
We now live in the midwest. My dystopian trilogy released with Enclave Publishing, the leading publisher of speculative fiction. (If speculative fiction sounds like a different language to you, read my blog post for a definition.)
Editing and Writing Qualifications:
- Do I have a degree? Yes, a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
- Does that degree do anything for editing? Um….no. 😉
- So why am I qualified? Experience, baby. Pure experience and mentor-training from Master Jeff Gerke. And hubby says so. 😉
- I’ve attended 10+ writing conferences (Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013), Idahope Conference (2014), ACFW Conference (2014, 2015, 2016), Realm Makers (2015, 2016), OYAN (2016)
- I am an apprentice editor to Jeff Gerke (Master Yoda incarnate. 😛 )
- I’ve been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for five years, during which I placed first in the ACFW Ohio Hook Me Contest. I was greatly involved in the ACFW Critique Loop which helped me start on my professional editing journey. I also kinda sorta won this thing called The Carol Award.
- I’m a member of several online groups in the writing and editing world including The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, The Bestseller’s Society, and Platform University
- Biola University (B.S. Degree) – 2005 – 2009
- Calvary Chapel Bible College York, England – 2009
- University of Central Missouri (M. S. Degree) – 2010 – 2012
Timelines and Clients
- I’ve been editing on my own since 2013 and my business has only grown with happy clients.
- I’ve been Jeff Gerke’s apprentice since 2014
- I’ve edited multiple manuscripts for 120+ clients ranging from content edits to copyedits. Not one has complained yet. *crosses fingers* 😉 Several of these clients have gone on to be indie published or contracted with publishing houses.
My goal in freelance editing is to help writers move forward with their manuscripts, encourage increasing imagination, and offer the talents with which God endows me for this life.