If you’re subscribed to my newsletter then you know I’m currently overseas in beautiful Russia right now. So while I’m gone, I thought we’d sit down over coffee (or, in my case, chai) and have a little Q & A.
Q: Wait…you’re in Russia right now? What’s that all about?
A: You can follow along on the journey via my Instagram page–that should explain it all. 🙂 But I’ll be doing a big wrap-up blog post when I return later this month! In short, we are visiting friends and having good fellowship, hubby is taking part in baseball events there, and I am doing book research.
Q: How old were you when you first published your novel?
Q: Any updates on your next book?
A: Actually, I’m glad you asked. I do have updates and I’ll be sharing some big news in my next newsletter. So if you’re not signed up for it, then make sure you are or you might miss the big announcement and juicy goodies! 😉 (You can sign up here–> https://nadinebrandes.com/my-newsletter)
Q: How many countries have you been to?
A: Erm….a lot. At least 16.
- Great Britain (England, Scotland, Bermuda)
- The Netherlands
- Miscellaneous (aka, I don’t know where to put these) — British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Bahamas.
Q: Are there any genres you don’t think you could write but would be interested in doing?
A: I don’t think I could write contemporary YA, but I’d love to try it someday. I just think I’d be terrible. 😛 Oh also hard sci-fi. I just don’t have the brain for it.
Q: When those first ideas of a story blossom and you start to work on it, what comes first? Character/s, world or plot?
A: Ooh, it differs a bit, but usually it’s the world or the “big question” (like “How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?) When I write it, I tackle plot first, then characters, then fill in descriptions. I actually wrote a blog post on the different types of writers out there, and that’s how I figured out what I was.
A: I use the Snowflake Method! I do it one layer at a time and do it as though I’m developing the story for myself–not writing a synopsis for someone else.
Q: Do you snack while you write? Top three favorite snacks?
A: Yes! TEA (#1 and always #1), then homemade popcorn (fav!) And I can eat a giant bowl of it without feeling guilty or getting gross fingers. 😛 then probably grape tomatoes. I know. I’m a weird snacker. I don’t allow myself to snack on Oreos unless it’s a VERY special day. Those are “reward foods” 😛
Q: What’s your favorite kind of tea?
A: Yorkshire tea! It’s British and I buy it online and drink it with milk and sugar. 🙂 This is the only way to drink it. Come to my house and I will make you a proper brew. 😉
Q: What’s your favorite thing about writing?
A: Oh goodness, I fall more and more in love with all of it! I love long days of giant word counts, I love the creative process of brainstorming a new story, I love trying to outline and realizing I never stick to my outline, I love how I can be discouraged one moment and then on top of the world by evening after a scene works, I love editing and tweaking all the little things until I feel the story shine….I could go on. There’s very little I dislike about writing. 😀
Q: What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
A: Ahh! This question is so hard! I think Russia will always be the answer because God imprinted it on my heart. But closely following Russia would be France–the countryside, not the city. 😊
Q: What genre do you see yourself NEVER writing?
A: Horror. I can’t go that dark.
Q: Favorite Lunar Chronicles book? And also girl?
A: ALL OF THEM! No, actually I will always love Cinder. But I think Cress is my favorite main character.
What would you like to know about me? Ask in the comments and I’ll try to answer them!
Questions for you:
- How many countries have you visited?
- Favorite snack food?
- Current music/band/soundtrack obsession?