Today I’m pleased to welcome N.N. Light, author of Princess of the Light and the contemporary novella, Planting the Seeds of Love. She’s here to discuss a little bit about her writing process and her latest release. Make you sure read through to the end – there’s a giveaway you won’t want to miss! N.N., thank you for being here!
First things first. When did you know for sure that you were a writer? I know this sounds corny but the first time I read aloud one of my stories. It was in third grade, I think, and the assignment was to write a story about a princess and a dragon. I wrote a cool story where the princess helps the dragon find a treasure. Anyway, when I read it aloud in class, everyone loved it. The teacher gave me an A+ but it was my classmates’ praise that sealed the deal. I loved it and knew that I was born to be a writer.
Describe your writing process. How do you get to know your characters? Flesh out your ideas? Create your villains?Everyone wants to know about writing process. In my own personal experience, it’s different for each story. Something/someone will spark an idea and I hurry to write it down (writing tip: carry a pad and pen with you at all times). It can be something I witness, something someone says that I overhear, even a dream.
Once I have a general idea, I free-write to flesh out the characters, conflict and plot. Sometimes it comes to me right away and other times, it takes a while. One thing I’ve learned is to never rush the process. Muses and characters get annoyed and even clam up to punish you, as a result.
Creating villains is what I call fun. I know, I’m strange, but hear me out. I love creating bad guys/gals because I get to unleash my dark side. I get to think evil thoughts and do evil deeds without repercussions. Every bad thing/deed I’ve ever had done to me gets to come out in my villains.
Once I have a cast of characters and a brief outline of the plot, I start writing. The more I write, the more I get to know my characters and what makes them tick.
What do you enjoy most about writing? I love telling stories. Back before I could write, I would create stories in my head. Playtime for me when I was little consisted of telling stories either to my friends/family or living them out by myself. My imagination had no boundaries and I could do/be anything.
Writing as an adult, although filled with obstacles and boundaries, does the same thing. I can immerse myself in a time period or a character’s head and become someone else, at least for a while. Writing gives me a freedom I can’t experience anyplace else. I love it!
Tell us a bit about your most recent project. My latest release is Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella and it’s a contemporary romance short story. Sally, Jack and Trevor appeared to me during a flash fiction free-writing session last year. I loved Sally and I wanted to share her story.
What’s next on the agenda? I’m currently writing the sequel to my debut novel (Princess of the Light series). It’s a paranormal romance with spiritual undertones about a woman named Mary who’s called to defeat the Darkness and demons while helping those in need(spreading the Light). Book two is a showdown between Mary and Than (second in command demon, Lucifer’s right hand man) and the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s also Christmastime in Golden Lake so I get to talk about how much I (and my characters) celebrate Christmas.
What are your interests outside of writing? I have a lot of interests besides writing and they include baking, walking, bird watching, movies, television watching, baseball, NFL football, spending time with my husband and reading.
What is your favorite word, and why? Light. Everyone, no matter what their spiritual belief, is filled with the Light. Spreading Light allows human beings to connect with each other and in my opinion, Light makes each of us beautiful.
What question do you wish someone would ask about your book(s), but nobody has? Let us know, and then answer it.
Are your books based on real life? If so, which parts?
In each of my books, I put a part of myself and my experiences into the story. My debut novel, Princess of the Light, is the real-life love story of myself and my husband. It also tells the story of one woman who makes a difference in the life of a homeless man, also a real-life experience.
I’m a firm believer that writers write what they know. Sure, it might appear in a different time period of dimension but like with any artwork, a story is only as good as the storyteller who shares it. I find that by infusing a piece of myself brings a certain authenticity to the story and readers respond to that.
Quick Ten List
- What’s your favorite color? Purple.
- Favorite song? Are you kidding? I’m a huge music fan and cannot pick one. Nope, won’t do it. Well… if I had to listen to one song over and over again for the rest of my life, it would be “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd.
- Favorite food/drink? I’m addicted to chocolate and I have to have it every single day. It’s one of the reasons why I walk 20 miles a week. *winks* Favorite drink is pop/soda. Coke Zero is my favorite but anything diet works for me.
- Favorite movie? Love Actually. It’s the most romantic movie ever and I watch it with my husband at least three times a year.
- Favorite TV show? Of all time? Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Favorite book? You know, as a writer and a huge book lover, I hate this question. It’s like asking me to choose which is better: pizza or burgers. How about genre instead? My favorite genre of books is romantic suspense (best of both worlds).
- Favorite place? Sitting out on my solarium with my husband watching the trains go by. We’re usually out there every weekend and it’s our sanctuary.
- Favorite way to spend a free hour? Hanging out on Twitter, chatting with friends and meeting new people.
- Favorite animal? Penguin. I love everything about them from the way they walk to how they mate for life.
- Favorite quote about writing? “As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.
Twenty-two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.
Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.
Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.
When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack’s embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.
Excerpt from Planting the Seeds of Love
Jack looked where she pointed.
“Sally…” he began.
“Are you planning on selling it when the farm’s made a profit?”
He turned her body around, his gaze penetrating hers.
“I don’t know,” she whispered. “I know Grandpa wanted me to keep it in the family.” She furrowed her brow. “I’m not a country girl; my heart belongs to the city.”
“Hey, it’s okay.” He moved a step closer. “Farming is hard work and you have to love it to make it successful.” He put a hand on her shoulder. “Don’t beat yourself up for following your heart.”
“Jack, I’m not sure what my heart wants. Part of me loves being here, carrying on the family name.”
“But…” Jack raised an eyebrow warily.
“But I have a life in the city. I’ve almost finished my degree –“
“You have Trevor,” Jack interrupted her. He shook his head.
“What’s wrong with that? Yes, I have a life and a boyfriend in the city. I’ve told you a thousand times my dream is to open my own sidewalk cafe.” She folded her arms over her chest. “Don’t you want me to be happy, Jack?” Her voice sounded hurt, even to her own ears.
He closed his eyes and rubbed his forehead.
“This isn’t going how I wanted it to.” He glanced up at her. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to imply anything. It’s just –“
“What?” Sally cocked her head to one side.
The telephone rang inside.
“Shit, I have to go answer it. I’ll be right back.” She ran into the house.
“Hi beautiful.” Trevor.
Planting the Seeds of Love can be purchased on Amazon, where it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback through Createspace. You can also review it on Goodreads. You can get in touch with N.N. through her website, blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and through her Amazon Author Page and Independent Author Network profile.
N.N. Light has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.
She was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. Her mantra is to spread the Light.
Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. She is a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.
In addition to being an author, she’s also a book promoter/reviewer and social media marketer. She loves books, has ever since she was young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives her great pleasure.
From N.N.: Enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella by sending me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] with your name and email address. Be sure to tell me you saw my author interview on Courtney’s blog.
Open to US and Canada Residents.
I’ll draw a name on April 1st.