- Guest Author
Today I introduce a young emerging writer from Maine, USA who is writing a series about firemen - Blaize Nolynne. Welcome, Blaize. Great name for a firefighting series, eh? Tell us how it all happens ...
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
I am a 24 year old Maine author of a book called 'Firefighter Down, District One' the beginning of a firefighter series. (the sequel will be out in 3 months.)
I always loved writing. Right out of High School I majored in becoming a children’s author at the Institute of Children’s Literature. I graduated with high honors and wonderful knowledge of writing in June 2009, and then I decided to further my studies and write for the adult age group. In December 2009 I had a picture book out under a different pen name.
I began self publishing my first adult aged book called ‘District One Stand By: The Captain’s Case’ which was the beginning of a firefighter series. It had sold over 250 copies, but I wanted my readers to be able to have more access to these books so I found a publishing company. In April of 2012 the title and cover picture had changed to ‘Firefighter Down, District One’ a story about a girl whose childhood house caught on fire due to an arson.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
I have always enjoyed writing through my childhood and in school. It was my way of expressing myself. Right out of High School I decided to major in Children’s Literature and thought I would strictly be a children’s author.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I love bringing my stories to life in places I may not have ever visited. I also love being able to form these characters.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I don’t think for my aspect it would be actually anything to do with writing itself, but the marketing. I hadn’t learned that aspect in college and I am still learning quite a bit about that.
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I was just a student before I became a writer. I thought I would have been either a business owner of some sort or a lawyer. I can do all those now with my characters.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
At the moment I don’t have any awards, but my greatest achievement was seeing my book printed and then from there seeing it picked up by a publishing house.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I am writing the third book in the series ( the sequel ‘District One Stand By: On the Bleeding Edge of Change’ will be out in a few months.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I get inspired by everything. I will see a photograph or here a phrase and I get inspired.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I love to write mystery and thrillers, however for the children books I love to write fantasy.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Never give up! No matter how many rejections you get, if you polish your story someone will get it out there in the right hands!
DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
No, I am always working on more then one story at a time.
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WRITING SCHEDULE?
I don’t force myself to write. I write when I feel that I have something to add. I tried a schedule and it didn’t work for me at the moment.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
My office surrounded by my personal trinkets, pictures of loved ones, and my pets.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
I would have to say telling stories that make me smile and that I want to read over and over. I write for my own amusement and then I submit it for the readers to read. I also get to tell stories that are stuck in my head that no one has ever read before.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
Ray Bradbury, I love his books! He was definitely a pioneer of Science Fiction. I look up to him because he stated that Fahrenheit 451 got rejected so many times or the editors wanted to change it. I look up to that because now it is a classic.
WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
The greatest compliment was from a firefighter in New York. He took the book on a Las Vegas vacation with him. He read sixteen chapters in one day! He said he couldn’t put it down! I was shocked because this comes close to what I have done in the book reading it over and over.
WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
When someone tells me they have read the book and they can’t tell me anything about it. If you want to talk to me and be a fan, that is awesome! Just don’t lie about reading my books if you haven’t.
WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
Yes, my father was a volunteer firefighter for fifteen years. I know a lot about the firefighting life and I am incredibly grateful to have had that experience. That time period really made me form this series.
OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
I love to cook, paint, being outside, love my pets.
DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
The publishing company did that. When I was self-published I had a librarian friend do this for me. Her major was in English and I was on a shoe string budget.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
My perfect day is when I get up in the morning and see all my animals waiting for breakfast and after we all eat I get to start working on my story. I also would have more time in a day and I could spend more time with love ones also.
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE? WHY?
One person? I would make sure to bring my better half! He has been my rock in my life and the glue that holds me together!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
I am not exactly sure. I might address the fact that we need to do something to bring the economy back up so people are not struggling so badly. It breaks my heart watching people counting change just to get gas to go back and forth to work.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I plan on continuing writing. After I finish the third book in the series I am going to take a small break and write a non-fiction book about a girl who committed suicide after being bullied. I would like to get her story out there and maybe people will understand bullying is a problem.
WHAT FIVE BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HEAVEN?
The five books I would take to Heaven? This is hard because I love so many and I promise none of them would be mine ( those I would send for after I get there to place in my library). I would have to say these ones:
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad Poor Dad
Danielle Steel - The Gift
Lois Lowry- The Giver
Jen Wylie- Broken Aro ( I haven’t read this one yet, but I have heard a lot about it and it interests me)
ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
Thank you so much for having me for this interview, Clancy! I would also like to thank my readers who have supported me!
Here is the synopsis:
"Life isn't promised. When the tones go off you never know who needs you the most or even worst, who will you set your own life down for. My father was a captain who set his life down for me in a fire. Now it is my duty to find out how that fire started and who started it. The guy that killed my father didn't just kill him in a normal way, he him with his worst nightmare. My father wasn't killed by a gang shooting or an accident, he was killed in the most painful way this person knew how to kill my father. He unleashed the animal on him and myself. I am not talking about an animal like a wild or domestic animal, I am talking about the elemental animal, the one known as fire. Fire is a living breathing thing that destroys and hates. By day and trade my father was a mechanic, but by blood he was a firefighter. He may not have been the president, but he was my hero. I was proud to say my hero wore bunker pants. I always wanted to catch the guy that killed my father..."
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Clancy's comment: Blaize, great to have you as a guest. Sounds like you are highly motivated. Good for you. Keep going. I suspect we will be hearing more about you. Love ya work - CT!
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