- Guest Author -
Welcome to an interview I conducted with an author who has previously been a guest.
Blaize Nolynne was born and raised in Maine. Inspiration from the book she wrote "District 1 Standby" came from the fact that her father is a retired firefighter. She says all of the good memories come from District 1 and the crew members she knew from all the districts. Inspired by her father's career as a firefighter and many other firefighters she knew and grew up with.
Welcome again, Blaize ...
A LITTLE ABOUT BLAIZE AND HER WRITING JOURNEY:
When you want to reach your Dreams- set it ablaze’ – Blaize Nolynne
Blaize Nolynne took that literally when her dreams came into play after she graduated high school. She took her dreams of being an author to heart where she furthered her studies at the Institute of Children’s Literature, where she graduated at the top. The beginning of her career she was under penname for children’s literature, C. Araya Delvesuvio. Her first book out was ‘Sending a Message to Grandpa’ by August of 2009, which was a story about a young girl who dealt with her grandfather’s death in a very unique way. She admitted that the story was close to home, since she was very close to her Great Grandfather and was quite young when he passed.
Later the same year she went on to publish a chapter book under the same name, ‘The Sixth Child of June’ in which was a fantasy for teens came out. As her mind kept whirling with new potentials for books, she realized that the world was her notepad. By then she published a saga which she wrote in high school, ‘Angels in the City that Doesn’t Sleep- First Mission Second Wish’. ( The book hit number 43 in Fantasy-Fiction on Amazon and then hit 68 for free Kindle in November of 2012.)
By the end of 2009 Blaize had already begun working on a more adult audience for her books. She began with a book she originally titled ‘Fire’ on her computer. She eventually self published it under the title ‘District One Stand By: The Captain’s Last year’ in which was published in 2010. By April of that same year, her book had been picked up by a publishing house and she was no longer a self published author. The name changed to ‘Firefighter Down, District One’. By September the book hit the top 100,000 chart on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. By then she was getting interviews with people such as Jo Lindell, The Mudge Report, Benjamin Wallace, The Sasha Marina Show, Morgen Bailey , Clancy Tucker, as well as the ‘Mirror Report’ in the Sun Journal from Lewiston, Maine as well as many others.
By the end of 2012 her sequel, District One Stand By: On the Bleeding Edge of Change, was out as well as a book about terminal cancer. At the age of 24, Blaize reached for different heights in her career that she only thought were dreams in the beginning. She realized that hard work and determination had made her dreams a reality. Since the beginning of her career she has published nine books, in which ALL are now being published by publishing houses.
She admits most of her books are based in a fictional ‘Standlynn, Maine’ which is based upon Standish, Maine where she grew up.
“District One Stand By:’ series is based upon my hometown, Standish, Maine. ‘The Captain’s Last Year, One Year to Live: Fighting the Flame and Cancer’ is based in Maine as well. There is something special about Maine that brings out my inspiration to write.” She admitted.
Blaize Nolynne books are available everywhere books are sold and including large distributors such as Ingram, Baker and Taylor, ect.
2. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
I began writing as a kid, but my first manuscript I wrote was at the age of 15. It took me five more years until I published it.
3. WHAT TYPE OF PREPARATION DO YOU DO FOR A MANUSCRIPT? DO YOU PLAN EVERYTHING FIRST OR JUST SHOOT FROM THE HIP?
I have a plan of what will happen, such as if the person has terminal cancer, or it is a fire or crime as far as that. How I get there is something I don’t plan. Roughly I know how all things are going to fit, but I shoot from the hip.
4. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Telling the stories that I write, interviews, and everything about being an author.
5. WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
At this point, a lot has changed since the last time I answered this question. I used to say selling the book, but that has changed. At the moment I am not finding any hard part. I know in the past there was.
6. WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I have been a little bit of everything. I worked at Staples, a cook for a small general store, and worked at a nursing home.
7. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
Being on the Best seller lists of both Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as being accepted into Ingrams, Baker and Taylor and in stores.
8. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I am working on another series called ‘Rescue One Stand By’ which the main character is being abused by her father.
9. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The world around me! I got inspired with my grandmother’s journey with cancer to our everyday heroes.
10. WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I mostly write firefighter/first responder fiction, but I write a little bit of everything.
11. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Absolutely! First off make your material unique. You don’t want a cookie cutter type of book. The writing will be the easiest part. Think long and hard between being self published and picked up by a publishing house. Speaking from experience I did self publish for five years. Media, bookstores, distribution companies like Ingram will not pick up most self published books.
12. DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
No, I don’t. I pick up inspiration to add from everyday life.
13. DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WRITING SCHEDULE?
I love to write at night.
14. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
I write in my office, which usually will consist of pictures of what I am writing about as a visual inspiration.
15. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
Telling the stories that are stuck with in me. Being able to create something which people can read as well as I read is an amazing feeling.
16. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
Ray Bradbury, because he was such a trendsetter when science fiction wasn’t popular, he was still writing it.
17. WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
The greatest compliment is how they can relate to the book through my characters or tell me that they couldn’t put it down.
18. WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
This is quite funny what I think is worst, it is when a reader tells you they love a book but they NEVER read the book. I think that is the worst.
19. WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
20. OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
Helping People! At the moment I am getting ready to attend fire academy for next year.
21. DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
The publishing house does all that.
22. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
A perfect day would be where I sit down and able to write without any interruptions!
23. IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE? WHY?
I am not sure. Whoever it is better be a positive person where there persona lighten up the fact we are stuck!
24. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
If I were to address the leaders of the world, I would express my humble opinion. The world is struggling not because we are not intelligent or have excelled from our past, but we haven’t learned from the past. War doesn’t help anything if we cannot talk it out, a lot of men and women suffer from this, which don’t get me wrong I do support the military. What are we teaching kids as parents if we tell them not to fight with one another and to talk it out, if our world leaders can’t talk it out? I would also express EVERY country has people who are going hungry, even in America. Humanity itself in my eyes would be the topic, with the sideline of the best interest of people no matter culture, religion, or any of that.
25. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I will always be an author, but I am going to add volunteer paramedics, firefighter and mother soon enough.
26. WHAT FIVE BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HEAVEN?
Bible, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, A guide to Confidence Living, Stay Alive All Your Life
27. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
Yes, Catisha Spadoni is one of my main characters I am mostly like.
28. DOES THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY FRUSTRATE YOU?
I think the more you understand about it, the less you are frustrated.
29. DID YOU EVER THINK OF QUITTING?
30. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MANUSCRIPT TO WRITE? WHY?
Firefighters/first responders because people can relate so well to the every day characters/
31. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER.
‘Success’ is such a word that can be put into small milestones in which build your career. The first book you publish and hold in your hand, the first time you are accepted into a publishing house, your first interview…. It all builds up to a career.
32. WHAT SHOULD READERS WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BOOKS KNOWING? HOW SHOULD THEY FEEL?
There is always a hidden message in my books. I use my manuscripts like a journal, so if I am sad about cancer, I will write about cancer. If I am frustrated about different scenarios that could happen at accident scenes, I will write. There is always a bit of truth somewhere deep in there, that is happening in real life. With that said, I hope that they take a look around their own life and see how cancer, fires, accidents, ect effect their lives.
33. HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
A LOT! I have no problem telling the designers that I hate the covers, I hate the pictures. For my firefighter titles I take extra time because I use real gear, real equipment, etc.
34. WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM?
Being on the New York Bestseller
35. WRITING IS ONE THING. WHAT ABOUT MARKETING YOU, YOUR BOOKS AND YOUR BRAND? ANY THOUGHTS?
The ‘selling’ aspect of the book is quite different from writing. I said above that the writing part is the easiest part. I believe you have to really do your homework on this, in which you want to get into the large distribution companies for the larger stores, but still sell to the Indie Bookstores to do signings. Marketing has quite potential with Television, Radio, Newspapers, blogs, ect.
36. ARE YOUR BOOKS SELF-PUBLISHED?
No, all of my books have been picked up by two publishers. The one that holds most of my books is Ayres Delzario Publishing House Inc. , in which I am very proud of their work.
37. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS.
Fearless Believer that never quits
38. WHAT PISSES YOU OFF MOST?
This one is quite hard to answer. People who have no experience in my field telling me how to do my job is probably the biggest one in which I will smile with grit teeth at.
39. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? GOOD ONE?
The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Peale.
40. WHAT WOULD BE THE VERY LAST SENTENCE YOU’D WRITE?
I am not sure, I am not there yet! Probably my VERY last sentence would be the tune ‘And that is all until we meet again’ or something to that tune.
41. WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU HAPPIER THAN YOU ARE NOW? CARE TO SHARE?
Being able to help people with cancer, abuse victims, firefighters, ect. I am a very peoples person in which I love helping those in need.
42. ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
Speaking of the last question, the book ‘The Captain’s Last Year, One Year to Live: Battling the Flame and Cancer’ proceeds are going to a Maine Fire Chief who is battling pancreatic cancer in which the family is struggling. The money is for medical and transportation.
Clancy's comment: Well done, Blaize. What a great name to be writing about firefighters. You have definitely moved ahead since you were a previous guest on this blog. Keep writing!