It’s time for another fantastic debutant author Nicole Sorrell, author of The Art of Going Home, book 1 (The Art of Living series)
Hi Nicole, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I currently live in a rural area of the mid-west in the United States. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I spent my first 18 years. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community and everyone knows everybody. I also appreciate the culture of the city: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.
I love travelling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I’m a published poet. I like baking pies. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.
My constant companion is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi.
Fascinated by your vibrant choice of living and making brilliant future as an aspiring author as well, appreciated Nicole.
Which writers inspire you?
My favorite author is Gabriel García Márquez, who wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and received a Nobel Prize.
I’m fascinated with the novel’s ingenious complexity and how it intertwines various elements. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred. Solitude is psychological as much as geographical, and time is cyclical.
A few others are Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Don Quijote); Bryce Courtenay (The Power of One); Laura Florand (The Chocolate Rose); Aimee Pitta (The Theory of Invisibility); Anna K. Sargent (The Legend of Juan Miguel); Trey Holt (Bottomland); Jasmine Haynes (the Max Starr Series) by; Jonathan Grant (Brambleman).
Splendidly well said Nicole I can see your taste for books so eloquently well established as a reader. Awesome!
What have you written?
I’ve published poems in various literary journals in the past, but not in an anthology.
The Art of Going Home is the first novel I’ve written.
I’m starting to think about what I will write after I’ve completed The Art of Living series. I’ve got a basic idea for my next novel, but only a general plot. I don’t even have a working title yet! My creative and writing processes are pretty slow.
Thanks for sharing your ideas with our readers. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Definitely a computer! My handwriting is so sloppy, I probably couldn’t read what I’d written if I applied pen to paper. Sometimes it takes a dozen or more revisions before a sentence clearly conveys the idea. Editing would be difficult without the ability to rewrite sentences, and cut and paste to move sentences within paragraphs, and paragraphs from one chapter to another. And what would we do without a computer for word count.?
Great! Indeed I do agree without a computer word count would be unimaginable also editing does becomes tedious in that case. But I guess many authors still opt writing with pen on their journals.
Well, moving on let our readers get a brief description to
‘The Art of going home’ –
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
The series is a duology. Book 1 is called The Art of Going Home, and book 2 is The Art of Retribution. The novels are equal parts contemporary romance and mystery. They tell of the personal journey of a young woman named Maddie Chandler. The story begins when she must return to her small home town due to the untimely death of her surrogate mother, “Aunt” Ceci. To deal with her overwhelming grief she finds herself relying on the steadfast strength of her high school crush, local attorney Zac Redondo. Though she scolds herself for depending on him so much, she can’t seem to find the strength to resist their mutual attraction. During her visit, Maddie is haunted by childhood memories of her twin sister Angeline, who was killed five days after their tenth birthday. She is persuaded to investigate the unsolved murder only because she fears refusal will threaten her sanity. Her mother eventually succumbed to mental illness after Angeline’s death, and Maddie is terrified she will also slide into madness. Her inquiries into the case uncover years of deceptions that were maintained to safeguard her from the brutal truth. Not only are lives threatened by her pursuit of justice for her twin, it ultimately causes her world to shatter.
That’s interesting and I’m sure the plot would keep the readers hooked. What are your future projects?
I’m currently writing a companion story to The Art of Living Series, a short romance called The Art of Getting Away. The protagonist is Carlos, one of the secondary characters from Books 1 and 2. While taking a vacation, he meets a girl he can’t resist. Also, I’m working on Book 2 of The Art of Living Series, The Art of Retribution. I hope to release it late this year.
Sounds good all the best for your projects and thanks for this update for our readers.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Getting an education is invaluable. Its importance is never underestimated. An education is not confined to the classroom. Be a student of the world. Don’t stop learning, and don’t limit yourself to the point of view you agree with. Weighing all sides of an issue is required for growth and wisdom.
Awesome piece of inspirational advice Nicole. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
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Thank you very much Nicole, for all the information and taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of
‘A living series talk’
I wish you great success and warm regards.
It’s my pleasure talking to you as well Inderjit
Thank you for this opportunity.
Keep smiling keep shining.