Sunday, 2 June 2013

Diana Nixon - Authors interviewing authors

First thing's first - here is a little info about Diana before we look at her interview:

Diana Nixon is a fantasy author, known for the Love Lines series. She was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she currently lives and works on her books. In 2008 she graduated from Belorussian State University, in 2009 – got a Master of Law degree. Diana speaks several foreign languages, including English, Spanish and Polish. Her first book, named Love Lines, was published in May, 2012.

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And here are the books (so pretty)

Love Lines series:

The traces of supernatural powers have always been crossing the world of human beings. Many people know about the existence of healers, mind readers, oneiromancers and wizards. But for centuries their lives have been kept secret and no one has ever heard about one special place, where those gifted people studied.
Neither has Eileen Clark, whose life has never been different from the one other teenagers have.
But one day everything changes. Eileen finds out that she belongs to the mysterious world of unnatural and the destiny leads her to Dever - a closed university for the people like her.

Nothing will ever be the same again...

New life, new friends, new enemies...

But the true love will never let her down. It will help to go through everything....

1. Love Lines (a novel)

The story begins with a strange dream, which has been torturing Eileen for nights. Trying to find out its hidden meaning she leans on her best friend Amanda for help. The two of them go to a fortune-teller, who predicts changes in Eileen's life. 
Eileen and Amanda, whose family is one of the seven founders of Dever, go there to start new life and get education. Coming to the university Eileen meets Christian, Amanda's brother, whom she falls in love with from the very first sight. But, as it turns out later, Christian is in love with her too. 
They couldn't even imagine that many years ago their lives were bound by magical spells. But now they have to find out why...

2 Songs of the Wind (a novel)
Losing Christian hasn’t been easy for Eileen. But she’s not going to give up. Now she has to find a way to bring him back from the magical dream, where he was taken by Eric Lanster. Together with her friend Evan, Eileen goes to France – Meridin’s motherland, where she hopes to find out the mysteries of the dream’s magic. In a small town named Fontainbleau they meet a wizard, who turns out to know a lot of their secrets… 
Determined to help Eileen, Evan agrees to complete some special dream piercing training. But he can’t even imagine what he has put himself into. The magic of dreams keeps a lot of secrets. The spells are dangerous and their consequences no one is able to predict. 
Friends can become enemies…
The ones they used to call their family can become traitors…
But the ones they love will always be there to help…

2.5 From Scratch (a short story)

Our lives are a cascade of events that pass faster than we would like them to. Time changes everything. Our habits, our views, our circle of friends. But there is one thing that remains the same over the years. 
Our memories.
Through them we cherish the most unforgettable moments of our history. And they also retain some things that can't be forgotten….
But one day you realize that yesterday should be left in the past. Because tomorrow your new life begins, and you go back to the drawing board. 
A love story of Evan Murray and Tara Mackenzie.
A story that should last forever….But no one knows when forever ends….

All Blurbs taken from Goodreads.


1. What's the hardest part of writing your book?

- I work in a fantasy genre, so the hardest part here is to make my books different from other books of the same genre. Sometimes it seems that everything has already been mentioned: angels, vampires, wizards. Personally I think that if a person likes some specific kinds of books, he will keep reading them, no matter how many authors write about one and the same thing. That’s why the most important thing is to make a book unique and memorable. There are a lot of writers working in a fantasy genre, but I still think that every new story can be special in its own way. One of the things I used in my Love Lines series was the language of flowers; their meanings and messages that people could send using different combinations of them. Flowers were combined with the meanings of dreams, magic, numerology, legends and adventures. I called it A Recipe For A Good Plot:)

2. What current projects are you working on?

- At the moment I’m working on four different books. The first one is a book of poetry that I write together with one of the most outstanding Indian authors, Abhishek Leela Pandey .  It calls The Blurred Vortex. Another book is the third part of the Love Lines series, named Diamond Sky. And there are two more new projects: one is a contemporary romance, named Hate at First Sight, and the second one is a trilogy in my favorite fantasy genre, named Heavens.

3. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your book to life?

- The main challenge I faced working on my first book was the translation. Love Lines novel was originally written in Russian, so it took many sleepless nights, tons of coffee and God only knows how much of my nerves to polish its English edition. Now I write my books in English, so I have one problem less. Though I still do some researches about the aspects I want to be magical, and not just trivial.

4. Give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Title: Love Lines
Genre: Paranormal romance
Tagline: They couldn’t even imagine that many years ago their lives were bound by magical spells. But now they have to find out why….

5. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

- I write books for young adults. My stories have everything that fans of fantasy are looking for: mysteries, adventures, characters that will make you swoon, beautiful love and magic of course. If you open the first page of Love Lines, you won’t be able to stop reading this book, until you get to the last page, that will make you rush to the nearest bookstore to buy the next part of the series:)

6. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

- It was supposed to show the main idea of the book – the beauty of love. And I thought that if I added a part of mystery hidden in the book, the title would sound good. So it turned into Love Lines.

7. Who did your cover art?

- Love Lines has two covers. The Black & White one was designed by me, and the colorful one – by one of the most amazing graphic designers I’ve ever met, Jennifer Munswami.

8. In 50-words or less, describe your latest book?

The next book to be published is Diamond Sky. It’s a new page of the Love Lines story that will reveal new secrets and mysteries buried in the walls of Dever University. It tells about the new challenges in Christian’s and Eileen’s life. And nothing about it is going to be easy. There will be more challenges; new friends and new enemies.

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