Today’s the day!! It’s “Cover Reveal Day” for Sweet Dreams, the final book in The Illusion Trilogy. To celebrate, here is an exclusive interview with the author, Nadette Rae Rodgers.
Q: How many hours a day do you write?
A: I don’t write every day because I am a college student. But I actually find writing very relaxing, so once I am caught up on my studies, I write anywhere from one hour to five! I do a lot of my writing on breaks, in which case, I write all day.
Q: Do you base your characters off people you know?
A: Definitely not! I’ve had people come back from my past thinking that sitting next to me in a chem class in high school meant I wrote them as the dreamy guy in my book LOL. Of course, there are some personality traits of my family and good friends that I blended into all of the characters. But it’s not like I could tell you one character is based on one person that I know.
Q: How do you select the names of your characters?
A: So, for books one and two, all of the names were pretty much just names I have always loved. As I continued writing, I felt that the names suited the characters I was creating.
For the final book, however, there are a few very key characters who come into play. For the new characters, their names have very important meanings to them, which I explain toward the end of the third book.
Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
A: I do a lot of my research as I write, rather than all at the beginning. I research dreams and the sleep cycle and scientific facts about things like that. I like to make sure that even when dream sequences are strange and different, that they also are realistic to how a typical dream would be.
Q: Which is your favorite book that you have written?
A: Oh, man! That is a really tough question! I think I will always have a very special place in my heart for Illusion, because it truly was the book that started me on this whole journey! I am so thankful for that book and where it has lead me. I do, however, really feel that I have come into my own as an author and that I really found my voice. The third book is such a deep and real story. It was so bittersweet writing the ending of this trilogy that has been in my mind for YEARS! The third book felt like everything I wanted to share wrapping up for the ending. I am really, really happy with it.
Q: How did you figure out that you wanted to be an author?
A: To be honest, I just LOVED reading! I read all the time! I always thought authors were the coolest people ever. Anytime people ask that question of “what famous person would you like to have dinner with?”, I always pick an author because I think it would be so cool to have a conversation with them about writing. I always wanted to be an author! I just never dreamed I’d be an author at 20!
Q: What tips do you have for aspiring authors?
A: Honestly, talking with aspiring authors is one of my favorite things! I love talking with them and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. I tell aspiring authors to read other authors in the genre they want to write in so they can get a feel for what’s out there. I also suggest that they start a blog to get their voice out there and see how that goes.
My main tip for aspiring authors though is: Go for it! Write that book you’ve been thinking of (or publish it if you’re already done!). Follow your dreams and share your story with others. There’s a reason you have that story inside of you, so you should share it with people. “Someday, you’ll be someone’s favorite author!” You don’t need to wait to follow your dreams. Do something today (one small step) to follow your dreams, even if it’s just buying a notebook to start writing.
Thanks so much for your time, Nadette. It has been a pleasure working with you!