I recently got to read Nina’s debut book PRISM, the first book in the Color Alchemist series and I loved it so much! My extended review went online yesterday and you can read it by clicking HERE! If you’re in need for a new ya series with some really awesome and original magic, great characters and story-line? This is the book you NEED; PRISM!
Today I got this Q&A article for you guys. I’m really thankful to Nina for taking the time to answer my questions and I’m really excited to share this Q&A with you because doing a Q&A is a really awesome way to share my love for an author and to promote them with something other than a review. I think Nina is a really talented author and this book deserves all the love and praise! In this Q&A you get to know more about the book(series) and Nina herself. I’m really happy I got to do this interview and publish it on my blog now and I won’t hold you up any longer now haha. Happy reading!
- How did you come up with this world-setting and the color alchemists in particular? This magic is so awesome and original! Love to hear where your inspiration came from.
I came up with the story idea in 2012. I was learning about chakras at that time and had a dream about a girl using the color as magic. So from there, I developed it into what it is today.
- The second book is about to release. Is there more in the works that’s coming our way? A new project maybe, or new stuff regarding this series?
Fracture releases October 19th, and I’ll have two more full-length books in this series releasing next spring and summer. I’m also working on a novella called Among Shadows. That book details Tristan and Sasha’s past history. As of right now, the plan is to keep that as an email list exclusive and deliver it as a Christmas present to my readers.
- I always love reading multiple POV’s so reading Jessa’s AND Lucas’s POV was really awesome, especially considering they both lived a completely different life so far so the writing process for both POV’s is different as well, I guess? Did you prefer one POV over the other while writing? Was it difficult writing a male POV for example and writing from two completely different mind-sets? Love hearing more about your writing process regarding this because I loved both of these characters so much!
I am so glad to hear that you loved the characters. In book two you’ll also get to dive into Sasha’s POV and I think you’re really going to like her. I don’t know if I really had much of a choice other than to write the books this way. There are pros and cons to it, and as a new author, it was difficult. Not only do I have to make sure the characters worked, but I needed to make sure events weren’t rehashed because I find that boring. I also had a few places where the POV switched in the middle of the scene, which was a rookie mistake on my part. It made it incredibly hard to go back in edits and change plot elements around. But I made it work! I learned so much doing it this way and I think I do an even better job in the next book because I knew what to do going into the first draft. Nowadays, I plot a book out far in advance and I also try to write the scene from the character that would have the highest stakes in that particular plot point. I’m working hard to take the characters on a journey with the readers so that by the end of the series, you can see and feel how they’ve changed.
- What’s your favorite element of Prism? The magic? A specific character? The world building?
The magic was what brought me in and it’s still probably my favorite part. But I have to say, I’m a sucker for romance. I love where these characters are taking me.
- How did you become interested in writing? Was the passion for writing always there? Did you do anything in particular – like research and getting information from fellow authors for example – regarding to WRITING A BOOK?
There’s a lot of reasons why I write. It fits my personality, my lifestyle, and I love it. I’ve been writing since second grade and have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. After college, I moved to LA to pursue an acting career. But after about a year, I realized I didn’t like the industry. My husband and I decided to move back to Utah and I knew I needed something to fulfill me creatively. That’s when I had the dream about color alchemy. I dived into writing and haven’t looked back since. I enjoyed acting because I loved building a character and telling a story. I love writing more because I have full control over those two things, plus it’s a better lifestyle. I’m an introvert so I’d rather work from home than report to a set. I have no doubt that this is what I’m happiest doing.
- Could you tell us a bit more about Nina Walker? Where you live and how an average day in your life looks like?
I’m the wife to my high school sweetheart, Travis. We’re happy to live in Utah because it’s clean, beautiful, family oriented, and there are a lot of economic opportunities. We have a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, and I stay at home with them. I’ve been successfully doing online health and lifestyle coaching for over four years, which has allowed me to stay home with the kids and to write without having to get a typical job. I’m a highly independent person so this lifestyle, while busy and stressful at times, suites me.
- Have you set goals for yourself regarding writing? Like, is there some particular genre you want to write in the future or a certain ‘subject/happening’ you want to write about?
I am an entrepreneurial person at heart, so I’d love to be able to make a living with my writing. My favorite genre is young adult, so I’ll be sticking to that for now. I already have several series planned that fall within the YA umbrella. My second favorite genre is actually self-help and personal development, so one day I’ll try my hand at that as well. Maybe I can help someone.
- If you find time to read yourself; Who’s your favorite author and what genres do you like to read most? Or don’t you have any preferences?
I love all things young adult, though I do read a bit of women’s lit, romance, commercial fiction, and an occasional thriller. And of course, personal development non-fiction. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite author, but I really love Lauren Oliver.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:
- Current favorite fictional crush?
All five of the Abcurse brothers in The Curse of the Gods series. I don’t know how Willa could pick one so why should I?
- Best book you’ve read recently?
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
- Best movie you’ve seen recently?
The Big Sick
- Other hobbies?
Travel, hiking, kayaking, ect…but mostly I enjoy spending quality time with my kids and husband.
- What is on your bedside table?
My kindle has all my fiction on it which is inside the drawer. Stacked on top are High Performance Habits by Brendon Bruchard, The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass, a Thesaurus, and a journal.
- What food could someone wake you up in the middle of the night for?
Nothing! As a mom, I’ve learned to value sleep over food.