Today I have an interview for you guys. I had the honor to send some question to Nadette Rae Rodgers, and now I’m going to share them with you all. You’ll get to know more about her, writing and her first book, Illusion. At the end of this post, there’s a giveaway. Feel free to enter. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Meet the Author!
Nadette Rae Rodgers lives in Pennsylvania. Her passion for writing developed at a very young age. Her interest in dream analysis was the basis for this book. She hopes this book will inspire others to achieve their goals in life.
Illusion is her first published work. It is the first book of the Illusion Trilogy.
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Meet the Book!
Illusion is the first installment in the Illusion trilogy. It’s the first book Nadette Rae Rodgers published, and I have to tell you guys, it is really good. You can read my review for Illusion, here.
Everybody dreams, everyone has nightmares…but no one dreams quite like Addison Smith. Addison has always had unusual dreams. However, the crazy factor has risen to a whole new level. Still, she doesn’t realize just how unique she is. But one day, Addison wakes up covered in bruises with blood on her pillow, and she realizes that maybe her dreams aren’t so normal after all. Someone or something is causing all of this, but she doesn’t know who and she doesn’t know why. Suddenly the guy of her dreams (literally) becomes the new kid at school and turns her world upside down. Before she knows it, the line between reality and her dream world blurs. What is real? What is just an illusion?
Official Website for the Trilogy: Illusion Trilogy
Interview with Nadette Rae Rodgers
Q’s About Writing:
Q: Introduce yourself. At what age did you started writing? Did someone or something encourage you to write?
A: Hi everyone! My name is Nadette Rae Rodgers, and I’m 18 years old. I’ve been writing pretty much since I learned to read! I began writing my novel, Illusion, as a freshman in high school, so about four years ago. My family always encouraged me in my writing. I remember writing little poems and reading them at holiday dinners every year. My senior year of high school, I took a creative writing class and the teacher really inspired me to get my book back out and finish it. She has been such an encouragement to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve taken my book to print without her.
Q: What do you love the most about writing?
I love that I can use my words to make an impact on people. I can tell a story that has the power to transport people to a new place, be an escape for them. That’s what I love about reading too, so I love that by writing, I can do for others what my favorite authors have done for me.
Q: How’s your writing process? Do you have a routine or you just write when you’re inspired?
A: Typically, I write when I feel inspired. I also tend to write/come up with the endings first and work my way to the ending I see for the book. I’m trying to get better about plotting and getting a better routine when writing.
Q: Is there something difficult about writing?
A: It can be really difficult to get the story/image I have in my head into the right words. It can be challenging to take an idea that makes sense in my head and make it realistic and relatable for many different people.
Q: Do you like to listen to music while writing? If yes, do you have a playlist for Illusion?
A: Yes! Music is definitely where I get a lot of my inspiration when writing. So I almost always have songs playing while I write. I do have a playlist for Illusion! My favorite song to listen to while writing that book was “Sleepsong” by Bastille. It literally sums up the vibe of my book and I love it so much. I’ll be posting a link to the playlist on my blog very soon actually!
Q: Like me, there are a lot of aspiring authors in this bookish community. Which advice would you give to every aspiring author out there?
A: Don’t give up on your dreams! It can be very daunting, the idea of writing a novel and putting it out there for the world to read, but the feeling when you finally finish your book is the best feeling ever. If your dream is to write a book like mine was, don’t stop writing until the story inside you gets out. If you want to write songs or poetry, keep writing them. Whatever your dream is, if you believe in your abilities and put your mind to it, it is possible to achieve it!
Q’s about Illusion:
Q: What can you tell us about your first book, Illusion?
A: Well, it’s about a girl who has crazy dreams that start to bleed into her waking hours. Things that happen in her dreams then happen in real life, and people she meets in her dreams show up in her life. There’s a romantic interest in the book, as well as a thriller aspect in the book. There are many twists and turns!
Q: What inspired you to write a book about dreams?
A: I find dreams fascinating! I’m very interested in dream analysis and trying to figure out what dreams mean. Also, dreams are such a relatable topic! Everyone dreams. So I thought it would be neat to write a book that’s as relatable as dreams, but set in a fantastical world.
Q: Did something inspired the names of your characters?
A: They just seemed to fit the characters, and I really liked the names.
Q: My favorite character was Zach. Which character was your favorite to write?
A: I’m glad you liked Zach! I had fun writing his character! I think Addison and Mitch were my favorite characters to write. Mitch, mostly because he has a big backstory (to be revealed in book #2) and I liked shaping his character into who he is today and coming up with a reason for why he is the way he is. I liked writing Addison because the reader gets to live inside her head and therefore, you know more about her than any other character in the book.
Q: Illusion will be a trilogy. Can you describe in three words the second installment?
A: Three words? That’s tough! Hmm…
Answers. History. Intrigue.
Q: Can we expect new characters in the second installment? If yes, can you tell us one name?
A: The name of a key character to book two is throughout book one a lot. A lot of people have guessed this character will be important to the series, and that is true. For those who haven’t read it yet, I can’t say the name (but the name is definitely in book one a few times).
Q: To finish this interview, tell your readers your favorite book, author and genre.
A: This is constantly changing as I find more and more books I love! Right now, I’d have to say my favorite book is The One by Kiera Cass (it was just perfect!). My favorite author right now is Sarah Dessen (I haven’t read a book of hers I didn’t like!). My favorite genre is a tie between YA romance and thrillers, which is why I really wanted to write a book that crossed the two genres together.
I hope you all enjoyed knowing author Nadette Rae Rodgers a little bit more. Don’t forget to add her on all social medias. If you’ve read her book, share your thoughts in the comments down below. The giveaway ends on September 7th. May the odds be ever in your favor. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.