Author Interview: Nadine Brandes
Today I am lucky enough to be joined on the blog by the lovely Nadine Brandes, author of the historical fantasy novel inspired by the Gunpowder Plot, Fawkes.
Find out more about the book below:
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
Watch out for my review later this week!
About the Author:
Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband plan to live in a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
Some facts about her in her own words:
- I wrote the Out of Time Series. I think it’s kind of cool. 😉
- I’m an adventurer.
- I’m a Harry Potter super-nerd who has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family-size) by herself.
- I watch Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. (Wait…you don’t?)
- Oh yeah, I’M AN AUTHOR! (Der…) I write about other worlds soaked in imagination.
- I love the word bumbershoot.
- I learned to write using a fountain pen. They are the magic behind avoiding hand cramps. For reals.
- I hate peanut butter, but I like brussel sprouts. (Sorry if you just gasped and gagged at the same time.)
- I’ve driven a dogsled, eaten a raw potato, walked a tightwire, and waded through a cattail marsh all for the sake of book research.
- I’ve been journaling since I was 7-years-old.
Thank you for joining me today Nadine!
Can you tell me about your journey to becoming an author?
Phew! It sure was a journey! It spanned the course of about seven years—from first wanting to get published to actually landing my first contract. I spent a lot of those seven years writing, rewriting, re-rewriting, researching, and attending writing conferences which is where I eventually made contacts with my (now) agent and publishers.
Getting published is one thing. “Becoming an author” is another.
It’s a never-ending journey of growing and studying the industry, of being flexible with publishing changes and marketing strategies, of growing in your craft and tossing out manuscript after manuscript. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I signed that first contract…and that’s probably a good thing. I’ve loved the process and growth that came from it—and I’ve especially loved meeting and connecting with all my readers across the world.
2. What made you want to write about the Gunpowder Plot?
A lot of things! I’ve always been fascinated by the story and how some people viewed Guy Fawkes as a hero and others viewed him as a terrorist. I wanted to jump into the middle of that time period and look at the plot and passions from both sides.
3. What kind of research did you do into the history (and can you recommend any books)?
The research seemed endless in preparing for this book, but I had so much fun with it! It would take ages to list all the resources and books I dove into, but I’ll leave you with three that really helped me bring the world and plot alive: Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (by Antonia Fraser), The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England (by Ian Mortimer), and Oxford’s Shakespeare Dictionary (by David & Ben Crystal)
4. If you were in your world, what colour power would you use and why?
Well, I would hope to understand and bond with White Light the way Emma did, but let’s say I was raised Keeper, eh? I think I’d probably want to be a Yellow—they control fire, mainly, and I imagine in that time period when it got so cold with very little ways to heat oneself, I’d like having that ability to snitch a flame from a lantern and turn it into a bonfire to warm myself up. Survival, you know. 😉
5. I saw that your next project is about the Romanov family (colour me intrigued!). Can you tell me any more about it?
Oh I can’t wait for ROMANOV to be in everyone’s hands! I’ve had such a blast writing it and diving into that family’s personalities. This is the story of Anastasia Romanov during the Russian Revolution. Her family was exiled and they were awaiting the orders from the Bolsheviks—do they get to live? Or will they be executed. Anastasia (Nastya) has access to a hidden spell that might save her whole family, but she’s not sure how to use it. She’s also falling for one of the Bolshevik guards watching over her family. Enter drama and danger. 😉
Basically it’s a retelling of the historical event (not the movie.) But with a fantasy flair.
Drink: Yorkshire tea!
Book: How could you ask me this!!! Um…fiction? Probably Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter (I’m so unoriginal).
Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (I know this is extremely random.)
Music: Changes all the time but currently indie. The Gray Havens
Thank you so much for your great answers Nadine and I CANNOT WAIT for Romanov!
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