Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Author Interview: Nadine Keels

Nadine Keels
author, Movement of Crowns

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

My goodness! Like many a bibliophile, my list stretches out to the horizon and beyond. As of this interview, I’m reading Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve a few I’ve yet to read by Henry James, like The Wings of the Dove and The Bostonians, a stack I must read by Janette Oke, including her Seasons of the Heart and Canadian West series, and just about everything by L.M. Montgomery that I haven’t read yet, like The Blue Castle and A Tangled Web.

What is your favorite genre to read?

As far as literature goes, fiction is my first love, both to read and to write, always with some element of romance in it.

Currently, I most like to read classic literature and Christian fiction.

What got you started on your writing journey?

I’ve been a bookworm all my life, and my love of writing stemmed from the many books I read as a child, from authors like Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Hence, I’ve been writing stories since I was seven or eight years old. Then, during the few days of a horrific experience I had when I was thirteen, a novel saved my life: John Nielson Had a Daughter by Ruth Livingston Hill. That whole experience is a long story, but my purpose for writing books (beyond writing for my own pleasure) was first awakened there. I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

The greatest reward is when readers let me know that something I wrote did actually help them, whether it changed a reader’s perspective about a situation in his/her life or if someone enjoyed a book of mine enough to read it in one sitting.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

A great deal, whether I’m purposely writing from my internal or external life. I tell writers that their own lives—their thoughts, emotions, convictions, and experiences—are their greatest assets to draw from. Sometimes the aspects of my life that I include in my writing are literal, and other times they’re repackaged for the reader, but everything I write (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) starts with where I’m “at” in my life: mentally, emotionally, experientially, etc.

If you could sum up the main character of The Movement of Crowns into five words, what would they be?

Well, to use just five of the words readers have used to describe Constance so far: strong, mature, passionate, educated, and kind.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The Movement of Crowns might bring you hope, change your mind, expand your imagination, entertain you, or even save your life. As one reviewer put it, “Readers are left at the end with the sense that they’ve read something unique and special.”

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