Interview with Nadine Brandes

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I’m very excited to have the opportunity to interview award-winning author, Nadine Brandes. The last couple of weeks I’ve been helping to promote her newest release in the Out of Time series, A Time to Speak, a novel of superior-standing that rivals best-selling and blockbuster hits of the dystopian genre.

Nadine-Brandes-Head-Shot-295x300There have been plenty of Nadine Brandes interview blog posts floating around leaving me with the daunting task of finding some new and refreshing topic to discuss on my blog.

First let me give you a little background on this fabulous author that you might not know:

  1. Nadine takes research seriously. Like ninja serious.
  2. Nadine has been dog-sledding. Traveled in Russian sleeper-car train. Dredged through a muddy marsh. Hiked in a fur skirt through knee-high snow. Tasted swampy cattails. Balanced on a slackline = ALL for the glory of research. *You’ll have to pick up your copy of A Time to Die or A Time to Speak if you want to know why her research was so important.
  3. Nadine LOVES her readers. She spends time responding to them through her social media and website and loves to hear how her stories are touching lives beyond the pages of her book.

I had the opportunity to meet Nadine in person at the ACFW conference in Dallas and

Nadine and I along with a few of our crazy author friends.

Nadine and I along with a few of our crazy author friends.

she’s just as kind, sweet, and funny as you would guess. Now without further ado, here’s my interview with Nadine.

You’ve done a lot of interviews lately and have probably been asked the same questions over and over. Today I wanted to ask you about your hobbies. As I mentioned above you are quite the researcher. Have you incorporated any of your personal hobbies into your stories?

Well, I really enjoy answering questions so this is fun! 😀 One of my main hobbies is adventuring, as you know, but I’ll branch away from that.

Hubby and I enjoy rock climbing, so that definitely made it into A Time to Die (book 1). Another main hobby is music. I was raised by musicians and was a professional drummer for several years. But my favorite instrument to play is the piano. Music didn’t make it into the Out of Time Series because the culture in which Parvin lives doesn’t really allow for such luxuries, sadly. But music will be a big part in the next book I’m writing. The main character is a drummer.

Basically, if I have a hobby, I’ll try to incorporate it into a story. That’s lifelong research you can’t experience in a single day! J

You’re quite adventurous but is there a hobby, or activity, that you’re too scared to try?

I live in a small valley surrounded by mountains that is packed with wild animals. Bears, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, you name it. They’re here. And that keeps me from hiking. Even if I have bear spray or a gun on my hip or I’m with a group of people I’m tense to the point of a moving statue the whole time. My sister is an avid avid hiker. She’ll go on multi-day trips and camp alone with no fear.

That is not me.

Spending an extended time out in the woods is too much for me (and, as far as excuses go, I have bad knees for hiking anyway.) I’d rather go skydiving (which I truly hope to do someday.)

If money or courage weren’t an obstacle what hobby or activity would you like to pursue?

I would want to go skydiving, at least once.

But using the money: I’d want to sign up for some high-quality art classes somewhere. I love to draw, but I have zero knowledge on what I’m doing. I visualize parts of my story so realistically I’d love to be able to get them down on paper.

I’m a big fan of Pinterest and love seeing hobbyist create artistic, culinary, and building masterpieces but I know my limitations and often relate to the Pinterest Fails. Have you experienced any “fails”?

Ha! All. The. Time. Last Christmas I tried to make the lovely “ice marbles” that were shown on Pinterest by filling balloons with water and food coloring. When we undid the balloons, some hadn’t frozen through all the way and the coloring leaked out, staining the porch. Others collapsed completely. It was a fail, but it was fun to do with the family. [grin]

You’ve introduced some very curious characters in your Out of Time series. Each with their own unique set of skills that carry them through a heart-wrenching, gut-punching, nail-biting adventure. Can we expect to meet more of these remarkable characters and have you done any crazy research for book three?

You’ll definitely see more of these characters in books two and three. As for research, that’s what the dogsledding was for! 😉 I also traveled to Russia and France (though not just for book research. These were multi-purposed trips) in the past year, and rode a sleeper train. You’ll see much of this in book three, but that’s all I’m saying for now! 😉

Ooh, I can’t wait for book three!! Thank you so much, Nadine, for taking the time to answer a few fun questions about you and your series.

Thank you so much for having me, Natalie! This was a fun interview. 

I enjoyed being a part of Nadine’s launch team and hope you’ll check out her Out of Time series. A Time to Die and A Time to Speak are available now in paperback and eBook. And now Nadine has a question for you:

What’s one of your favorite hobbies? And do you see them (or put them) in books often?

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4 thoughts on “Interview with Nadine Brandes

  1. If I lived where you do, Nadine, then I’d hike ALL the time, but I have a best friend whose greatest fear is being eaten by wild animals. When we go on hiking trips together, I’m the one assigned with the job of carrying the pepper spray, bear spray, knives, and any other dangerous weaponry and taking out any wild animals we may encounter. So far, the worst I’ve had to chase off has been a marauding raccoon. We don’t dare hand the bear spray to this friend because she’s a little trigger happy. She’s nearly pepper-sprayed us a couple times when we’ve stepped on sticks while hiking at dusk.

    • Oh my gosh, I can totally picture this in my head. I ran the other day and came across a dead snake in the road that caused me to leap in the air only to realize the snake was a piece of cord. 🙂

      • I don’t do snakes. *shudders* Funny thing, my friend who is scared of being eaten by wild animals? She doesn’t mind snakes. Actually, I think she has offered to pick one up before. Crazy, huh? It’s one reason we make good hiking buddies. She takes care of the snakes; I take care of everything else.

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