Why did you pursue writing?
It never felt like a choice. Even before I knew my ABC's I was picking up a pencil and scribbling stories. Then getting irritated later because I couldn't read what I'd wrote, because you know, it was gibberish.
What inspired your book?
There's no one thing. Ideas pop into my head, then I try to string it all together into a story. And the plots are always fluxing. I'm a person who will write an entire novel, then scrap it and start again. I keep trying until I get it right.
How long have you been publishing your work?
My first novel was self-published in 2004. I self-published three more after that. Amaranthine is my first novel to be accepted by a traditional publisher.
What’s your writing environment like?
I can write anywhere. A can get interrupted mid-sentence and pick right back up where I left off, hours or even days later. I don’t need a special zone of concentration to work. Before I owned a computer I would go to a local library between work shifts and jam out a few chapters. Now though, I work on my laptop at home and listen to whatever CD I’m currently into. I once wrote an entire book while playing a single song on repeat.
What projects are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m combining my self-published novels into an abridged novella. So readers can find out the backstory to the characters and worlds in Amaranthine. The original novels are out of print. Once that’s completed, I’ll get a sequel to Amaranthine finished. But there are a lot of different directions the story can go, so I’m currently working out which I like best. If anyone has a character that they are hoping makes a return in the sequel, now is the time to speak up.
Nina Schluntz is a native to rural Nebraska. In her youth, she often wrote short stories to entertain her friends. Those ideas evolved into the novels she creates today.
Her husband continues to ensure her stories maintain a touch of realism as she delves in the science fiction and fantasy realm. And their kitty, a rescued Abyssinian, is always willing to stay up late to provide inspiration.
Visit her blog; mizner13.wordpress.com for information regarding previous and upcoming publications. She also posts book and movie reviews for a wide variety of genres.
The author is giving away 2 signed copies of her novel (US entries only, please)