I am honored to have Nancy Straight, author of the Meeting Destiny series, on the BlookGirl Blog today!
Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense.A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.
Sounds very intriguing, right?! My review for Meeting Destiny will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to check back in! For today's visit, I asked Nancy a series of questions about herself, her writing, and Meeting Destiny in particular. I hope you enjoy her insightful and witty answers :-)
Nancy: Thanks so much for hosting the Meeting Destiny tour! I loved your questions, especially #10!!
BlookGirl: It's so great to have you here! Thanks for visiting :-) Here, have a taco. Now, on to the questions!
What was your inspiration for Meeting Destiny?
Nancy: A friend and I were talking about relationships and how some people really seem to be made for one another. People will pass in and out of each other’s lives for years and them – BAM – it hits them that this is the person they’ve been looking for. Destiny and finding the right person was what inspired Meeting Destiny and ultimately the Destiny Series.
BlookGirl Which character in Meeting Destiny most accurately portrays you (if any)? Why?
Nancy: Gretchen. She is a very small character in the book, but memorable. Gretchen is the physical therapist whose personality is close to a drill instructor. She is straight forward, tough and very sarcastic!
BlookGirl: Do you believe in destiny? Why/why not?
Nancy:I absolutely believe in destiny! I also believe people make their destinies happen. The universe has a way of bringing lots of elements together, but it’s ultimately the person’s decision whether they’ll stretch outside their comfort zone and reach for their destiny.
BlookGirl: Think quick! You have to pitch your book to a new reader, Twitter-style. You've got 140 characters - go!
Nancy: What if your soul m8 came 2 U N a dream & told U 2 B courageous & U could meet him? Would U jump in front of a bullet 2 meet your destiny?
BlookGirl: How has being a published author changed your life?
Nancy: I am a self-published author - I like to make that distinction. I don’t have a publicist, an agent or a giant publishing house to help me find readers. I have the most thoughtful, kind, inspirational and amazing fans on the face of the planet – and I wouldn’t trade even one of them for a publishing contract! I know that may sound crazy – I get that publishing houses are necessary institutions. But what I have seen over the last year is that the power has truly shifted. Best Selling books are no longer simply decided on by how large a publisher’s marketing budget is. Readers now have the power to decide what books are popular. The self-published books aren’t “watered-down,” they’re raw, edgy AND affordable.
As far as the life-changing aspect, I’ve met some awesome people (authors, bloggers and readers) in the last year. Several I believe will remain life-long friends. Writing the Destiny series was the catalyst for these relationships and I feel truly blessed.
BlookGirl: Do you have any quirky writing habits?
Nancy: I actually write better with my Jack Russell Terrier, Flash, lying beside me in my writing chair. He doesn’t always cooperate. If I’m writing after ten p.m. he doesn’t like to stay up late, so occasionally I bribe him with a treat to keep him on the chair with me while I’m typing. Is that quirky?
BlookGirl: What book(s) have influenced you the most?
Nancy: Wow – that’s a tough one. Books haven’t influenced me nearly as much as the authors whose works I adore. Shelly Crane is probably the biggest influence, she has offered me advice since I first hit publish – she’s my indie author idol! Charlotte Abel was one of the first authors to reach out to me with ideas on how we could both reach more fans. Shannon Dermott is also wonderful. Each of these three ladies have made a huge impact on my writing. I’ve read everything each has published – if you haven’t read their books – you need to, they are all fabulous!
BlookGirl: What are your current projects?
Nancy: I’m working on my second series! I believe this one will have four books. I haven’t titled the series or any of the books yet, but the first book is about a girl who loses her mother. The two had been isolated her whole life and she believed her mother’s death to have taken the one person on the planet away that she could call family. She’s surprised to learn that she has a father, brothers, grandparents and an extended family thrilled to welcome her into their folds. But there was a reason her mother hid her away.
BlookGirl: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Nancy: Edit, edit, edit and edit again – then find someone with exceptional attention to detail and ask them to read the novel and look for inconsistencies in the story, then find an English teacher and ask them to look for grammar errors. Spend the money on a great cover. I wouldn’t recommend any aspiring authors try to publish the traditional way. If there are any of you out there that are reading this, please email me and I’ll tell you why I feel so strongly in favor of self-publishing.
BlookGirl: Quick! The zombie apocalypse is imminent! What three things would you have on hand to defend yourself and survive?
1. A solar still – so I can purify my own water to drink and I don’t need fuel for it to operate.
2. A fortress to live in – like the one Will Smith had in the movie I am Legend.
3. A 12 gauge shot gun with an endless supply of ammunition.
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband, two children and three dogs. She enjoys RVing with her family, writing Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy and reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.
A big THANK YOU goes out, again, to Nancy Straight for taking the time to answer these questions and for participating in the tour. This tour is part of Heather's SupaGurl Blog Tours, so be sure to visit Heather's website for previous and further coverage of the Meeting Destiny Blog Tour!