Cate: Please welcome Nedyne Shorts-Nettles to the Author Spotlight. Nedyne, what age group is your work geared toward?
Nedyne: Since this book has adult subject matter, I would gear it towards 18 years of age and up.
Cate: Into which genre would you say your work falls and why?
Nedyne: Poison Reality: a symphony of bittersweet is a fictional suspense melodrama. The story has a protagonist who is a detective named Bill Edwards, there are many unforeseen dangers that keep the reader on the edge of his /her seat. This novel follows the “formula” for being in the suspense category. It has ”state of confusion,” “realization,” a “main event” and “climax” before the ending.
Cate: Tell us a little about your book.
Nedyne: It is a potent tale of failings and ultimate redemption that frame our collective existence, displaying for the reader both how vulnerable and strong we can all be when confronting the mercurial challenges of life. With strong, believable characters and intriguing storylines, Poison Reality is a fast-paced, solid human interest story, one that leaves you with such an indelible impression with the turning of the final page.
Cate: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Nedyne: The Ned character is one of the central hubs of my novel moving from woman to woman is someone we see time and time again. He is a man who is nice looking and slides under the radar as a closet sociopath when he has alcohol. Women just wanted him as an arm piece. They didn’t take time to find out much about him. They are just tired of being alone and threw all caution to the wind when it came to him. This character is so cunning that I really had fun writing him.
Cate: What other writers would you say have influenced your work and why? What are some of your favorite books in the genre?
Nedyne: I wanted to see a fresh story something that relates to our everyday lives I love books written by Tom Wolfe. One in particular, the bonfire of the vanities. Another great book Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMIllan and Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. Each of these authors paid attention to realism and wrote a very action oriented book that took the imagination to the same heights as an epic movie.
Cate: What is your writing process like? Do you do a lot of background research? Do you plot every detail or do you prefer the characters to move the story in new directions, or a combination of both? Do you belong to a critique group and do you find this helpful?
Nedyne: I am a new author and utilize the process of Brainstorming and Freestyle. Brainstorming is when an idea is kicked around and opinions are sought in order to maintain realism. Freestyling is playing with a theme and just letting it evolve naturally. A lot of the background was developed from my personal encounters with people, venues and situations. I do not belong to a critique group and will probably pursue one when writing my next book.
Cate: Do you have any advice for young or beginning writers?
Nedyne: My advice would be active participation. Just because you wrote the book doesn't mean it will sell no matter haow good you think it is. Play an active role in marketing.
Cate: Great advice. Where can readers find you on the web?
Cate: Thanks so much for being in the Author Spotlight today. Best of luck to you!