Welcome to my post for the Lost book tour, organized by Shane at Itching for Books! This book was absolutely lovely! I have an author interview coming up, as well as a giveaway for a copy of Lost. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:
Maria's life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she's kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.
Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn't protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he's scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.
When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria's classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other's secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they're not alone anymore.
This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.
Nadia Simonenko is a scientist and author currently living in Indianapolis with her husband, two cats and a dog. When she isn’t writing, she develops new oncolytic compounds and dreams about someday getting to take a vacation.
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Glad to be here, Farrah. :) Lovely place you've got! You don't happen to have any tea, do you?
What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
In the writing process itself, the hardest part is Chapter 4. I know where I started, I know where I'm going, and I know the story I want to tell. Sometimes, I don't know the route I want to take to get to the ending. The first time I crashed into a wall with Lost was right around Chapter 4, when the intro tapered off but I couldn't quite reach the next major plot point yet. Once I got to Chapter 5, I was fine and the plot started flowing again. Lost also added the challenge of being a very difficult plot, emotionally speaking. Many, many people are involved in its making, and at times it hurt to write it.
The easiest part? It's always once I get into a good groove and a scene starts playing in my head like a movie. I can write it easily then, and the words just flow. There's nothing quite like sitting down and having a scene float out onto the screen effortlessly! :)
If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?Hoo boy...I barely watch movies. I'm really going to date myself with these, but... remember Ryan Gosling back in "The Notebook?" Yes please! One Owen, coming up! :) As for Maria, that's actually a lot harder. Jennifer Connelly might have been a good pick if you could take her acting style in 'Dark Waters' and combine it with her earlier days in The Rocketeer or Dark City. My husband said Selena Gomez, and I had no idea who she was. Once I looked her up, I had no idea how he knew who she was either. I could also see a younger Evangeline Lilly. Maybe.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
First move: Butt glue. As in, I do not get up from the chair until I've written something. :) Second move: If I really, really can't get anything to come out and I'm on the brink of tears, I go back to the notebook and see what's wrong with my story. If I can't go anywhere, it usually means something isn't quite right in the plot, and I need to revisit it and plan it out better.
Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
LOTS. Ursula K. Le Guin, if you happen to read this article for any crazy reason, I love you. She is the best ever, and anyone and everyone should go read 'The Telling' and 'The Left Hand of Darkness' right this second. Oh, and then my book when you're done, of course!
Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
Well, there's the book I'm promoting right now, Lost, and its sequel, Found.
Lost is the story of two broken young people, Maria and Owen, as they try to pick up their broken pieces and put them back together again. They’re apprehensive of what the uncertain future has in store for them, terrified of what’s behind them, and very, very much alone...
…until they meet each other in their final semester of college.
Suddenly, things are changing. Change is scary – especially when your life is like either of these two people’s lives – but they can feel themselves starting to come alive again. Maria and Owen find someone they can trust – someone with whom to grow – in each other. Maybe they’re not so alone after all. Maybe they do have a chance of being loved by someone and of having someone they can love back.
Part brutally realistic fiction, part sweet romance, that’s the story of Lost. It was released back in late February and peaked at #20 on the Coming of Age Amazon bestseller list in March. I'd tell you what the sequel's about, but then I'd have to kill you. Or, you could visit its Goodreads page and check out the new blurb that was just posted a few days ago! Found, the sequel, is going to be released in early July. :)
If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
Tough question. I want to go back to plenty of time periods (and places) just so long as I get to come back again of course. I'd like to see the United States in the 1950s through my own eyes without the haze of nostalgia that older generations apply to it. I'd like to go back to the great depression and experience it myself. Also, RAWR DINOSAURS (well duh)! Too many places and times.
This or That:
That. I'm hard to satisfy, and This will never be enough. I'd like That too, please.
Summer or winter?
Winter, but ideally the autumn of upstate New York. I went to Cornell for college and grad school, and it's stunning in the autumn. Cold is better than hot, though, and I adore snowstorms, so give me the winter any day!
Cat or dog?
I have both. Sorry to ruin the question! :) (Dog. Arf.)
Tea or coffee?
Have you seen my tea cabinet? It takes up most of my kitchen.
Book or movie?
Book. I had to get rid of most of mine when I moved out here to Indianapolis, but my e-reader is rapidly filling up. Lately, I've been reading "After Math" and "Kitchen Confidential."
Bad boy or boy next door?
Boy next door, hands down. Try dating a bad boy sometime. It's not all it's hyped up to be. Plus, I'm not big on the whole relationship drama thing. Life's too short to deal with stupid rock star syndrome. I'm perfectly happy (more than that, even - delighted, ecstatic, you name it!) with my darling nerdling husband. He's the 'boy next door' type, and I couldn't ask for a better guy. :)
Thanks for coming! It was great having you.
Lovely to get to meet you. Thanks for having me!
Up for grabs is a finished paperback copy of Lost. US only. Ends June 24.