Interview: SL Naeole

NRR: Can you tell us when you knew you wanted to become a author and who inspired you?

SN: I think I was probably born knowing that I wanted to be a writer.  I loved reading, I loved falling into worlds that were so different from my own.  As a kid, I was transfixed by books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.  As I got a little older, I entered worlds created by C.S. Lewis, Piers Anthony, and Tamora Pierce.  And, of course, no girl's literary world could be complete without Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.  As you can see, I'm especially drawn to female authors.

NRR: Grace and Robert are characters that grab the readers hearts. How were you inspired to write them?

The story of Grace and Robert was partially inspired by a dream and a song, Paramore's Hallelujah.  They were born from that, but their story is their own.  I'm merely their ghostwriter.  They tell me their feelings, their thoughts, what they see, what they've experienced, and I write.  I've had many moments where what they've described goes against what I want, but again, it's not my story.

NRR: The Grace series has the perfect blend of romance and mystery. How long does it take for you to put a novel together?

It depends on the time I have available to me and how much of the story the characters want to reveal at a time but I usually complete a first draft in a month's time.

NRR: What is a guilty pleasure for you?

Sleep.  I'm a mother of four, so sleep is precious to me.  If I could, I'd sleep all day and write all night.

NRR: Can you tell us a little about the final installment in the Grace series, Grace Of Day?

Grace of Day is completion of Robert and Grace's journey together.  They've dealt with some serious issues, some serious for teens, some serious for angels.  It's been difficult but together they've managed to overcome every obstacle except one.  Readers who've read the first three books know the main issue that lies between Robert and Grace is the reason they're destined for each other, and how they deal with that has been a point of contention for the two.

In Grace of Day, the final truths get revealed, truths that affect not just them, not just their friends and family, but quite possibly the world.  Add on a wedding, a marriage, and your impending death, and things get quite difficult very quickly.

NRR: Will we see any of the characters from the Grace series in any other work that you do?

Oh definitely.  I've already been talked into writing more about Stacy, and the angels in Grace's world have stories of their own to tell, some more...adult than others.

NRR: Which actors would you cast in the roles of Grace and Robert?

It's funny because this question came up a while ago.  I really have no actress in mind for the role of Grace, because no one fits her description in my mind that lives on screen.  I do, however, believe that the musician, Meg Dia, looks like what I envision Grace to be.

As for Robert, wow.  There are so many choices.  I based my description of Robert partially on Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I also adore Jackson Rathbone's nuances.  (Except for the crazy eye thing he does as Jasper Hale.  Robert doesn't do crazy eyes.)  Also, I would cast Ben Barnes.  He's got such a dreamy face, there's nothing I find wrong with it at all.

NRR: What can readers expect to see from you in the next year?

A LOT!  I'm starting several new series next year.  One, the Faeble Series, will see its first release at the end of this year, beginning of next.  It revolves around faeries, although not the kind we're used to.  Another series revolves around two main characters with separate points of view.  It's another paranormal/urban fantasy series.  These two series will be much darker than the Grace Series, as some of the topics involved are more serious in nature.  (As if life and death aren't serious, right?)

The third series involves retelling of fairy and folk tales like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, but with my own twists.  The first one in the series will be called Lovely Deep.

I also have some stand alones, including the completion of my online serial, Sweet Silence.  I'll be starting a new online serial, The Window, in the spring.


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