How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember. I attempted a novel for the first time in high school. It was terrible and I never finished it, but the fascination with crafting a story stuck. I completed my first novel in my early twenties (it was never published) and it was the first time I thought to myself that I’d actually pursue publishing. There’s this huge sense of accomplishment that goes along with completing a novel length story, and a rush that accompanies it…but then you realize how important honing your craft and editing becomes. Sometimes it takes a while to realize that just because you finished a story, it doesn’t mean it’s ready for the world to read. I completed two books, neither of which was publishable, but they were invaluable to me in learning how to craft a novel length story. It was after that I completed what would become my first published novel, Living Dead Girl. I joined a critique group, which really helped me tighten up my storytelling abilities and push it to a level where a publisher really would want it. I guess it’s just something I’ve always enjoyed.
What was the most challenging part about writing Confessions of a Punk Rocker?
I can’t think of any major challenges. This story really flowed for me. It begins before and overlaps some of my first novel Living Dead Girl, just from a different character’s perspective. So obviously I had to make sure timelines matched, and if I used the same scene in the different character’s perspective, make sure it was balanced between providing new information and accuracy. I didn’t want those scenes that overlapped to simply swap pronouns, so I had to sit back and really consider ‘what would Jack (the main character) be thinking in this situation’.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
I think just being able to create characters that come alive for other readers; stories that evoke some kind of emotion or thought.
This is a series: how many books are there in the series? Do you plan on writing more books in this series?
I have two other books out in this series. Confessions is sort of a prequel, although it does overlap book one. Living Dead Girl is book one, told by Jen, who is Jack’s love interest. Book two, Reaper Madness, alternates between Jen and Jack’s POV’s. As of now, I have two other books planned to wrap up this series. After that, I may do separate books and or series starring other secondary characters from this series.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I’m currently alternating between the next book in this series, tentatively titled Daughter of Fate and Misfortune and another completely unrelated novel.
About the Book
SERIES: LIVING DEAD WORLD #0.5
BY: NESSIE STRANGE
GENRE: PARANORMAL/URBAN FANTASY
PUBLISHER: ETOPIA PRESS
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPT 25, 2015
The dead should stay dead…
Jack Norris has just lost his best friend—who also happened to be his band’s drummer—to a drunk driving accident. As he struggles to deal with the band’s uncertain future and his own personal demons, those issues soon become unimportant. His dead friend has come back. And he’s not showing any signs of going away. Questioning his own sanity, Jack finds his life spiraling out of control. But when a new acquaintance not only hooks him up with a drummer, but promises to help get rid of his ghostly stalker, Jack’s life does a one-eighty.
Drew MacLellan, the new drummer, is more than just a new set of sticks—he’s the brother of the insanely hot Jen MacLellan, who’s definitely not Jack’s biggest fan. Jen is nothing like the women Jack’s dated in the past, but the more he gets to know her, the deeper he falls. The only problem is she’s got a boyfriend. Caught between his growing attraction and the desire to do the right thing, Jack does everything he can to keep his distance. But the more he sees of her, the more he realizes he can’t. He’s determined to win Jen’s heart, if only he can figure out how to help his dead friend rest in peace…permanently.
Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. The first two novels in her Living Dead World series–Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness–were published in 2014
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