Today we are thrilled to welcome the amazing Nadine Brandes to the blog!

You may now applaud.


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Let’s start with some fun stuff. Nadine, how many books do you own?

[spends 30-minutes counting books] I have just under 500 books, (Woah…I had no idea!) but I’m currently in the process of downsizing (reader’s nightmare!) so I already have a box of 90+ books I’m getting rid of. O_0

90 plus books huh? *readers everywhere start descending like hawks* *or maybe the seagulls from Finding Nemo

What is your favorite TV show? 

My favorite TV show is BBC’s Merlin (speaketh not about the ending.) He’s probably the most delightful, kind, honest, and goofy character I’ve ever had the pleasure of pretending is real.tumblr_lvfu88bbmo1qb7u29

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I highly approve of this choice! 

How many books have you read so far this year? 

Thirty-seven! My goal is 40 (last year’s goal was 35 and I didn’t even make it.) So I’m quite pleased with myself. 😛 I’ve determined to read more because that’s the best way to grow as a writer.

You go Nadine! 

Turning to some more serious questions now, how many books did you write before being published? 

I wrote one shelved novel. Basically, if you stuffed all the fantasy clichés you could think of into a blunderbuss, then shot the contents onto a canvas…that was my story. When I started writing A Time to Die, it didn’t feel like my words. I’d been working on my first novel (the title was “The Quest of the Seven Hundred” if you MUST know) for so long, I hadn’t written anything NEW in about 6 years. O_o A Time to Die was very freeing and showed me a “voice” that had developed inside me that I never recognized before.

What is your goal in and for your writing?

My goal is to change the world. Seriously. I want to show people that there is purpose to every type of life (even when we feel trapped, or abandoned, or in a dark place.) I want to show everyone that God’s WORTH it, both through my writing and through my living. I hope to encourage believers to pursue God with more effort and devotion, and to encourage those who don’t know Him yet to explore His character and discover that HE IS WORTH IT. *gets way too passionate while typing…bruises fingers*

*enjoys your passion* 

Is there a step in the writing process that you dread/loathe/wish you could throw over the side of a cliff with a mill stone tied around its neck?

How about the part where I hate my story? Yeah. That part. It’s inevitable. I KNOW it’s inevitable. It’s happened with everything I’ve ever written and yet, even while I KNOW it’s coming, I still go weep in a dark corner and lose all hope in my writing skills until that moment leaves. Solution: stock up on chocolate, bible verses, and pep talks from friends. 😉

Great advice!

I hope all of you have enjoyed this talk with Nadine as much as I have! Now it’s your turn – what is YOUR favorite TV show? 

nadineAbout Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.