Pleased to share an interview with author Neesha Hosein who’s book I of the Storm I won recently. It’s a nice short read at just under 100 pages and can be yours for only $.99 from amazon right now. Click the image to be taken to the buy page.
Please tell me about yourself –
Hi, Jessica and greetings to all your blog members! Thanks for having me.
By day, I am a writer/editor, journalist for NASA, and outside of that, I’m a freelance writer and editor. My favorite part of that is book editing. It’s a superb feeling to help fellow authors beautify their words. I’m also a mom of 2 teen sons and newly re-wed. My youngest has autism, and that is a huge piece of my every-day life. I’m also a chocolate addict that does NOT want to be rehabilitated, and my kryptonite is cupcakes. I LOVE arts & crafts and all kinds of movies and music. I saw “The Hobbit” 3 times in theaters!
What is something about you that no one knows? –
By answering this question, that’s about to change, ha!
OK, here goes … I’ve been hesitant to admit that I am secretly coveting a zebra-print Snuggie (even though I viciously make fun of it every time I see the commercials). I figure the exuberance of it would help me stay awake while I write.
What is your work space and routine like? –
My work space is complete anywhere as long as I have my laptop, a bottle of water, and a couple books I like for a spot of inspiration. At a minimum, I write every week day morning for an hour and every evening for at least 30 minutes.
Favorite books and authors –
Currently, I’d say J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote the mind-blowing “Lord of the Rings” books and“The Hobbit.” Khaled Hoseinni, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” is another of my top picks. I’m waiting anxiously for the release of his latest novel “And the Mountains Echoed,” due out in May!
What are you reading now? –
“The Journey” by John Heldt, an indie author whose writing style really wins me over.
Your favorite genres to read? Favorites to write? –
I mostly like thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, comedy, drama (depending on the synopsis), YA (if it’s got a paranormal or fantasy vibe), and some horror if it won’t keep me from sleeping for a week. I don’t like romance UNLESS it’s got a twist like paranormal or erotica. Somebody has to get their butt kicked!
When I write, I tend to lean toward psychological thrillers and always end up sprinkling the story with some type of paranormal essence, like in my novella “I of the Storm.”
Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would like to try out? –
Oh, yea! That would be sci-fi. I have a ton of ideas, but haven’t quite turned them into written words just yet. I was inspired after I read “Pastwatch” by Orson Scott Card. That’s an example of where my mind tends to go. And I really like “War of the Worlds” type stuff.
Please tell me about I of the Storm? –
This book took me six years to write. Kira, the main character, has always been prone to mishaps. She’s struck by lightning as a kid, which opens a door in her psyche, connecting her to the other side. She doesn’t realize this until adulthood when she is married to Mr. Wrong and pregnant with his child. The baby becomes her ultimate conductor between two worlds, guiding her to uncover some very shocking secrets her abusive husband has been hiding. She begins to have visions that pave the way to her life-changing experiences, including one that nearly gets her killed.
What do you have planned next for readers?
I’m writing Storm 2 (still untitled and in progress), and I’m also working on a non-fiction book about my experiences with autism and my son. I’ll be continuing my work as a book editor and freelance writer. I invite everyone to join me at my blog www.Novellarella.blogspot.com
, on facebook at www.facebook.com/thesweettalker101
, and on Twitter – @Neesha101.
Being struck by lightning as a child sets Kira on a path to realization. Her
life becomes a riveting series of events, and her guiding light is the
supernatural. Her adventurous visions lead her through some spine-tingling
discoveries about her husband, the man whose rigorous rules she obediently
follows in a life filled with both tribulation and triumph.