I’m kicking off my series of Indie Author interviews with newcomer D.H. Nevins, author of the post-apocalyptic novel WORMWOOD. I met D.H. a while back on Twitter, and I had the privilege of previewing the first few chapters of WORMWOOD, which are excellent. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book, and I couldn’t wait to get D.H. under the spotlight and peel open her writer’s brain.
Steven: Why do you write? Feel free to be as verbose as possible.
D.H.: I’m an incredible daydreamer; always have been. This naturally resulted in having obscene amounts of characters, scenes and situations floating around in my head. My whole life, I would just brush them aside and forget about them, never thinking they had any place or relevance. I certainly wasn’t a writer, I thought. Just a daydreamer. Ten years ago, I slowly began to change. I started teaching children, and we did exercises that encouraged creative thought. Then, I would have my students write, constantly egging them on to revise their work and expand upon their thoughts. However, it took me a long time to connect the dots on a personal level. One day, after a long writing session with my students, I came home, sat down and wrote out a few ideas about the end of the world. Before I knew it, I had written pages, the roots of Wormwood had firmly taken hold, and it was becoming real to me. I couldn’t have turned back at that point, even if I wanted to. These days, writing is an outlet for my constant imaginings. I can indulge myself with my daydreams, and channel them into a purpose.
Steven: Your debut novel is titled WORMWOOD — why? What’s the story behind your title, or did you go with it just because it sounds cool? (Which, so far as I’m concerned, is an awesome reason.)
D.H.: Thanks, I think it’s cool too! Ha, ha! I wanted a single word that would tell potential readers that this story is about the end of the world, while also indicating that there’s some biblical mythology in there (‘Revelations’ warns that a star called Wormwood will fall from the heavens, both contributing to and heralding the end of the world). But for the record, I feel I have to state that this book isn’t the least bit religious. Like the way The Di Vinci Code approaches religion, I also used religious mythology simply as a base for an exciting story line. I take much creative license with it, and so may offend the odd reader.
Steven: What’s the easiest part of writing a novel for you? Make us jealous with how easy this is.
D.H.: There’s an easy part? Ha! Okay, well, I spend months planning out a book before I start writing. But then, by the time I begin, I am so clear about the story and where I want to go, I can’t keep myself away from the keyboard. Everything plays through my head like a movie and I long to get those scenes into written form. Motivation is, without a doubt, the easiest part of the entire process.
Steven: What part pushes the edge of homicidal mania? Really paint a picture of your angst.
D.H.: Clunky, awkward wording. I can’t stand it. Everything must flow, so that the reader can inhale the story effortlessly. The problem is, it doesn’t come easily to me. It takes a lot of time and effort to ensure that everything I write builds perfectly from one word to the next. I then must continue the flow through every sentence, paragraph and chapter. I’m obsessed with it, and can easily rewrite a single chapter ten or twelve times just for the sake of maintaining flow.
Steven: What are your favorite musician and song, and why?
D.H.: Whoa, that’s a difficult question for me. I have many favorites that fit different moods and needs! Right now, I’m really into the band Muse. This band refuses to pigeonhole themselves into a particular sound or musical genre, instead writing and performing songs that range from a jazzy, lounge sound (Feelin’ Good) to metal (The Groove) to pop (Starlight). On top of that, Matt Bellamy has an outstanding voice, and I’m a sucker for quality voices (and unique ones too). Today my favorite song is Sail by Awolnation.
Steven: What’s your favorite movie? Why?
D.H.: Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie by far. I love the pacing and excitement that drive this movie, and the character, Indiana, is the perfect hero. Also, like Wormwood, Raiders of the Lost Ark is based on religious mythology. This adds another layer to the story, and it makes their quarry that much more mysterious, dangerous and believable. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in my opinion, the quintessential adventure movie.
Steven: Favorite book? Is this book by your favorite author?
D.H.: My favorite book is Shogun by James Clavell, while my two favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon and Anne Rice.
Steven: Who or what do you turn to for inspiration when the going gets tough? (This is meant to be a writing question, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.)
D.H.: Music, for any situation!
Steven: They say write what you know…so what do you know that helped you write WORMWOOD?
D.H.: The main character, Kali, is an avid outdoors person, and I have always loved to hike and camp. I also kick box to keep fit, just like Kali. I based much of this character on myself.
Steven: What’s up next for you, writing wise?
D.H.: Hopefully people enjoy Wormwood, because there’s lots more coming! I’m working out the plots for the next two books right now. The third book will finish the series, and will wrap things up with Kali. Additionally, Wormwood originally had a prologue that told of Tiamat’s unusual birth (Tiamat is a half-angel in Wormwood). I loved the scene, but pulled it from the book because I wanted to use it for a prequel instead. So once I’m done the three books for the Wormwood series, I’ll write the prequel about Tiamat’s very strange childhood. I’m planning to call it Monster.
Wormwood by D. H. Nevins is a post-apocalyptic thriller you’ll never forget. Against a devastated landscape, a legion of one hundred fierce half-angels is hell bent on purging the Earth of all humans. But one of them, the tormented Tiamat Wormwood, struggles against his mission, and when he rescues a beautiful woman named Kali, he finds the attraction as troubling as it is miraculous. Can Kali trust the one creature who could be responsible for her ultimate demise? Beautifully written and excitingly told, Wormwood creates a world that is as strange as it is compelling. Filled with brilliantly executed twists and turns on every page that are guaranteed to keep you guessing, Wormwood is one of the most exciting debuts of the year.
Wormwood can be purchased at…
Amazon.com (paperback version): http://www.amazon.com/Wormwood-D-H-Nevins/dp/098776120X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316797748&sr=1-1
CreateSpace (paperback version, ships worldwide): https://www.createspace.com/3654735
Smashwords (all ebook formats): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91587
Starting in early November, readers will be able to order Wormwood from virtually any bookstore worldwide.
D. H. Nevins earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. As a teacher, she had spent years encouraging students to write before she decided to follow her own advice. Two years later, she published “Wormwood.” She lives in a rural part of Ontario full of forests and lakes, and incorporates her personal experiences and beautiful scenery into her works.
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