Friday, November 16, 2012

Author's Pie: Nerine Dorman

The thing I love about pie, besides the warm delicious crust, is the different flavours - savoury or sweet.  The warm steam seeps up into the air and gives away it's flavour. LOVE IT.  The same goes for authors - Author's Pie has showcased different authors from Fiction to Non-Fiction (Mainly Fiction).
This week we host Nerine Dorman, an editor, author, musician and reviewer.  This multi-published author has a repertoire of amazing genre fiction books published in various formats (print and eBook).  You can find Nerine on her blog and on twitter - don't forget to stop by and say HI!
So let's tuck into this pie!
1) You are a writer, editor, publisher, artist and digital enthusiast. How do you manage it all?
The truth? It's not easy. In fact, last year a bunch of events conspired to a mini meltdown because I was trying to take on too much, was stressed at my day job then ended up having a seizure followed by a stint in hospital with liver problems thanks to medication I had been on for the seizures. So, I've learnt to cut back and to ask myself what I want out of all of this. The answer: quality, not quantity. It also helps that both my husband and I are not all that big into socialising much. We prefer being at home and being involved in our creative endeavours. I'm now very selective about what work I'll say yes to.  
The days of me working for a pittance are long over, and in this industry there are a lot of people who try to get you to do work for free, or on the promise of making lots of money. I don't do that anymore. I simply cannot have people take advantage of me. I won't do work for next to nothing just for the supposed "honour" of having my name attached to a brand. And if I am going to do something for free, like running SA HorrorFest's Bloody Parchment event and short story competition, for instance, it's because I *want* to, and I'm damn proud of what I've helped create, and that it's a project with long-term benefits for myself and authors.  
Disclaimer: I don't have kids. I don't know whether anyone who has kids would be able to pull off this kind of lifestyle. Because I'm almost always glued to a computer. And if I'm not glued to the computer I'm either washing the dishes, cooking or playing my guitar. Occasionally I walk my dogs. That's on top of having a full-time day job of newspaper sub-editor and writer.
2) Do you have any favourites when it comes to your characters? 
This is a tricky question. I love them all, but some are more pushy than others. For instance my debut novel has a rather bitchy bisexual black magician named Jamie, who gets up to all the mischief I wouldn't dare catch in real life. Considering that he regularly crops up in cameo roles in my other novels, I'd say I'm quite fond of him, though he's a complete tart. He's morally ambiguous but readers can't help but cheer for him.
My latest favourite would be my Inkarna, Ash. He's somewhat awkward and well-meaning, but is a delightfully complex character as he tries (and often fails) to do the right thing. I love the fact that he might have the body of a 20-something metal head but he thinks and acts like the old woman he was in his past life. Some of my readers found  *that* concept very difficult to process, and if I've made them uncomfortable about some of the schmex scenes, then I consider it a job well done. 
3) You write amazing sci-fi/fantasy.  What inspires your stories?
Probably my thorough disenchantment with reality. And the fact that I keep asking "what if". If anything, it all started when I was a kid who preferred hanging out in the library reading books than playing with other kids. And stories like JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings; Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles; Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels; and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels all kindled a love of myth and magic that I felt was lacking from the real world. I could get lost in those worlds rather than the dreariness of my real world. And often I'd tell myself stories when I went to sleep at night, where I could do all sorts of amazing stuff. 

Much later I used to hang out with a bunch of fantasy role-playing enthusiasts, and eventually started writing my own campaigns, but got a bit miffed with the players who'd systematically overturn all my carefully crafted plans for them. So I started writing novels instead, where I was in control of what happened. The need to tell stories is very great. 
4) Why do you like to write sci-fi/fantasy?
Pure and utter escapism. I'll be upfront and say I'm not going to write the next great work of literary merit that's going to win awards, but I want to create a world where my readers can be filled with as much of a sense of wonder as I am. I want so share my characters and my love of strange landscapes and beings. I like sci-fi/fantasy because anything can happen. 
5) Which book would you run into a burning building for?
My netbook. I'm very precious over my little netbook. I've had her for three years and have written and edited countless novels on her. I'll be pensioning her off later this year and I'm so sad to do so because she's been so good to me. 
Nerine's Books
How far will you travel to lay your dead to rest?

Struggling to come to terms with her boyfriend Aidan’s death, Chloë is ill prepared to deal with the violent murder of his best friend. When tantalizing evidence suggests there is more to Aidan’s apparent death than meets the eye, Chloë will not let her lack of material resources keep her from uncovering the truth, even if the truth proves far more dangerous and with a far more sinister nature than she bargained for.

Some explicit sexual content and reference to violence.
(Writing as Therese von Willegen)
Retrenched and persuaded to participate in amateur night at a strip club all in one day, Marianne discovers she’s actually a damn fine stripper, and baring all brings in far easier money than dying by degrees as a temp in a cubicle farm.
But things between her and her ex-boyfriend, Carl, have gone horribly sour, and there’s no denying that her fascination with Brett Gentle, the owner of Imperial House Gentleman’s Club, will bring more complications than she has bargained for.
Even as she gains confidence in tantalising men with her sex appeal on stage and on laps, Marianne’s life starts spinning out of control, tainting the love she has dared to taste.
A Siren Erotic Romance
(Writing as Therese von Willegen)
Sometimes trouble comes in a very appealing package.
It's never nice when your boyfriend leaves you for someone else. It's even more of a slap in the face when he leaves you for a man. Emily Clark has put her wild years and the boyfriend she considered "safe" behind her, ensconcing herself in a Luddite lah-lah land centered on her second-hand bookstore.
But when her self-absorbed sister runs away from home to end up on her doorstep, Emily discovers the past has a funny way of creeping back into her life. And when an alternative musician uses her shop as a hideaway from a nosy reporter, Emily finds herself falling for the enigmatic man. By the time she realizes his celebrity status, it's too late--she's head over heels for Simon van Helsdingen, a
notorious shock-rocker. Not only must she deal with her sister's delinquent ways and their dysfunctional family, but Emily must navigate the stormy seas of being with a man whose reputation for trouble puts Ozzy Osbourne in the shadows.
Music brought them together, but can it set them free.

Betrayed by those closest to her, musical prodigy Tersia is heartbroken. She immerses herself in her music, turning her back on love. However, when she notices Severin at one of her performances, the serious, pale young man makes her want to risk her heart again.

Severinís future as a lackey to the vampire Lord Murray has him chafing at his bonds. That is, until he encounters Tersia, whose rare musical talent captivates him. But Severin is not the only one to notice her. Other, darker forces have taken a sinister interest in her potential.

Tersia and Severin can't deny the spark that has ignited between them, but can they overcome the shadows that threaten to smother their trust?

Khepera Rising

The wickedest man in Africa has problems, and they can't all be solved by magic.

Occult bookshop owner and black arts magician James Edward Guillaume reckons he has it all, and enjoys living up his reputation as South Africa's "wickedest man", a nice house, a business that's breaking even and the pick of all the pretty Goth girls and boys in Cape Town.

Little does he know, a group of violent Christo-militants are panting at his heels, ready to destroy his carefully constructed fantasy world. To add mischief to his misery, he's unwittingly unleashed a terrifying demonic entity, and he alone holds the key to The Burning One's secret. To bring order out of the chaos, all James has to do is conquer his personal demons, teach a rather nasty, self-righteous sod a lesson in humility and find out whether he can win back the trust of an old flame. Only, as James discovers, getting back on top is hell on earth.

Khepera Redeemed (Khepera series, #2)

Just when the wickedest man in Africa thought the nightmare was over... Still recovering from the trauma of his encounter with the Christo-militants who tried to kill him, Jamie only wants to get his life back on track. This is easier said than done when he's essentially blackmailed into helping solve a case involving alleged cult activity. To complicate matters further, the media gets involved and Jamie has to tread carefully. However, soon the hunter becomes the hunted and Jamie faces some difficult choices. Will his uneasy symbiosis with The Burning One save him or will he be tempted to grasp for more power than he can possible hold?

Ashton Kennedy wasn't a nice guy. He cheated on his girlfriend, knocked up a powerful drug lord's sister, and abused vast quantities of illegal narcotic substances. Whoever ran him over with a big shiny SUV was doing the world a favour. His very male, tattooed body is the last place Elizabeth Rae Perry--a member of an ancient Egyptian cult--expected to reincarnate in, instead of the three-year-old girl she'd been promised. Not only must she now come to terms with her new existence in the body of a disagreeable man, and clean up the mess he made of his life, she also has to unravel the mystery of why House Adamastor's chapter house is standing empty and find a way to protect a dangerous secret she had no idea she was supposed to keep. As if fate couldn't deal her another blow, she has also attracted the attention of a malicious and potentially dangerous ghost. And to top it all off, she must deal with the consequences of finding love in a most unexpected place.
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Dana said...

Greetings from a fellow Lyrical Press author, Nerine, and also to Kelly. Great interview, ladies.

Your thoughts on juggling mulitiple obligations really resonated with me. I'm also learning to embrace the power of 'no' and to be very selective with the extra tasks (especially unpaid!) I take on. Hopefully by sharing your experience, you'll inspire others follow their passions without sacrificing health and sanity.

Thanks for the post and best wishes,


Calisa Rhose said...

I feel you completely, Nerine. Trying to juggle writing, blogging, editing and family is very difficult at times. I'm glad you have found a way to make it work for you. Your books sound intriguing.

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