Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway~ Sarah Noffke

This week's author feature is on Sarah Noffke, the author of The Lucidites series! Awoken sounds so good. Really good. I've always been interested in dreams as a focus within books. 

Enjoy the interview! I hope you like the looks of Awoken! (There's a giveaway for a Kindle copy at the bottom.☺)

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
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Sarah Noffke is the author of The Lucidites Series. She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.

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Hi Sarah!

What made you decide to start writing Awoken?

I was afraid I was going to die. That's the honest answer to the question. Yes, I wanted to write a book about dreams holding a super power, but that's not why I started. My brother died mysterious in his sleep the year before I wrote The Lucidites. He was 35. Wayne Dyer says, "Don't die with your music still in you." I literally would wake up at night worried that I might die before I had a chance let my music out of me. That's when I decided that no matter what I was going to write this series, and so it began.

What subjects/themes does your series focus on?

The series is all about dreams, paranormal abilities, time travel, family hurts and struggles, and love.

What is Roya's personality like?

Roya, my main character, is a small, unassuming sixteen- year old girl and kind of a pain in the butt. She's tough. Sarcastic. A little pessimistic. Afraid to love. Afraid she's unlovable. Afraid to die. Roya, has a lot of growing to do. She isn't perfect, which I think makes her human. Having heroines who are tall, well-adjusted and flawless just isn't realistic to me.

Tell me about some of the other characters in The Lucidites series.

One of the characters who becomes very important is the Head Scientist for the Lucidites. His name is Aiden, and he's a cute, music loving scientist. He's portrayed as a super smart guy and has his PhD by age 18. And to top it off he's got great hair, wears dark-rimmed glasses and has a laugh to inspire.

Another of my favorite characters is Ren. He's a middle-aged, snarky red-headed Brit who's simultaneously the most helpful and most irritating person Roya works with. He takes great pleasure in berating everyone and uses every opportunity to deliver funny, yet abusive monologues. He has the best lines in the book by far.

What motivates you to keep writing?

Three things: The work itself, readers, and my family. I started writing because I was compelled to. It's the best thing I've ever done professionally. Before when I worked in an office building doing "business-type" things, I used to leave as soon as 5 o'clock rolled around. I couldn't wait to be done. Now, I can't wait to start working. I don't want to quit at the end of the day. And it's something I would do for free...and have.

Readers are a relatively new motivation for me as a new author. But now I'm completely hooked by them. When I shared my books for the first time and people actually liked them I got the biggest high. Then the next best thing happened: people had questions, ideas, and inspiration all connected to my books and characters. Receiving my first fan art was an extremely memorable day! Readers make it even more fun because I know when the books are finished for me, they will just be beginning for others. It's a great motivator to finish.

And finally, I write for my family. Whenever I write, in the back of my head, I'm nervously curious what one person will think: my husband. He's my first reader. My biggest supporter. I write most of my stories for him. I guess after all these years I still want him to think I'm cool. And I also write for my daughter. She's the muse who started this series. She's Roya in some ways. And more than anything I want to show my daughter that if you want your dreams to come true then you make them. There's no magic. No genie. You sit down and do what it takes. 

Do you have any 2015 goals/resolutions?

I started a new series. It's about another society of Dream Travelers. Way more dystopian. I guess I like oppressing characters. Lol. Anyway, my goal is to finish that series, have it edited, and on the shelves for readers by the end of the year.

Oh and I also want to sell over 10,000 books in The Lucidites it should be a pretty busy year. :)

Thank you for answering my questions!

Thank you! And thank you for all you do for the author and reader community!

Sarah is giving away a Kindle copy of Awoken! This giveaway ends at midnight PST on January 30th. Remember to read my giveaway policy before entering.

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