Monday, April 16, 2012

Debut Author Spotlight: Bonnie Rae & Nether Bound

N is also for Nether Bound, the debut novel by YA author Bonnie Rae. Today, she joins us to talk about her new paranormal adventure romance for teens and adults alike.

Bonnie, thank you for being a guest with SWBD! As a debut author, what would you like readers to know about you as an intro? Maybe give us a little background behind the writer?

I started writing at a really young age. I remember creating little books out of string and construction paper as a kid. Back then they were mostly stories about my dolls and my little ponies. As I got older the fascination for books and writing only grew larger. I penned my first full fledge novel at the age of sixteen. Hand written on college ruled notebook paper, front and back. I can’t say it was any good, but I loved doing it and never stopped. 

Tell us a bit about Nether Bound. What was your main inspiration?

Seventeen year old Ava Walker had everything a girl could ask for, she was captain of the cheer squad, had tons of friends, and could easily have any guy she wanted. Being popular was easy.

Lying about her entire life wasn't.

Ava has a few problems. Her step-father is an abusive alcoholic, her ex best friend isn’t who she thought he was, and oh yeah, she can see the dead.

With one wish Ava thinks she can make it all disappear. But when that wish actually comes true she realizes what that old saying meant:

Be careful what you wish for.

I was actually at a writing conference when the idea for Nether Bound hit me. I’ll never forget it because a really good agent was talking, but all of a sudden I was swept up in a scene and had to start writing it down. Needless to say, I never really heard what that agent was talking about.  That scene is actually the “park” scene in chapter four and it’s my favorite scene in the whole book.

We always hear how writers grow through the creation of every story. Now that you're finished, what would you say you learned through the course of this novel?

In the end, this is your story. No matter what a beta reader or crit partner argues with you about. It is your story; never give in to the demands of others if it changes the entire vision.

Would you call yourself a "Pantser" or a "Plotter?"

Both, but I am more of a plotter. I usually outline the book and chapters for two weeks before I start the first draft so I have a good idea of when everything needs to happen. The pantser part kicks in when a character starts to take matters into their own hands and demand I change things up a bit. And sometimes I have very demanding characters!

What is your writing process? Do you keep notebooks? Use a storyboard?

I use notecards like my life depended on it. And those lovely notecards get pinned to my cork board, which is essentially my storyboard. I usually have all the chapters lined up in chronological order with little sticky notes tucked in here and there. I also do character sheets for each main character and pin those up next to the board. For my last two books I have done character/story collages and hang them up above the pin board. It looks like this:

Where do you get your ideas?

Where don’t I get ideas? Oh man, they come to me 24/7 and from all sorts of things. Music is a big one, though. I will often hear a song and a scene will just materialize in my head.

What advice would you give to young writers out there?

Never give up. I know this gets said a lot, but I can’t stress enough how true it is. All kinds of forces will try and stop you, but just keep going. And in the end, remember it’s your story. 

If you had to name one person who inspired your craft the most, who would it be?

I can’t pick just one, because it would have to be both of my grandparents. No matter what they always told me to be strong and never give up.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.  You, and all the other bloggers, book reviewers, and the entire writing community are such a great inspiration and source of motivation.
Thank you, Bonnie! We're super excited about the release of Nether Bound, and wish you much luck and many blessings for your future writing endeavors.  YOU, dear reader, can get connected with Bonnie on Facebook & Twitter. Follow her blog at Bonnie Rae, Just Words. Keep updated with the newest news and releases at

GIVEAWAY: ONE lucky commenter will receive an e-copy of Nether Bound, so make sure to include your email address with your comment! This contest closes this Friday, April 20, 2012 @ midnight CST.


Retro-Zombie said...

that is a great looking book and the q and a was helpful with dabbles of big entertainment.

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
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Lynn Proctor said...

looks like a wonderful read

Andrew Leon said...

I already picked it up; I just don't know when I'll get to it.

Buffy Armstrong said...

I get a lot of my ideas from music as well. It's great for setting the tone and emotion in a story.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I can't wait to read it.

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