It has been some time since I have shared an interview (a few months I think).
Well, I am happy to say that is changing today!
Grab a blanket and a few pillows for my fun chat with Nadine about writing, book covers, and music from her novel, Yella‘s Prayers.
Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”
With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.
– Hi Nadine! I am SO excited to have you on the blog! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hopeful, Bright, Bookworm!
– Love that! I saw in your bio that you have a spoken word album with a few pieces of your poetry. Do you still write poetry in between writing books?
Oh, I retired from actively writing poetry and spoken word to dedicate my focus to my fiction writing. Fiction is my first love! But I’ll admit that sometimes poetry slips into my prose. I have an appreciation for language: the more beautiful, the better. I don’t have the mastery of language that some writers I deeply admire have, but I’m aiming to improve.
– I have to admit, fiction is most likely my first love, too. I saw on your website that you also have a few pre-made covers available to authors. Have or did you design your book covers?
Yes, I design my book covers these days. Tinkering around with a little graphic design has been my consolation for never being phenomenal with drawing pencils or a paintbrush, as I once wanted to be. I’ll likely never crack into the high levels of design (too busy reading and writing), but it’s nice to have some basic skills to work with, for graphics I design for my blog and stuff.
– I think you do a very good job! Yella’s Prayers tackles some issues that teens and college students experience today. Was it hard for you to write about some of these challenges as some of your characters went through it?
Nah, it wasn’t hard. It was a release! I actually wrote the first complete draft of Yella’s Prayers quite a few years ago, straight out of high school. Since it was the first full book manuscript I’d ever finished, it was like seventeen years of life bursting out all at once.
– I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I am curious about who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
*Psst.* I’ll let you in on a little secret. The three main characters, Bless, T’meal, and Lamall–they’re all me. Different aspects of myself and my experiences around that time of my life, with some fictional ingredients mixed in for flavor. And, of course, for other story purposes–since I found it more interesting to make two of those main characters male, even though I’m a girl. Soooo, I guess I could say those three are my collective favorite. If the four of us were to hang out, I’m sure we’d sit, eat, and TALK, and it’d be quite like having a conversation with my seventeen-to-nineteen-year-old self.
– I would have never guessed! Lastly, do you play a musical instrument or sing like Bless?
Ah! Well. I’ve sung in a choir and on vocal teams in the past, and I’ve written some songs. A musical theme or score accompanies the stories I write, even if the music is only in my head. I’d say I have a fondness and a respectable talent for music, but I don’t have a gift for it. Not like Bless. Yes, I know the actual tunes to some of the music she writes, some that appears in the novel and some that doesn’t, but I can’t sing it as well as Bless can. She’d likely be modest about it, but that girl could sing circles around me, if it came down to it. I’m a lot better at saying words than singing them. (Heeheehee, hence, my spoken word album.) And, no, no musical instruments for me. I’ve played around on keyboards while putting songs together, and I’ve learned to read some music at different times, but it doesn’t stick. Sheet music requires math, and words make a whole lot more sense to me than numbers do.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Laura!
– Does playing the recorder count? That is the only musical instrument I use to know how to play. I appreciate you stopping by today and sharing about Yella’s Prayers, Nadine.
Connect with Nadine
About Yella’s Prayers
She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. “God? Was that You?”
A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.
But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.
A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.