I’m delighted to welcome Nulli Para Ora to my blog today :). We have an interview, with blurb and a hot, tension filled excerpt from Nulli’s latest book, Waves of Change, World Above Water Book 1. There’s even a link to the book trailer :).
How did you get started with your writing?
I wish I had a good story for this, but to be honest, my initial writing experience was very technical. A friend shared a link with me to an online site where stories were posted. I got sucked into a series, and decided on a whim to try my hand at writing my own story. That was two years ago. I’ve been writing ever since.
What was the best piece of writing advice you received?
I’ve actually gotten so much good advice, it’s hard to nail down which was the best. I think for me, there are two things that stand out, no head hopping and reducing my overuse of the words that & and. When the editors who taught me those lessons read this, I’m sure they’ll smile.
What do you think makes good erotic romance?
Tension, conflict, and intense emotions make for good erotic romance. These elements really pull you in and make you want to see the characters through their journey in and out of the bedroom.
Where do you get all your ideas and your characters from?
My imagination is on steroids. I can’t shut it off, and I don’t know that I want to. I am inspired by something as simple as a pendant, to something as complex as building blueprints, or circuit boards. I can see stories in everything.
Following on from that, where did you get the idea for World Above Water - Waves of Change from?
I thought about the mermaid/merman myth and how common it is. I wanted to approach it in a different way, and the World Above Water series was born. I started writing the story and didn’t stop for eighteen hours. No outline, no plot mapping, just pure stream of consciousness writing.
Who would play Alicia and Daniel in the film of the book?
Josh Duhamel or Chris Pine would make a good Daniel. I think Sanaa Lathan would make a good Alicia.
You write so many different worlds and multiple genres. Do you ever find it difficult to go from one world to another?
Not at all. I’ve written at least 2 – 3 books into most of my series, so I see the characters and their worlds as distinct entities. It’s easy for me to slip in and out of worlds. I liken it to traveling to different countries.
Do you have a writing routine? Do you need absolute quiet to write or background music/noise?
The only thing I have to have when I write is my laptop. I never use a desktop computer for writing. I like to recline and relax as I work. Background noises don’t bother me. Sometimes I’ll play music, sometimes I’ll write in silence. Take away my laptop and I’m dead in the water.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you get over it?
Thankfully, I’ve never had writer’s block. What I have had, are instances where I question which direction to take a story I’m working on. I usually take a few days to mull it over before choosing a path. I don’t put pressure on myself during that time. I just kick ideas around until I find the one that fits with the story and characters.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a plotser! I use to be 100% panster, but I find it helpful to have a short outline for my stories. The outline isn’t very detailed, but it does tell me something about the direction of the story, the characters, and their personalities. I also write down their characteristics, and I keep a working dictionary for the languages I create.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
I’m a new writer myself, so I’m constantly learning. One of the best things new writers can do is to read books in the genre they write in and dissect them. Look at what the author does well and what they don’t do well. How did they pull you into the story? Did you care about the characters? What techniques did the author use to make the characters seem real? How did they use language to make their scenes vivid?
I like to add features to my blog to provide guidance on craft issues as well. Enemy of the Writing State is where I address particular writing topics and give explanations and examples to help writers understand and apply concepts to their work. These posts aren’t too long, but they present a lot of information.
Out of all your books, which one is your favourite hero/heroine and why?
That’s a trick question! My favorite hero/heroine is the one I’m working on at the moment. When I move on to a new story, that hero/heroine becomes my favorite. I love them all during their evolution, and each for different reasons.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I love creating worlds that readers get sucked into. Whenever I get feedback from people who’ve read the book, I’m always amazed at how they connected with certain characters and situations. I’m also super flattered when they want to claim the characters in my book as their own.
And the last question – what’s next for you :)?
I’ve recently signed a contract for book one in a brand new series. The series title is Realms of Possibilities. Book one is called Rhuul’s Flame. I’m almost done with my current work in progress, and I’ll be starting another new story while I revise the sequels to World Above Water and Dragon Moon. I’m part of a short story anthology releasing next month, and it’s all about shifters (bear shifters for my piece). I have about 10 stories in the wings that need revisions, so I’ll be busy cranking out as many tales as I can.
Thanks so much for answering my questions, Nulli. Below, we’ve got blurb, a link to the book trailer and an excerpt from World Above Water - Waves of Change :).
Water gives life, but under the control of a secret race of people, the most abundant element on earth can be a powerful weapon. The Leuk Ahnal have a unique connection to water-they can manipulate it, use it for communication, or even use it to take over another person’s body.
The five kingdoms of the Leuk Ahnal have remained hidden from mankind for millennia. A secret war has been raging between two of these kingdoms, the Ver-Rist Tokos and the Pa lel. The Ver-Rist Tokos king has his eyes set on taking over all the Leuk Ahnal, but the Pa lel stand in his way.
Hot on the trail of his enemy, a Pa lel enforcer discovers the love of his life. But there’s a problem. The Ver-Rist Tokos have an unexplained interest in her.
Water is power when two kingdoms fight for control. Is one man’s love enough to protect his woman from the threat beneath the surface?
Here’s a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWzq8CrJy1s
The date with Daniel was going better than Alicia had expected, and when she took his arm as they prepared to leave the restaurant, she thought over their exchanges. He actually showed genuine interest in what I do, and he didn’t make me feel like some kind of freak when I told him about my education. The lightness she felt was soon tempered when she recalled the conversation about her childhood, and she glanced at the side of his face as they moved through the tables to see if he noticed her change in mood. I can’t believe I told him that story. Why am I so comfortable around him? When he held my hand, it was almost as if… Why did I feel better? It was like he took the panic away, but… What am I even thinking about?
The coolness of the night air shocked her out of her inner thoughts, and she took a deep breath as they moved onto the paved path near the water. The three-quarter moon’s light reflected off the lake’s still, black surface. The sound of leaves as they swished and swayed in the wind filtered down, creating a background din that made her feel as if the trees cheered for them as they walked by.
The light wind blowing in her face was like a cool caress, and she closed her eyes for a brief moment and tried to turn off her thoughts. “It’s beautiful out here tonight.”
“Mm-hmm.” Daniel nodded in agreement before he pulled her hand from the crook of his elbow. They both stood still while he took off his blazer, and when he held it up, she smiled and allowed him to drape it over her shoulders.
“No problem. The breeze is a little chilly tonight.”
The scent of his cologne danced around her nostrils, and she found herself fighting the urge to pull the collar to her nose and sniff. It was a clean fragrance with a soapy undertone she liked a lot. When she returned her hand to the bend of his elbow, he pulled his arm closer to his body, and the backs of her fingers rubbed against his side. She could feel the muscles beneath the skin, firm and toned, but not massive. He works out.
There was an unexpected comfort she felt in his presence, and as she realized it, panic began to surface. You don’t know him. You never do things like this. Just go home and go back to your reality. You don’t have time for anything else in your life right now, and you know it. No one is going to put up with your schedule, and it’s not fair to you or him to even pretend this could work out. No matter what you are feeling, let it go and focus on what’s important. Despite the logical rationalizations and demands of her inner voice, she still felt something she couldn’t deny, a feeling she couldn’t explain, a pull well beyond mere attraction. Can I really make room for something like this in my life? Disappointment filled her as she gave in to her analytical nature; she took in a long breath through her nose and blew it out with a bit of force before she squeezed his arm. The light pressure stopped him in his tracks, and he turned to face her. “Daniel, I think…”
“You’re probably tired; let me walk you to your car.” The smile on his face rivaled the moon in its brightness, and as she watched him, she found it harder and harder to say what she was thinking. I’m thinking, not feeling. I always think through things. Why does he make it so hard to think?
A stronger gust of wind blew, and she shielded the side of her face with her hand to keep stray strands of hair out of her eyes. The warmth of his hand over hers as he smoothed her hair back behind her ear was unexpected. When he pulled his hand back, his fingers brushed over her cheek, and she felt her muscles stiffen. She felt a sensation similar to millions of tiny bubbles bursting inside her, and even all over her skin. It was like nothing she’d felt before, but before she could attempt to process it, the feeling morphed into a firing of nerves that stimulated her entire being, and she felt her body heat up. This isn’t how things go in my life. This isn’t normal.
Instinct moved her closer to him, and as she stared into his green eyes, she watched his pupils dilate wider than what was normal for the lighting conditions. She didn’t speak as she took his hand, but she was aware the warmth inside her continued to grow, and as it increased, she began to feel a pulsing sensation deep within. It was then she placed a mental muzzle on her voice of doubt and shoved it down an imaginary flight of stairs. To hell with what you think is normal. I’m done thinking.
I’m a romance author who writes in multiple genres. A lover of languages, anime, martial arts, video games, nature, and music, I am inspired by everything from the profound to the mundane.
Whether it’s crafting a new realm, an alien planet, a new species, or an alternate reality, you can always count on twists and turns in my tales. Love can be irrational, undeniable, blissful, erotic, and sometimes frustrating, but it’s also universal, binding hearts across cultures and time. Step into one of my worlds and stay awhile.
Here’s my website address: www.nulliparaora.com