Nadia Lee is the author of the up-coming release, The Last Slayer, which will be available on December 26. She stopped by the virtual offices to chat up her new book, and so we could get to know her better.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Nadia Lee] Adventurous bilingual writer who loves to eat, read, travel and enjoy life.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, The Last Slayer?
[Nadia Lee] It’s a full-length urban fantasy with romance elements, and a smart-mouthed heroine who has a horrible twenty-seventh birthday because she killed a very very bad dragon. Never mind that the dragon was trying to eat her. The demigods who decide to be mad about the incident don’t care about such inconvenient details.
Here’s the official blurb:
Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod’s pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them. Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can’t predict is how she’ll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along…
Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy…
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Nadia Lee] When I was a kid, I read a lot of Asian comic book series (not manga), and one of them had the following lines that really stuck with me.
"I never wanted you to know what blood smells like."
"Every time I see you, you’re bleeding."
The entire story was initially envisioned from antagonist Nathanael’s point of view because the first quote was something that he might have said to the love of his life. However, when I sat down to write the story, I decided to tell it from Ashera’s point of view, since Nathanael could never have a happy ending. (He’s more of a tragic hero figure than a romantic lead.)
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Nadia Lee] Deepening the relationship Ashera (the heroine) has with her family and everyone else was very difficult. When I initially drafted the story, it was full of action. The setup of the story doesn’t lend itself to introspection or slow-pacing; most people don’t think much about the state of their familial relationships and so on when they’re running for their lives. So I had to weave everything in along with action to ensure that things didn’t feel slow, and that the story maintained its sense of urgency while still doing justice to the characters themselves.
[Manga Maniac Café] Which of your characters are you most like?
[Nadia Lee] This is sooo tough! I think every character has a little bit of myself. But I also think that my characters are way cooler than I am. I’m never going to be as glamorous as Valerie (Ashera’s sister), or as athletic and martial-artsy as Ashera.
[Manga Maniac Café] Which of the books that you’ve written so far is your favorite?
The one that I’m working on usually is, which right at the moment happens to be the sequel to The Last Slayer.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
Definitely fairy tales. I grew up reading eastern and western fairy tales.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Nadia Lee] Coffee (or green tea), some carbs and a little bit of peace and quiet.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Nadia Lee] To be honest, I have no idea. I’ve always read a lot, and no one book had that much influence on me. But I’ll say that one book that I read in two languages is Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. I adored that book, way back when, and I still love it.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Nadia Lee] I used to love looking at travel blogs and sites, looking for new places to visit. Since I have a newborn baby now, I’ve stopped torturing myself by going to such sites. When I have free time I read or play with my baby or watch TV. I’m totally addicted to Dexter and Game of Thrones.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!
You can learn more about Nadia by visiting her at the following websites:
Official Website: http://www.nadialee.net/
Official Newsletter: http://www.nadialee.net/newsletter/
Google Plus: http://plus.google.com/100627744943313803860/
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