Nadine Brandes is my guest this week, and she’s sharing four facts and a fib about her life. She’s the author of A Time to Die, a fascinating dystopian story. A Time to Speak is the sequel that’s coming soon, and you can get a peek at the cover for that novel below.
I used to be a professional drummer.
I come from a musical family and, when my sister and I came home from school one day, there was a bass and a drum set in the living room. Dad said, “Pick one. We need a worship band at church. You’re playing on Sunday.” My sis picked the bass before I had a chance, so timid ol’ me got stuck with the loudest instrument in the world. We toured for a few years with artist Dennis Agajanian.
I hate McDonald’s.
With a passion. The last several times I’ve eaten there (about twice in the past 10 years) I’ve gotten sick. I can’t even bring myself to think about what’s inside their food. However, I don’t begrudge anyone who likes it.
I’ve never played Monopoly.
I’m married to a gamer (where I have books, he has board games. Seriously.) so this is a pretty huge statement. And, in all honestly, I don’t ever plan to play it! It seems so long, technical and….*gasp*…boring! But, since I haven’t played, I can’t really know that for sure.
I once had to duct tape an airplane window that cracked while we were flying.
My dad’s a pilot. We were in a small plan at around 20,000 feet and the window cracked like a gun shot. As a teenager, I was obsessed with duct tape and just happened to have some in my backpack. Voila! Saved our lives. (Only we weren’t in that much danger. LOL. Just descended and wore some oxygen masks until we reached our destination.)
I ran into J. K. Rowling at a coffee shop in Scotland.
I spent four months in England after college and, when visiting Edinburgh my friends and I went into a coffee shop and…guess who was there? J. K. Rowling! We didn’t get her autograph, but I did get to shake her hand and tell her how much she inspired my writing!
Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.
But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.
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