Tuesday, April 5, 2011

with Nicole O'Dell

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Nicole!
People talk about life before children— what was your life before writing?

Complete. Incomplete. Thankfully, my identity is who I am in Jesus Christ—not who I am as an author, mom, wife, etc. And my first love is my family. So, with or without writing, I’m me. But I say incomplete because it had that sense—you know when you work a job, but it’s not a passion? You put in your time and take home your paycheck—that’s what it was like.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time. Everyone who knows me knew I’d say that. Lol It’s really difficult to carve out the necessary hours. I overcome it by being unrealistic and disorganized. I’m serious about that. If I were realistic, I’d panic. And if I were organized, I’d have too difficult a time adapting to the ever-changing demands of my large family. So, I guess it works. :)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I’ll pick Lilly from Essence of Lilly for this one. She’s very deep and just wants to be loved. Her thoughts were very interesting to me—especially the way she saw her mom’s pregnancy.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Hmm. I’m going to go with a Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen. Why?
1. I’m a combo of salty and sweet.
2. I’m definitely multi-layered.
3. I want one.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d sketch it and jot down how I felt. If they were around, I’d ask my kids for a few descriptive words for what they felt when they saw him.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
It’s all about choices, baybee! Really—that’s my tagline, my focus, my drive. I want to help teens make wise decisions and help their parents empower them in the process.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
His grace is sufficient to meet all of my needs. I haven’t even scratched the surface of the fullness of His grace because it changes as my needs change.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Diamond Estates is a new series I’m doing with Barbour. The first book, The Wishing Pearl, releases on 10/1.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield can’t wait to escape the confines of her home, which promises nothing but perpetual torment and abuse from her stepfather. When poor choices lead her to the brink of a complete breakdown, Olivia comes to a crossroads. Will she find the path to ultimate hope and healing once she moves into Diamond Estates?

Diamond Estates is modeled after my own experiences at Teen Challenge, a residential facility for troubled teens. This is the book of my heart—I’m so excited about this one and the two others to follow in 2012: The Embittered Ruby and The Shadowed Onyx.

Another new series, Drama Ensues, is set to be released in June 2012.
Drama Ensues is a fun series that tackles the issues in a completely different way. There’s even a website and blog in place already. Check it out at www.dramaensues.com and keep watch as it develops over the next year.

Book one, The Understudy is a Ventriloquist, will release June, 2012, and is the story of Jayde Henrick, a driven teen with a message–and you’re going to hear it one way or another. She volunteers at the crisis pregnancy center, authors a blog, and acts in school plays.
Books two and three of this series are planned to release in quick succession.

I understand you host a radio show called Teen Talk Radio. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Sure! Teen Talk Radio is a passion of mine. I’ve been doing it for almost a year and have loved every minute of it. I get to talk to exciting guests about fun topics and heavy issues. At Teen Talk Radio, it's all about choices! Big or small, major or minor, there's a moment before every decision when a teen can alter the course of her life. We cover topics like peer pressure, dating, purity, drugs, alcohol, modesty, popularity, the future, and anything else that comes up.

We target teens (mostly girls) anywhere from 11-17, and their parents or anyone else involved with youth in some way.

It airs live at 10pm EST at www.choicesradio.com where you can also peruse the past podcasts and download any of interest to you. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes here.

You can purchase Swept Away from Amazon.

Nicole is giving away a copy of Swept Away. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

I would be delighted to win a copy of Swept Away.

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mona said...

Enjoyed the interview. Love authors eith a fun sense of humor. Please enter me.


Charity said...

Please enter me. Thanks!


lgm52 said...

Would love to have a copy..please count me in

Marianne said...

i have a friend who works with teens like this, and i would love to read this and understand more about it. Thanks, Esther for the chance and the interview

Courtney said...

I am a youth leader at my church and have been working with teen girls for over 5 years now. The heartbreak and abuse girls deal with is all around this city I live in. I would love a chance to win this book, and even if I don't, I will be adding it to my list to read so I can help these girls more! Thank you!


Joanne Sher said...

Would LOVE this book. Please enter me :)

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to have and I would love winning it.

Katy said...

This is a new book and author for me. Looks neat. Please enter me!

~ Katy

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