Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I’m Nadia and I love writing about humanity’s dark side and how things may not always be as they seem to be. I also like exploring the flip side of fairy tales, which often gets left out in story books. I’m a huge fan of magical realism and I like to think that somewhat shows in my writing. The Mountain’s Secret is my first book, which I wrote in collaboration with Mr. Mintz, the author of Good Morning, Son!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first and latest book is called The Mountain’s Secret and it was inspired by the untold sides of fairy tales, much like most of the stuff I write. I was interested in exploring the idea that secrets are powerful and how secrets can turn your whole perception of the world around. I was also interested in exploring how deceiving appearances can be. I can only hope this all comes through in the story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can’t write before it’s dark outside, so most of my writing happens at night. This usually results in most of my writing being done in the winter or at two in the morning, which makes it fun to read through later.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Anna-Marie McLemore is pretty much single-handedly responsible for my love of magical realism. Her books continuously blow me away and I cannot wait for her next release. I am also in awe of Victoria Schwab’s writing style and the way she is able to paint such vivid images in my head with just a few words. I also really enjoy the way Schwab explores the dynamics between good and evil, which influences my work quite a bit.
What are you working on now?
I have about fifty projects that I’m currently in the middle of, but my main one as of right now is a queer Rapunzel retelling set in a world where forest animals and towers can talk and nothing is actually as it seems. I’m about halfway through the drafting stage right now, so fingers crossed that I actually get to the end of this one.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I know this is probably going to sound really cliche of me but “you have to have a bad draft before you can have a good draft” has kept me writing for as long as I have. It’s a nice reminder to remember to keep going when I get overwhelmed by my project.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently in the middle of the Aurora Rising audiobook, written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m physically reading The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown, which I’m very excited about!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Vicious by V. E. Schwab