Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ALWAYS SECOND BEST by Elodie Nowodazkij - Interview and Giveaway

I have another awesome author interview for everyone today. Elodie Nowodazkij was sweet enough to take time out of her super crazy book launch schedule to answer some questions. Always Second Best will be available on October 13, 2015. Be sure to use the links below to read the other titles in this series. Yes, you can read it as a standalone, but then your're missing out on her other amazing characters in this series.

To celebrate the release of her newest book, Always Second Best I decided to interview her and host a giveaway of Always Second Best.

Here's a little about Always Second Best:

Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He's going to prove he's meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

I loved Natalya in One, Two, Three, so I was so happy when you mentioned Always Second Best. Do you have plans to write more books in the Broken Dreams series?

I have a few more :-) I may or may not be currently writing a holiday novella featuring Camilo—the “bad” guy from One, Two, Three and Chloe, a new character. I’m also outlining Jen’s story. Jen is a part of A Summer Like No Other and Always Second Best… and I’m actually thinking of her moving to France for the summer after the showcase for an intensive workshop at the OpĂ©ra de Paris. Thinking out loud here. And I also have a novel about Becca—Natalya’s best friend. Oh and maybe about Roberto—Emilia’s brother.

Yayfor more books in the sereis!!! The Broken Dreams series is set in the world of ballet. Are you a dancer yourself? You definitely know what you're talking about. I love the references to ballet moves. It definitely brings out the dancer in the characters.

Thanks. I danced ballet for a few years, but nothing like Natalya or Em or Nick…I’ve done research, watched videos, read articles and tried to remember what I loved about ballet when I was dancing. It’s a world I tried to learn a lot about. Part of the Broken Dreams series will move a bit away from ballet thought when it comes to Becca’s story and Camilo’s.

Seriously, I'm thinking I should have waited to read A Summer Like No Other until Always Second Best released. Did you really have to leave ASLNO off like that? lol

Sorry. :-) The funny part was that A Summer Like No Other was not planned until end of June. But when I was drafting Always Second Best, I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle. So, I started writing A Summer Like No Other…And then I thought I could share their summer with everyone and I hoped people would fall in love with them like I did.

You're from France and lived in Germany, do you think you would ever set a novel in either of those locations? (I love the history and modernization all mixed together in Europe. Such a rich environment for a story.)

I’m thinking of Jen’s story partly taking place in France. And I do have a YA paranormal romance in the works that has parts of it in Middle Ages’ France…

The history geek in me is freaking out over the Middle Ages idea already! lol Having France and Germany in your life, do you plan to translate any of your books to either French or German?

I am definitely planning on having all books translated but it takes time and money. So, I’m starting slow. One Dream Only has been translated in German, and I’ve also worked on a bilingual edition… One, Two, Three is in the process of being translated in German as well… I translated One Dream Only myself in French, but it’s very hard and my brother-in-law as well as my mother are currently looking at the text, and amending it. I might try to hire someone to translate One, Two, Three in French and do the corrections myself. I’d love to be able to share my work with my family and friends, so it’s definitely something I’m trying to plan budget-wise.

Wow, so much work! You have mentioned a thriller in the works. Can you give us any teaser comments about it?

Well, well, well. This thriller turned into something much different than planned. I’m actually going to be publishing it under the pen name Elodie Jane and it will be a romantic suspense novel and it will not be a young adult novel…

Well, I will definitely have to check that non-young adult book out as well. lol You are a hands on self published author. What part of the self publishing work has been the most rewarding (besides the writing)?

Working on my own covers. I’ve started this year and am loving it.

Setting up my own schedule...

And the support from the selfpub community.

What is the best advice you can give someone who is thinking about self publishing?

Research. Research. Research. Make sure this is the path for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to authors. Read the good, read the bad. See if financially speaking, it makes sense for you. Dream Big. But don’t expect instant success. (and wow that was a lot, sorry about that.)

Haha, all great advice, though! What is your number one advice for aspiring authors? Since they aren't drowning in advice already. lol

Hmmm. Find a wonderful group of writer friends.

Exellent advice. My first face to face critique group was the best! I still correspond with some of them regularly. Now, because I can't help adding new books to my bookshelves (not that there's any more space, but still). What are you currently reading, or was the last book you read that you loved?

I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios.

And THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Absolutely loved both of those YA contemporary novels. So much heart. So much passion.

Awesome! I'll have to check them out! Thank you so much, Elodie for sharing your time with me and answering my crazy questions. lol

Check out the other titles in the Broken Dreams Series

One Dream Only #0.5

One, Two, Three #1

A Summer Like No Other #1.5

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About Elodie

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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