I am so excited to be hosting Naomi Canale here on the blog today with a short interview for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour. While I haven’t known of this debut author for quite as long as some of the other rockstar authors I’ve hosted for this event, I still think she’s a total rockstar.
And here’s why.
Naomi Canale is a Rockstar because…
She writes dark things. She likes Poe and King and Aliens according to her bio. And she is not afraid to show her quirky side.
Her debut novel HIS DARK WAYS sounds seriously awesome. A thrill-seeking pastor’s daughter. A satanic séance. A hotel brimming with paranormal activity. And an intriguing ability that sounds like it might just be more than a little bit dangerous.
She wrote an incredibly entertaining short story, Nerdentine, which was published in the LOVE STINKS! anthology that I think totally rocks.
She has an easy-to-connect-with writing style and a voice that is very memorable and paints quite the picture.
“Can I kiss you?”
My answer is to press my lips on his. The hammer in my chest tries to break free and shatters my nerves instead. In the pit of my stomach, blood drains in leaving an intense pulse, I’ve felt butterflies before, but this can’t be it. Butterflies are light–fluffy. This is different–it’s heavy and channeling straight to my soul.
So, yes, Naomi Canale is someone I totally think of as a rockstar. And as not everyone may have had the chance to “meet” this rockstar author just yet, I thought I’d give away a few Kindle eBook copies of HIS DARK WAYS for her stop on the tour.
But if you’d like to learn a little bit more about Naomi, be sure to check out her bio, below, or visit her at any of the places she hangs out online. And if you take a peek at the interview, you’ll be able to learn a little bit more about the author’s influences for HIS DARK WAYS and see just why I think she rocks.
Naomi Canale is a lifelong Nevadan obsessed with anything vintage and Tim Burton. In between creating art and loving on her three children, she writes young adult and new adult fiction with creepy noir themes.
She is thrilled to share her debut His Dark Ways with you. Her other work can be seen in the anthology Love Stinks and she’s currently working on a new title she can’t wait to pull out of hiding.
HIS DARK WAYS seems to blend religion with the paranormal, horror and perhaps a touch of romance. How did you decide upon each of these elements? And how were you able to combine them in your story in a way that worked?
I really wanted to write the story of my heart, and for so long I lied to myself that I was, until I was fortunate enough to mentor under Ellen Hopkins. She taught me a lot about writing, life, and to be truthful when it came to my work. To be real on the page. When I started this book, I decided I wasn’t going to follow any formula and write the story I wanted to tell. My editor’s last comment on my manuscript was, “Girl, you are brave!” Ellen instilled that in me.
As far as the building blocks of HIS DARK WAYS, each layer of bricks in between the mortar was a part of me. The paranormal aspects came from a dream. I dream a lot. In the dream, I was touching a young man’s face. He was wearing an historical soldier’s uniform, and when I lifted my hand away, he disappeared. The dream never left. And the romance on the page only grew from there.
The darker side of the book came from the darkest corners of my heart, my past. Oh yes, don’t we all have one of those? I’ve seen a lot of horrific things, lots of death, and to me it’s important to explore those channels to help make sense of them. Sometimes recreating the darkness will give us a better understanding of the light, a longing for it even.
I feel there is something programmed in us, a switch that’s constantly on, that leaves us always curious. Curious of the unknown, a conviction, or whatever it may be and I wanted to explore that. I wanted to take the things I knew in life and weave that question into the book. One choice can change the course of our life and that thought took hold of me.
Definitely a panster! This may come from my ADD ways.
The louder the better! Did I mention that I’m part deaf for this reason?
About HIS DARK WAYS
Pub. Date: Aug 19, 2013 (electronic), Sept 17, 2013 (print)
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Savanna Christy, a pastor’s daughter, is on a rebellion. Once her Dad told her the Bible warns of opening doors that shouldn’t be opened. She’s become obsessed with finding out if those doors are just as invisible as the God she’s been raised to know.
One night, during another thrill-seeking adventure, Savanna and her friends Amy and Lucky, head thirty minutes out of their small town of Tonopah, to check out the Goldfield Hotel, known to be one of the most highly active places for paranormal activity in the nation. Together the three of them break in, hoping to open one of the doors the Bible speaks of, and in the middle of a satanic séance the three of them are dragged to various places of the hotel. But when the door shuts before Savanna’s cornered, something saves her. As footsteps slowly make their way to where Savanna is under a window, she reaches out her hand. Daniel, an entity who’s been locked away between space and time, becomes just as visible as Savanna. And her energy can give him life again, only when they touch (which triggers an addiction).
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