Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?
Nia Markos: My novel is about a young woman whose life gets thrown into turmoil by events out of her control. It involves a prophesy, a quest and finding her inner strength.
Along the way, she also has to deal with matters of the heart. Throw in mythology, magic, faeries, demons and shadows, and danger from all sides stand in the way of her accomplishing her task.
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
This novel is a young adult urban fantasy, paranormal quest story.
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Independence Day. I still stop to watch it whenever I catch it on television.
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
It’s so hard to pick just one song. If I had to pick one on the spot, I would say Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.
7. What motivated you to write this story?
I’ve always wanted to write, but I never found the time. This story, though, wanted to be written. When I sat down this time, the words just seemed to flow.
I found my motivation in my main character. Alexa sparked something in me. I never looked back once I started telling her story.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Ernest Hemingway. What a fun night that would be.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Music, science fiction movies. I’m learning the guitar. Most of all my family, living life to its fullest.
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
The thrill of seeing my words come to life.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I’ll pass on what other authors have told me. Read. Read a lot. Not just a genre you like, but vary it to see the nuances of other ones. Each genre has its own way of storytelling.
Take what you read and build your own voice.
Performed by Esther Thibault