Today I’m chatting with the super talented twins Sasha and Sarena Nanua. They wrote The Pendant Trilogy and I have had the pleasure of reading the first in that series, The Gemstone. It was truly amazing and I am so excited to have the opportunity to talk with them.
Why don’t we start off by you telling us a little about yourselves.
We’re twin teenagers and authors of The Pendant Trilogy (The Gemstone, The King’s Jewel, and the Poisoned Emerald) available online everywhere. We love to read, write, watch cooking shows on TV, and (occasionally) go outside to, you know, read. We also run a blog (www.thependanttrilogy.wordpress.com) and are foodies!
What do you like to do for fun?
Read, write, blog. But besides all that, we also like to write songs and cook!
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think when we were about nine. We were going on vacation to St. Maarten and I (Sasha) began writing a story called Chicky Planet, about a chick named Chicky who had to save a planet overrun by evil Queen Chicky and Prince William (how original). Ever since, we’ve written countless unfinished novels, until The Gemstone came along! We were thirteen when we started The Gemstone, our first published book.
What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very supportive. Our mom helps out a lot on the marketing side of things, too, so it’s pretty awesome!
What do you think makes a good story?
First, a great plot, and second, great characters. We think both should be in sync for the perfect story!
Is there a subject you would never write about as author? If so what is it?
Hmm. This is tough. We don’t want to say “never” to a topic, but we probably wouldn’t touch contemporary, because we prefer fantasy, but that doesn’t mean one day we won’t write a drama-filled/revenge-type contemporary story, because we actually really like those!
Do you create an outline before writing?
YES. We were total pantsers (non-plotters) for years until THE GEMSTONE. We finally decided to plot out the book, and we were able to successfully publish it!
How was it writing together?
We love writing together! Even though we don’t always agree on things, we find it easy that we can talk to each other all the time and bounce ideas off each other.
Do you think writing together made it easier at times? Or harder?
Definitely easier. Most writers probably won’t agree with us on this—but writing with someone else just makes the load, well, lighter. You can write whichever scenes you want, talk to your co-writer whenever you need to for ideas/inspiration, and we love it.
Any advice for getting through the dreaded writers block?
Writers block is different for everyone, so this advice isn’t going to apply to everyone. But we’d say: take a break; find some inspiration; and most of all, if you’re feeling frustrated, try a new project for a while. Something refreshing is always helpful!
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors, like myself?
Surround yourself with support, communicate with authors/aspiring authors online, and get involved in the bookish community! And most importantly: DON’T GIVE UP! If you keep working, you’ll succeed and have a pretty, finished book in your hands one day! I know you can do it. ☺
How is the publishing process? Any advice?
We self-published, so it’s different from traditionally publishing. Some advice would be to know which route you want to take in the publishing world: whether it be self-pubbing, small-press publishing, or traditionally publishing. Make sure you do your research!
What’s next for the two of you?
We’re currently editing a YA novel we wrote in NaNoWriMo 2014. We’re hoping to begin querying it in June 2015!
Okay now for some lighter questions.
Coffee or Tea?
TEA. We both don’t drink coffee. And tea is just sooooo good!
Do you write more in the morning, afternoon or at night?
Probably afternoon. We don’t wake up and immediately write, and we don’t usually write JUST before bed, so in the middle of the day is best.
Are you an early bird or night owl?
We’ve always had a dilemma answering this question. On the one hand, we like to wake up early and get stuff done. On the other hand, we love to sleep in! But we HATE sleeping extremely late. Some people go to bed at… three AM? That is next to impossible for us. So probably early bird? ☺
What is your favorite genre to read?
Fantasy, hands down. But we also love sci-fi and have also been recently getting into high fantasy, like Throne of Glass, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, A Game of Thrones, The Old Kingdom series, etc. They’re so good!
Is there a book that you wish you could have written?
Probably Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sarena LOVES this book, and I… have yet to read it. Oops.
What is your favorite book at the moment?
Sarena’s is AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and MISS PEREGRINE’S, and mine would be A GAME OF THRONES!
Is there anything else you would like for your readers to know?
If you love middle grade and young adult, our trilogy is perfect for you! Happy reading and thanks for the awesome interview, Ashley!
Thanks so much for chatting with me girls! Your novels are great and was a pleasure to read.
They are holding a giveaway, I hope you’ll enter.