Today I have the lovely Isabella Redwood here on my blog, answering a few questions about her writing and upcoming release In the End. I met Isabella over on twitter (you can find her @SophN7) and have been enjoying to get to know her.
Welcome to my blog! Why don’t you give us an elevator pitch on yourself as an author – who is Isabella Redwood?
I liken myself to a pie chart, not because I like pie, although it is not too shabby. But because if you were to cut me open (please don’t) that is what you would find. I’m a mommy and that is the greatest percentage of who I am. My daughter is my heaven on Earth and inspires me every day. Then there is my creative side, I love to write and as an author it sets me free to live my wildest dreams and face those gigantic fears head on. I am an arts fan, anyone who attempts to walk this pot-holed, creaky path is to be placed on a pedestal and admired in my opinion. The final segment is my Columbo part. I love to discover things, piece things together and lifelong learn. From, puzzles to board games to philosophy, they all encompass who I am and I try to incorporate all the sectors into my storytelling.
Your first release ‘In the End’ is set up for pre-order now, and the days are counting down—what can readers expect from the novel?
Characters that are flawed, real and fighting to stay afloat. As in life, people don’t always do what you want them to do or expect them to do and my main character has been through the wringer. The story is told from her point of view and I hope it will keep you guessing long after you turn the final page.
I know that aside from a second book in the butterfly series, you’re also working on some stand-alone science fiction novels – what common themes might readers find between your books, despite them being written in different genres?
The butterfly series and my sci fi novel are very different, except with one similarity and they are my female leads. They are both easily underestimated, yet the strongest women I know.
Are there any amazing books that you think have influenced your writing, or, perhaps, authors whose work you’d love yours to sit alongside?
There are many and I wouldn’t dare to dream of us sharing a shelf as I put them so high up, I would need the BFG to reach them down. (Roald Dahl fan) There are three that I have read at different stages in my life that have stayed with me. The first is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read this in one sitting, I was so riveted and it haunted me after for some time. The second is The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, I read this book quite early on in life and it was a very unfamiliar genre at that time to me. My mum was a huge romance fan and as such our book shelves were overflowing with them. It was my first dystopian novel and was the best to open with, it certainly set the bar high for future reads. The final book is The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, this was the first book I read after a traumatic life event and was the first thing to make me smile again. I carried it around in my bag for a considerable amount of time afterwards. My reminder there could be light again.
Finally, just for a little fun: Taking into consideration that it takes certain ways of thinking and seeing the world to love different movies, which five movies best sum you up your personality?
I’m a huge movie fan and as I have a two year old daughter, who is the biggest Disney fan, it is only fitting I pick Disney movies.
Number one is Mary Poppins, I have the carpet bag, not only would you find the world and its wife in my bag, it is also fitting for life as a writer. No matter how many times you may think you have everything you need, looking in the bag, there is always something else to learn and discover.
Number two is Tangled, I have long hair and although I sadly cannot lasso it around to swing from, it is the hippie in me.
Number three is Pocahontas, I’m a huge animal lover and always wanted to be a vet growing up.
Number four is Cinderella, I always worry I have forgotten something, glass slippers, keys, I’m the classic double, triple checker. Even to the point of getting out of bed and going to check I turned the alarm on, despite the fact I know I already did.
Number five- The Little Mermaid, when she first gets legs and tries to stand for the first time, only to fall and keep trying over and over. I resonate that to my publishing journey and the personality traits that we all try to encompass in the literary field.
Thanks so much for having me and please do check out my book launch giveaway over at my blog on isabellaredwood.com.