Saturday, May 4, 2013

Meet Bailey Ardison!!

I have a treat for everyone today!  A couple months ago I read a fabulous debut novel, Sweet Oblivion.  It was fabulous enough that I contacted the author afterwards to tell her how much I liked it.  That's when I found out it wasn't one author - it was written by two sisters!!  I was intrigued.  I couldn't imagine how the two had done such an amazing job and I wanted to know more.  I asked them if they would be willing to let me interview them and they agreed.  Bailey Ardisone is a pen name, Bailey couldn't be here today, but Ardison is here!

Ardison, thanks so much for stopping by today, it's a real pleasure to have you!  Tell me, what made the two of you decide to collaborate on a book?
Honestly, I've always had ideas in my head and my favorite thing to do is just day-dream while listening to music. My husband basically nagged me to try writing a book for quite a while, and since my sister was the writer in the family I thought - why not? I really felt connected to my ideas and just had to get them out, so I went to her thinking it would be fun for us to take on the adventure together.

That's great that your husband prodded you into it, tell him I say thanks, because I'm such a fan!  What do you like most about being an independent author?
The control. It's a LOT of hard work, but you have complete control over your work and what you can do for your fans. I love that about it.

That's one of my favorites, too!  What would you like readers to know about you?
I love to dream. I love to create. I may not be perfect, and my stories may not be perfect, but I pour my heart into every detail and character. Most authors are like that, I know. The thing about me though, is I didn't know I loved to write until I wrote Sweet Oblivion. I have always wanted to be a Zoologist/Biologist since I could remember. I never once tried to be a writer. Yes, I have always been obsessed with day-dreaming and creating stories in my head, but it really wasn't until recently that I discovered my love for writing those stories I feel and see so clearly in my head down on "paper." I absolutely love it now.

LOL!  I think that's pretty common - not to know how amazing writing is until you do it!  Okay, chomping at the bit here, when does book 2 come out?
I am shooting for late summer/early autumn. I don't want to make any official announcements yet - but I have a date in mind and am working very hard to fulfill it. Once I can confirm that it will be that date, then I will announce it. =) Perhaps I'll make the announcement at/or around UtopYA!

You're going to be at UtopYA?  Sweeeeet! I'm excited I'll get to meet you in person!!  One more question, tell us about the process of collaborating with each other.
We typically discuss what we want to happen in general, but most of the time we write our scenes/chapters (I write Nari and my sister writes Naminé) and surprise each other with them. ;) If one of us doesn't agree with what we have happen, we discuss it and try to make it better.

I won't spoil for everyone who Nari and Namine are, because I didn't figure it out until the last couple chapters of your book, but that absolutely makes sense!  I'm so glad you stopped by today to say hello.  
Thank you so much for having me, Nancy! It was so fun!

Sweet Oblivion
sweet adjective ˈswēt a : pleasing to the mind or feelings
obliv·i·on noun ə-ˈbli-vē-ən, ō-, ä- 1: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten

Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town and she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
​Nari hates everything about her life except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.

Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to and it means life or death for her and her people, she does all that she can to turn that hope into reality and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.

She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.

Some secrets are best kept in Oblivion.

You can find my review of Sweet Oblivion:  HERE

Author bio:

Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Sweet Oblivion is the first book they have written together and is the first installment of a series.

1 comment:

  1. This was awesome, Nancy!!! Thank you again for having me on your blog!! So much fun =D <3