Monday, May 11, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Destined For Dreams by @ginnamoran #givewaway

Young Adult Paranormal
Date Published: 12/1/2014

Seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov is an outcast in her tight-knit community of people with special abilities. Nadia must invade people’s dreams to survive. She sneaks into sleeping victims’ rooms, slips into their heads, and then turns their dreams into horrifying nightmares.
When a new girl arrives at her compound, Nadia can’t resist giving the girl a nightmare. In the dream world, Nadia discovers Hunter Sullivan, a soul trapped in the girl’s mind. Intrigued by Hunter, Nadia secretly builds a relationship with him in the dream world, and they find solace through each other.
Unable to accept a love fated for dreams, Nadia must risk losing the safety of her community to help Hunter get back to his body before he’s lost forever.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Absolutely! I see writing as more than a career, though. It’s a huge part of my life. I couldn’t imagine not doing it. Whenever I have down time, I always write or edit, even if I can’t get to a computer. I’ve written many chapters on my cell phone.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Writing the second draft is always the hardest for me. The first draft tends to come easily, but I always go back and pull my novels apart and then piece them back together—moving scenes, changing the storyline, etc. Sometimes I rearrange the drafts so much that I’m not sure I can ever get them back together. Thankfully, with the help of my writing partners and editors, I succeed. I also tend to write an abundance of characters so the second draft is where I narrow things down and say goodbye to characters I don’t necessarily need.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I’ve been involved with a few writing groups and worked as a writer/editor doing fragrance reviews for four years. I’ve met a lot of helpful people along the way, but the most influential people who have helped me with my writing are the editors who worked on the Destined for Dreams series with me. For Destined for Dreams, I worked with Bev Rosenbaum and Marlene Engle. For a few of my other novels and short stories, besides Bev and Marlene, I worked with Amanda Phillips, and Aleya and Jerika from Ladies of Literature. They have all really helped me improve my craft.

With saying that, the person who has helped me the most with my writing is actually author Jan Moran, who happens to be my mother-in-law. We bonded over writing when we first met ten years ago, and still call each other every day to discuss writing and books. She’s amazing.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m currently working on a companion series to Destined for Dreams. I actually wrote the first and second book in the companion series before I wrote Destined for Dreams, and my main character, Nadia Petrov was inspired by a character in the second book. It’s a little strange to go back and rewrite, but I’m glad the stories came together the way they have. I hope my readers enjoy it as well.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I do! I try to read as often as possible. While the majority of what I read is YA, I do branch out and read women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary. The current book I’m reading is Beyond the Hidden Sky by Marcha Fox. I love it so far!

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Nadia Petrov survives by creating nightmares, and must save a boy’s soul who she finds trapped in the mind of a sleeping victim.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Depends. Chocolate everything except ice cream.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? This one is hard! I love both! Probably french fries because I don’t need utensils to eat them.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? I love comedy, but I love drama more.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Don’t shame me, but I’ve never read anything by Danielle Steel! I’ll have to get to it. Nicholas Sparks by technicality.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy.

#7 – Call or Text? Text. Only call if it’s an emergency and leave a message.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school because it’s the only schooling I’m familiar with.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? This one is hard! I love paperbacks because I love holding books and staring at them on my bookshelves, but I can’t read a paperback in the middle of the night like I can an eBook. eBooks go with my everywhere. I’ll have to go with paperback, though. I like to look at my bookshelves.

Ginna Moran is a writer living in Austin, Texas but originally from Southern California. She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.
When she realized her love of writing was her life's passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna's professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.
Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.