"intriguing" "a must-read"
"brilliantly written" "stellar job"
"a great debut novel"
Do or Die... In a world that has been divided amongst the Hunter race and the Warrior, prisoners who have fallen prey to King Cyrus' decrees are forced into the arena to fight until death. Winner is granted mercy and privilege to see another sunrise. Death unto the weak. In an attempt to get back at everyone who has ever shut her out, seventeen year-old Princess Echo becomes another victim, dragging Ayden, her forbidden love, along in a race to freedom, to find out who she really is, and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again. When death threatens the forbidden love of an unlikely couple and they are forced to do the unthinkable, to what extent will they go to be together?
My interview with Nadège
Actually, no. I did have to do a bit of research, but my imagination took over and I easily surpassed any obstacles. Creating Alwaenia was the easiest thing for me. I'm a procrastinator and I tend not to think ahead sometimes, so I just kind of wrote and built Alwaenia however the thoughts came to me. Echo was pretty easy as well. She's much like me and my writing is always personal.
2. Do you have any odd habits when writing?
Oh yes, especially writing in this genre and in Alwaenia's era. The talk is very "old-timish" and I am the furthest thing from old. There were times when the dialogue in Burning Bridges would shift to more modern times and I would scold myself for getting out of character. Though, I don't want people to get this image of my writing being so 'boring and mature.' It's just me, you know? And I'm random, so things will definitely switch up. Who knows?
3. What inspired you to write this novel?
George Orwell's 1984 and my stubborn ways. I first read 1984 in high school and everyone in my Lit class hated it but me. I loved the story so much, I read it twice during that same summer. I think it was my first encounter with REAL dystopia.
I'm a hater of racism and prejudices. I'm a quiet person, so I won't speak up about it a lot, but it disturbs me to no end, against any race or sex, really. I always grew up knowing the difference between white and black and it really bothered me how much my family (and others) felt inferior or thought "differents" shouldn't mingle. I guess my hatred for that way of thinking forced my pen to paper and got me to finish my first novel.
4. Do you have any hobbies?
Too many. I sing, hike, play floor hockey, I've been a martial artist for two years, I'm an ex-gymnast, and I sleep!
5. As an author, what is your main goal? Where would you like to be in 5 years?
My main goal is proving to others, as well as myself, that I can be successful, encourage others to do better, without all the fame and money. My friends always tell me, "Oh, you are such a good writer, and you're young too! You could end up famous and make a lot of money."
That way of thinking also irks me. Five years from now I could end up being a seasoned author with my name in lights all over Hollywood, but it just wouldn't be the same if I ever stopped writing about what I want to write about. I could care less about what sells. I will write the usual paranormal or urban fantasy, but there is always a true story behind my words, something I hope makes a difference. I never want to stop being ME, so if five years from now I am content and still writing, I'll be the happiest person in the world, guaranteed.
Ms. Nadège Richards has done a wonderful job creating a foreign, yet familiar world. Her writing is clear and she always seems to know the exact word for any given situation or emotion. Her precise nature is then coupled with a poetic side, and they merge beautifully. At one point, I was even brought to tears and that is a very rare feat! Burning Bridges is a great start to what I hope will continue to be a wonderful adventure. I am looking forward to book two.
About the Author
Nadège K. Richards
Born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania, Nadège has traveled to five other states and two countries, but aspires to travel the world some day. Her name is of French origin, though she's never been to France. Forever a lover of art and all things pertaining to Literature, she hopes to obtain knowledge from her writing career, rather than popularity or fame. She wrote her first story about aliens and goats in the 8th grade and has had a passion for story-telling ever since. Her friends and family are her biggest inspiration, and the occasional cup of coffee. She enjoys being part of the Indie community and sharing her stories with the world
I am eagerly awaiting the next book from this talented young author. I can't wait to watch her go from a newbie to a pro.
Burning Bridges can be found at the links below-