Paradox - Readers Questions & Answers

...Readers have their say...

This is a page where you the reader can interact with the book.  You can leave questions for me to answer, or have other readers answer them and give you their thoughts.



What Kristin Said after Reading Paradox Series book 1 –

Favorite Character - Officer Wade (spoiler was here) but I love the way he treats Grace and Kate. I would like to believe that there are police officers who would take a special interest in a case such as Graces.

Second Favorite Character - I'm going to have to say Abaddon! I'm a sucker for bad guys though.

Favorite part of the book - While I did enjoy reading about Grace and her life, I am left in anticipation of what is happening in the Old World.

Parts I liked the most - I always liked any part that included interaction between Grace, Kate, and Officer Wade. I think, however, my favorite part is when Officer Wade and Angela touch and they figure out what each other are.

Parts I liked least - Hmmm. Hard to say really because I wonder if the questions I have won't be answered in book 2.

Aspects I would like to know more about - Well, I would love to know more about the two houses of angels that are at war. As I stated before, I really like Abaddon, but I feel like I am missing something important.

What Natalie Said About Paradox Series – Book 1:

Did you have a favorite character and if so why?
Grace, I love her innocence, her sweetness towards Angela

Who was your second favorite character and why?
Wade, love Wade, his gentleness, caring for a family he never knew before.

What part of the book did you enjoy the most?  The Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today's world)
Well I enjoy both parts, the ancient world because of its plot for evil doing, and Grace's today world because you just know somehow it's tied together.

Do you remember what parts or chapters you liked the most?
The very first chapter sucks you right in and the rest holds you there until you’re done.

What aspects of the story would you like to know more about?
Oh goodness, all of it, why Grace is time hopping, what’s up with Wade and Angela, is Wade going to get together with Kate (Grace's Mom)?

If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be?
Make it longer, but other than that not one thing.

What are you hoping to read more about in book 2?
Grace, how she's grown, Wade and Kate, and the Ancient World

Kim says: 

1.Angela's my favorite because she's so mature and wise for her age.
2.The second one's Grace she's very charming,playful and I can see some of me in her.
3.Most certainly the Angel parts..but I'd like to read more scenes from Altair :D
4.hmm...the least is how slow yet fun watching Grace grow :))
5.More battlefield the war broke out and started :D
6.One thing..umm probably I'd like Pandora to be caught in action of deceit by Cerberus that would make more stir to the story pwahaha!
7.I'm hoping to read Grace to learn more about the other world,a bit grown up,more Altair and background stories to fill the gap of book one.
8. I chose cover A  - that was really fun Patti I'm looking forward to book 2

Shannon’s favorite character was Angela because she was different and very tolerant of Grace.  
Who was your second favorite character and why?  Grace - she was the star of the show, but she was also the most realistic and easy to relate to.   
What part of the book did you enjoy the mostThe Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today's world)? Angel World because of the creativity involved in the writing.   
Do you remember what parts or chapters you liked the most?  The flashbacks were historical. Those stick out in memory.    
What aspects of the story would you like to know more about?  Siena and Cerberus for sure - the Angels need more press!    
What are you hoping to read more about in book 2?   The Angels

Tara says: my personal favorite character was probably Grace, because that was the main character whose story was described. It’s obvious she has something big going on, and I really want to know what.

Who was your second favorite character and why?  I think my second favorite was Abaddon – I’m one of those people who tends to like the seemingly ‘bad’ characters.

I enjoyed the Angel parts, and I’d like to hear more about the ancient world.  I enjoyed the parts describing what was going on in the ancient world, and the parts describing Grace’s relationship with Angela.

What aspects of the story or characters would you like to know more about?
  Definitely the Angel world, and how Grace’s visions of past lives tie in with current events.

If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be?  It was pretty good as was ☺

What are you hoping to read more about in book 2?  Grace’s visions, and why she’s so important to the Angels.

Elizabeth said -
I liked Angela, she was very precise and that made me laugh. I Wade, because he appeared to be genuine.

What part of the book did you enjoy the most? The Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today's world)
Ancient Angel parts

What aspects of the story would you like to know more about?
The connection between Grace, her father and the Angels

Amy says:
I liked Grace, her Dad and Hope. I love Graces innocence and I love that Hope was always there for her. Angela and Wade intrigue me also

What part of the book did you enjoy the most? The Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today's world)
I liked today's world with Grace  I liked the parts with Hope in them and Angela.

I'd like to know more about Juliette. I'd also like to know more about Wade and Angela. I'm looking forward to the second book!

Would you help me choose a cover for book 2 - http://paradox-theangelsarehere.blogspot...
Yes, I picked cover 2 :)

Q. When did you first start writing, Paradox? And did the idea for the book just come to you?

A: I started in 2009 so it took me roughly 2 years to put the first book (Novella) together.

I was inspired to write the series by what I didn’t know.  By the questions we as humans have asked ourselves since the beginning of time.  Where did we come from, what happens after death?  Is there a heaven?  Do our souls live on?

Q. Was there any research involved in writing the book esp when the times were in the very early centuries?

A. I think I have done just as much research for the series of Paradox books as I have done writing the story.  Although a lot of that will not actually be evident until further along in the series.  I love writing Grace’s flashbacks of Juliette’s past lives.  I love going back in time and delving into historical events that have shaped our world.  And hopefully bring some of them back to life throughout this story via the characters.

Q. Were any of your characters based off of someone you know or the names of the characters?

A: The characters in the Paradox Series are not based on anyone I know personally.  Some of their traits and experiences are, however, influenced by people I have met.  Mostly on an unintentional level.  It isn’t until I reread some of my characters lines that I have sometimes thought – Oh, that reminds me of ….

Q. Was it at all difficult to write about such loss and heartache through out the book?

A: Surprisingly, no.  I was going through an emotional stage of my life at the time and if anything it allowed me to really “feel” Grace’s loss and put it into words.  I really believe that I would never have been able to achieve that if I wasn’t in that “place” in my life and if I hadn’t gone through something like that myself.  I focused very much on the death of my own mother a few years ago; Mum was very much looking over my shoulder as I wrote it.

Q. As you were writing Paradox did you ever have writers block or did you already somewhat know what the story-line would be before you put the words on paper?

A: I have never had writers block.  I have so many stories to tell that if anything sometimes I wonder where to start and where to leave off and cut to another scene.  Some people have said that Paradox – The Angels Are Here jumps around during the telling of the story.  And maybe it does.  That is how the story unfolded to me while I wrote it and how Juliette tells it – as she remembers it.

When people are sitting around telling stories, I think that is how it happens.  Suddenly you remember something from the past, because of something someone else has said, and regardless to where the story is at; you jump in and add it because you know that further on into the story, it is going to be important.  It is very much Juliette’s story now.  I just have the pleasure in writing it.

Q. What age groups do you recommend for the readers of Paradox?

A:  I say 14 and up.  Some would say that some of the subject matters are for an older audience but I disagree.  It wasn’t that long a go in history that a 14 year old girl was old enough to wed and expected to bear children.  In some cultures today they are very much considered adults.   History has also shown us that in order to keep bloodlines “pure” it was nothing if not expected for brother and sister to produce an heir.  Thankfully, the society that most of us live in today does not applaud or encourage this way of life.

Q. I adore the cover, very beautiful. Who designed the cover and did you have any say in what you wanted it to look like?

A: Being an indie author I was very much solely responsible for the look of the cover.  I searched numerous sites until I found the artwork by the very talented Hazel Brown.  Then I added the heart, feather and text.

Q. Do you have any future plans for Grace and her family & friends with another book?

A:  The Paradox saga is a series of books.  The first book – The Angels Are Here – was an introductory into the series and is a Novella.  The second in the series – Progeny Of Innocence - is a novel and is due out in November.  The third – Bound By Blood – is due out in 2012 with more to follow the following year.

Q. What was the most difficult part writing the book? Do you have anything you wish you could go back and change?

A: The only thing hard about writing in general is time.  If I could lock myself up and concentrate on only writing that would be great.  But my friends would think I had gone completely mad and would probably try and have me committed.

Q. Did anyone inspire you to write Paradox "The Angels Are Here"?

A:  Yes and no.  I had just recently gone through a break-up and was terribly “lost”.  I see now that the break-up was an incredible gift.  It handed me the opportunity to focus on other things which I would otherwise had never done.  And those other things turned out to be writing.  The break-up, unbeknown to me at the time, turned out to be my cloud with a silver lining.  Writing has been such wonderful therapy; I have never looked back and I have never been happier.

Q: Do you write full-time now? If so, what did you do before you started writing? 

A: I don't write full time yet but would very much like to.   That is my wish.  I have to sell a lot more books though before that happens :)

Q: Where did you come up with the idea for the Paradox series? Were you inspired?
A: I was inspired by what I didn't know.  By the questions we as humans have asked ourselves since the beginning of time.  Where did we come from, is there more after death?  Is there a heaven?  Do our souls live on?

Q: Do you ever base your scenes on real-life?  

A: Some are loosely based on real-life.  For example Grace's experience during the storm when she felt like her body was being taken over.  The emotion Grace and her mother felt following the death of..... Should I say? 

Q: Considering the use of angels, how did you prevent religion from getting too involved with the story?  

A: I actually really like religious stories.  I don't necessarily believe them.  I think a lot of the bible and religious scriptures in general is the work of a number of excellent fictional storytellers.  I bet they wish they were around today to receive the royalties.  (This is only my opinion and I do not wish to offend)

Q: Who is your favorite character?  

A: That is too hard to answer.  I love writing for them all.  Some characters though, like Abaddon and Theria, are more enjoyable to write for because they have such overinflated egos.

Q: Who is your least favorite character? Why?
A: None - they all belong, all have their part to play.  

Patti asks: Who is your least favorite or most favorite and which one would you like to know more about?

Q: Are any of your characters based on real-life people?  

A: Not at all.  Some of the characters traits are though.

Q: I found the extent of your research incredible. Where did you look to come up with your ideas?   

A: Google, Wikipedia, Google...  

Patti says: Can I ask you which parts of the story you were thinking about when you asked this question?

Q: What is your writing process? How do you incorporate your research without making it sound like a textbook?  

A: That can be hard for me.  Sometimes I get so caught up in the facts.  I have to allow myself to step away from the facts at times and let myself bend them a little so they can become part of the fictional side of the story.  I am bent on using as much fact as I can.  Even down to the little things like making sure a characters name in Grace's flashbacks are relevant to that period of time in history.  What the weather, clothing would have been like, what day of the week it would have been…  I think I do this because whenever I read a book, even a fiction book, I like to have learned something real that I didn’t know before.  For me it gives even the most diehard fantasy story more plausible.

Q: Do you plan to incorporate Abaddon, Siena, Theria, Pandora and Cerberus into the remaining series?  

A: Most certainly.  They are all main characters in the entire series along with a host of characters you are yet to meet.  A lot of book 2 (Progeny Of Innocence) is in Altair - where the Angels reside - including the surrounding areas and the ancient civilizations that reside there.  Lots of legend and myth in the following books.

Reader: Thank you for letting me do this with you! I hope you don’t mind my questions.  

Patti says: Thank you!  I LOVE your questions.  Especially the ones about the story.  It helps me focus on what is important to the reader.  I really like to know the readers thoughts on the characters - right down to what the reader thinks the various characters would look like.

Patti says: One of my questions to the reader would have to be - which part of the story made you think/feel the most.  What one question would you like to know the answer to?

Q: I was confused by the Angels. The Good vs. Evil. Do they all live somewhere in heaven or do all the evil ones live in hell? I don’t know much about Angel history.

A: In my book, Paradox – The Angel Are Here, I have the Angels living in Altair which is “heaven”.  And “heaven” has been overthrown.  I believe there is good and bad in everything, everywhere.   Are we good or are we evil?  We eat the flesh of animals.  Does that make us evil.  In some people’s eyes it most certainly does.

 Q: Will we see Grace grow to become a teenage girl and eventually a woman? If so, will you incorporate some relatively normal events in your books about this?

A: The Grace side of the story is the “normal” side of the story so to speak.  There are 2 sides of this story – 2 worlds.  In book 2, Progeny Of Innocence, Grace is a teenager.

Q: Is Joshua in the second book? Is he important?

A: Joshua is in the second book.  And yes, he does have an important roll to play.

Q: I have a feeling Abe is an important little boy, will we be seeing more of him?
 A: He is and you most certainly will!

Q: Does Grace have a love interest waiting for her somewhere in the near future?

 A: Oh yes – 2.

Q: Your book made me feel quite a lot of emotions. Do you become worn out from this while writing? Like does it take a lot out of you?

A: Some parts of it are more emotional that others most certainly.  And there is a particular part that made me cry when I was writing it.  I think, regardless of the topic, writers should write with emotion if they want their words to affect the reader.  Whether it be joy, fear or sadness.  Everything we do in our lives is driven by emotion.  Emotion plays a very BIG role in the Paradox series.  Sometimes I jump ahead a few chapters if I’m not in the right frame of mind to write a particular part of the story.

Q: How many hours a day do you spend writing or doing research for your work?

 A: I think I have done just as much research in particular aspects of the series in general as I have writing it.  There is a huge back story going on in the series that has to be taken into consideration.  I couldn’t tell you precise hours per day.  Some hours are spent on the pc, just as many are spent in my head, plotting planning thinking…..  It took me 2 years to put the first book (Novella) together.

Q: Do you edit it all by yourself?

A: It is virtually impossible to edit your own work.  Having it read out loud helps.  Text aloud on my pc is good and now my kindle is also great for that.  I have had lots of friends read it to help also.  My sister Susan, has been a godsend and has read so many re-reads it isn’t funny.  And a great friend, that I haven't known very long so I am most grateful - Kerry Newstead.  I am an Indie author so I do what I can.

Q: I’d like to see this series become a movie one day, what actor do you see when writing of these characters?

A: Oh me too!
Theria – the young version – I had Molly C Quinn in my mind.
Siena – Australian Actress Holly Valance.
Lord Cerberus – Another Aussie (I’m Australian so…)Travis Fimmel
Lady Pandora – Aussie -Emilie de Ravin
Brian – Yes, Aussie -  Eric Banner
Kate – Aussie – Radha Mitchell
Wade – Aussie – Alex O’Loughlin
Dr.Sammy – Gerald Butler
Young Joshua – Aussie – Kodi Smit-McPhee
I so have other thoughts in my mind for the other characters but I would like to leave those up to the readers imagination.  I would love to hear readers thoughts on character tho!  So please share your thoughts…. and questions :)

Sandra says:  I loved the character of the policeman Wade, that came to take care of Grace, who turned out to have a lot of her fathers fact was the policeman her father reincarnated somehow.  Of course i liked Grace and her get on with it attitude, she grew up kind of quickly with the loss of her father. 

What aspects of the story would you like to know more about? Like to know more about Grace and her past lives.
If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be? Nothing.

1.Tell us more about yourself. I have only been writing since 2009 and wish that I had started years ago.

2.Would you continue on writing this type of genre? Or do you have any plans venturing on other categories? I definitely love the paranormal realm and intend to keep writing in this genre.

3.How many series are they?(any plans for extension? or book side stories for these series?) The Paradox series will be at least 3 books long.  Perhaps longer.

4.The greatest challenge in writing this novel series.  Has only been time.

5.If you're going to be an angel who/what would you be and why? If I were an angle I would want to be the kind that has the ability to guide people through the tough times in their lives.  The times when they feel that all has been lost.

6.Among all the characters which one would you say you can totally relate most or the most you?  Hmmm, I would have to say Grace.

7.When family and friends found out you're writing this and now that it's already published what are their reactions? They were very supportive and surprised.  But then I am too – I never knew I had it in me either.  Some of the reviews have been remarkable.  I still have to pinch myself and remind myself that they are talking about a book that I wrote.

8.Would we see more of Hope? Is she really a real angel or just plain imaginary as grace thought she would be? (coz Abe saw her too and there's this superstition that small kids mainly infant-toddler years saw things an adult couldn't) O_O Hope, as in life, is never too far away – she is an Angel – a Royal Guardian Angle.  And only 3 remain.  And that is true; children often tell stories of seeing Angels and such.  They say that the older you get the more negative and unbelieving you become to things that can’t be explained.  Children don’t need proof or facts.  Children are happy to believe, have faith.

10.Major influences in writing?  I really admire Anne Rice.  More recently though I have just finished reading book 1 in the Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.  I love his worlds and the way he describes them.

11.(As I've read on your book which addresses a lot of issues I would like to know)How did you managed to push through all that?  I mean how did you muster the courage in order to kept moving forward esp. during those tough times (heartaches) and what's your advice to people who are currently dealing with their dilemmas/issues?  I found writing those chapters the most rewarding.  I like writing about raw emotion.  The darker side of life’s situations.  And the struggle to free yourself from its grip. But I realized I couldn’t make the book all about doom and gloom.  Hence the lighter moments between Grace and Angela.  Some readers have told me that parts of the story made them cry.  Now that pleased me no end.  Knowing that I had been able to reach inside readers like that with just words was a huge accomplishment to me.  When I have read books and the words have made me cry, I used to think to myself, now that is a talented writer.  I never thought in a million years that I would ever be able to write like that.  Some parts of the book made me cry writing it, so I’m glad that if had that effect on readers.
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