About the Author
NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
1. What inspired the idea for Fawkes?
Well, I’ve always loved the idea of old London filled with duels and intrigue and the fantastical. But the true spark behind writing this story came from some of today’s turbulent cultural changes. I found myself examining the difference between standing for what you believe in versus digging for truth. It’s so easy to get caught in the whirlwind of other people’s opinions or passions and—in the midst of a culture that had multiple opposing sides—I constantly found myself having to seek truth and get to the core of things for myself. It can be a very lonely journey and I wanted to capture that through a story.
2. What do you want readers to take away from Fawkes?
I want them to come away from it inspired to be bold, but also understanding that there are two (and sometimes three, four, or five) sides to every story. Even in battles (physical, emotional, online), we are all still humans and can still be unified even if we disagree. In short: I want to inspire deeper love for each other—no matter our disagreements or differences.
3. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to cook! And walk. When I’m not writing, I’m usually exploring the grocery aisles or the back roads of my little town. :)
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