Hello and a Happy New Year to everyone! I’m Nadine Mutas, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Genre-istas and blogging about all things books, reading, writing, and life around these favorite subjects of mine.
I write paranormal romances filled with magic, witches, demons, and all things that go bump in the night. Because – let’s face it – I never really grew up and love stories with a little extra something to spice up reality. I mourn the fact that I have to live in a world without magic, so I compensate by spinning tales and building worlds with endless possibilities and intriguing depths of powers. Every story I’ve ever thought up had a paranormal twist, and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t even know how to write a story without magic in it. Paranormal romance is also the genre I love reading the most, which is not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional historical, erotic romance, or urban fantasy.
A little background info about me: Being a German native, I moved to the United States with my husband and my two cats in 2012, and now live in Oregon, where I’m enjoying the mild climate and even the rain (which really isn’t as perpetual as reports led me to believe before I came here. Seriously, it’s not worse than Berlin. And you get cold winters and snow in addition to rain over there, which is just mean. I’d take rain over snow any day of the year). I’ve been thinking up stories and collecting ideas since I could speak, but I only started writing with a professional goal in mind three years ago.
The first novel I ever finished will probably always remain safely tucked away in my drawer (I’ve read through it again recently – some major facepalming ensued…), but the second book I completed went on to win a bunch of writing awards and garnered recognition from industry folks. It’s the start of a series (Blood & Magic) set in contemporary Portland, Oregon, where demons and witches clash – and fall in love – amid a changing supernatural landscape.
My goals for 2015 are to finish writing the second book in my Blood & Magic series, and then publish Book 1 and Book 2, and possibly get started with writing the third. If at all possible, I’d also like to squeeze in a novella or two. Or I might just admit that I’m delusional thinking I can achieve these goals with a brand-spanking new baby at home (born in November 2014). Then again, if you don’t set goals that challenge you, you’ll never grow, right?
So, more realistically speaking, I will see how much writing and publishing I will get done while multitasking around an infant, and I’d love to share this journey with you. Thanks in advance for reading my posts and commenting.
As John Lennon put it so succinctly: Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. Looking back at 2014, what were some of the moments where life happened and made achieving your goals harder than you thought?