Today we’re sitting down with indie author Bonnie Synclaire, her social media links will be down at the end of the interview so if you want, you can check her out and she might just be your next favourite author. Anyway, let’s get into the interview.
Tell me a little bit about your book. Let’s focus on your characters. Who are they? What are they doing in your novel?
Promises We Break is a young adult realistic fiction novel. It is my third book but my first full-length novel.
The story follows two main characters, Zoe and Marley, who find unexpected refuge (and love?) in each other while protecting their nonverbal-autistic siblings from their fears. Particularly, Zoe is protecting her sister Bailey from bullies and is wary about her future, and Marley is protecting his brother Monty from their painful home life. This story also has themes of friendship, family, love, acceptance, and change.
What and who inspired you to write this book?
This book was inspired by my twin brother who lives with nonverbal autism. I also decided I had to write this story after reading A List of Cages by Robin Roe, and Be The Girl by K.A. Tucker, which are a few of my favourite books.
If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie writer, what would it be?
One piece of advice is to keep studying your craft, whether it be from YouTube, writing workshops, conferences, because there is always something new to learn, and the publishing industry is always evolving and changing. Also, never give up. Writing can be a very lonely job but it is so rewarding in the end.
When did you write your first book/story and how old were you?
I wrote my first novella, Rogue, when I was 15 during NaNoWriMo and published it shortly after I turned 16. Story-wise, I’ve been writing since I was four and started entering competitions in third grade.
Do you use any special writing software? If so, what is it and what are a few of your favourite perks of it?
I use Google Docs with a few add ons and highly recommend this for writers on a budget or those who do not have the funds for expensive software. I love how I can work online, offline, and on my phone with the app, and everything is synced seamlessly.
My favourite add-ons that I think every writer should have are Better Word Count, EasyBib, OneLook Thesaurus, Page Sizer, and Screenplay Formatter.
Do you only write for books or do you have plans to possibly branch out into writing for other mediums?
I only write books but am currently looking into TV writing and screenwriting as another hobby. Also, I will study Professional/Technical Writing in college and have a career interest in being a technical writer for a major company such as Google.
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
My favourite part of the writing process is outlining and writing the rough draft; anything can happen in the story and anything can be changed or made better.
Bonnie Synclaire is the author of Promises We Break, an instant Amazon #1 New Release and Kindle bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Fiction About Special Needs, 5 days in a row. She also wrote several award-winning short stories for the Reflections® contests, one receiving a state title, and moved on to publishing The Genesis Files thriller series at 16 years old, which is currently undergoing revamping.
She is featured in TribLive, Saturday Light Brigade's Youth Express Radio 2x, the Young Eager Writers Association, and Turn The Page Authors. Bonnie's books have her storytelling trademarks of memorable characters, gripping plots, raw emotions, and many twists you won't see coming.
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