Being a twin herself, Yassy F felt inspired to write a book about two extraordinary twins who have to overcome everything life throws at them. As our Author of the Day, she tells us why she decided to write about twins with telepathic abilities, how she tapped into experiences from her own life to write this story and reveals what she is working on now.
Please give us a short introduction to what A Twin's Redemption is about.
It is a story about two twins who go on an adventure to save themselves and others while battling bullies, sickness and unsupportive parents. The story moves from a 4-year-old perspective to an old aged perspective. Because of the life the twins live, at the age of 4 they could be considered to have the brains of tenth graders. It is a romantic and dramatic page turner that will leave you feeling peaceful.
Tell us more about Mildred and Angelica. What makes them tick?
These are not ordinary twins. In fact, they are smarter than anyone in their kindergarten. Imagine learning about the whole world, by yourself, before you turned four in a house that was much like a prison cell.
What inspired you to write about twins who have the ability to read minds and communicate psychically?
I am a twin myself. I thought it would be a good topic to write about. Although telepathy is not real, my sister and I have a very strong bond, much like the one that Angelica and Mildred have.
Why do you call A Twin's Redemption "A Story of Hope?"
I wrote this on the title to show and inform the reader to have hope that the story will end well and that the twins will be okay at the end. Or maybe there is a little twist which I don't want to specify yet...
The story starts when the twins are only four years old. Why this early?
This is the age when they began to realize what was happening with them in their lives. As soon as they walked through those kindergarten doors and met Mr. Humble, they knew their relationship with their parents was not right.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I am a long distance runner. No real secrets after this.
You are also a twin. How much of your own experiences have you written into this story?
I have suffered depression and anxiety over the past years so a bit of how I felt also went into the story.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Bullying is not okay. Stand up for yourself. Always hope for a better future.
A Twin's Redemption is your first published book. What has the experience been like?
It has been a slow process. Some days you get many sales and other days not so many. I have had many compliments on the story that it has been a great read, a page turner and a book that cannot be put down until the end.
When working on a novel, how do you immerse yourself in the main characters' lives?
I pretend I am the main character hence why I always write in the first person.
How do you force yourself to finish what you're doing before starting the next project when the new idea is nagging at you?
I look at the future and tell myself to give up. If I need a break from a project, I will take a few weeks off if I have to. I will always write down ideas I might have about other projects and sometimes I end up incorporating them into the project anyway that I am working on presently.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? Favorite writing spot, time of day to write, a ritual before you start writing?
Not really. Quietly in my room with the door shut and no noise around.
What are you working on right now?
The second book in the "Story of Sienna Lawson Series" - My Father's World.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
Visit my amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Yassy-F/e/B00WTGW330