Friday, 17 February 2017

Q & A with Polina Traore and Dana Kaledin

Never a Dream
by Darren H. Pryce, (Original pseudonym), Polina Traore, Dana Kaledin 

A story about love, but not just a love-story!

“Never a Dream” tells a tale of eternal love, the one that never ends, and lasts longer than one lifetime. The kind of love everyone is searching for… 

Except for, maybe, Matt — he is too busy living the classic rock-star’s dream full of music, drugs and girls. Lots of girls. Life is treating him well, until reality starts to bite.
Rain, on the other hand, is a dreamer She recovers from one failed relationship and, with her eyes wide open, jumps straight into another. Her passion for antiques drags her into a new adventure that, like every castle-builder’s wish, begins in dreams. 

Wishful thinking is not something, Ed is familiar with. His life used to be strictly practical, however, Ed suffers from solitude, that even he fails to recognize. Even in a relationship he is still lonesome. But changing that means changing his whole life. 

Changes are also the thing Charlie is craving for. She’s been playing warm family life for long enough to get tired, so now she is ready for another step. Only she has no idea, where exactly is that step supposed to be leading her, and how many people she might hurt on her way.
In this story everything and everyone is connected, but that’s yet to be learnt.

Darren H. Pryce is a pseudonym for Polina Traore and Dana Kaledin

Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published September 22nd 2016

Find it on Goodreads
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Read It & Reap:  May 30, 2017

Connect with Polina Traore
Goodreads  *  Website  *  Twitter  *  Facebook

Connect with Dana Kaledin
Goodreads  *  Website  *  Twitter  *   Facebook

Q & A with Polina Traore and Dana Kaledin 

Polina: Hi, we are Polina Traore and Dana Kaledin, authors of “Never a Dream” - a love story, a life story. 

Dana: Not just one life. 

Polina: But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
Polina: Well, there are four of them, and we both have something in common with each. 

Dana: There are Charlie, Ed, Matt and Rain - four twenty-something people. 

Polina: All four have to do some serious soul-searching, they have to figure out who they are and what they want. 

Dana: And then there are some serious romantic issues they all have to face. Basically, relationship stuff that is very familiar to most of us.  

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
Polina: Dana does everything regarding design. We are really lucky to have a designer on a writing team. 

Dana: It’s a very fun process, we discuss, I do the sketches, and then we discuss different options, throw in ideas, colors. It’s a creative process like every other part of creating a book.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
Polina: I have a special chair for writing. It’s huge and comfy. But there is no special place for these things.

Dana: Agreed, inspiration can hunt you down anywhere. 

What is the best advice you have been given?
Dana: Hire an editor. 

Polina: Don’t quit your day job. 

Polina: Also, sleep at least 8 hours. But that doesn’t work for writers. We are night creatures. 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Polina: I wanted to be Storm from the X-men. I still do sometimes. 

Dana: I wanted to be a cowgirl, ride a horse and watch the cows somewhere in a field from the “Sounds of music”.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Dana: Paperbacks seem more cozy. Ebooks are more usable, but they don’t really look well on a bookshelf. 

Polina: I prefer to read ebooks, and then get paperbacks anyway. 

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
Polina: Control the weather, hands down. Storm is my idol.

Dana: The ability to teleport would be very fun to have. 

Polly: I want that too… can I switch to being omnipotent? 

What book are you reading now?
Dana: Chapter 78 of “Never a Dream”, the book might be finished, but the work is not completely done just yet.

Polina: I should really read that sometime… sounds like fun. As for me, I’m still struggling with “Graveyard Shift”. The book is a lot of fun, but the timing could be better.


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