In the months that I was writing and editing The Enchanted Rose I kept searching for a designer who could successfully showcase the book effectively. I spent hours researching Book Cover designers and perusing countless DeviantArt galleries. I talked to several designers but they didn’t quite get what I wanted.
As soon as I saw Consuelo Parra‘s DeviantArt portfolio I knew she was the designer for the Misty Hillsseries.
We worked together on a few covers and I can’t wait until the rest of the series is finalized so I can showcase her wonderful work.
But for now let’s admire the Consuelo’s beautiful cover, shot by talented photographer Cathleen Tarawhiti with the beautiful model Danielle Lightfoot.
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
On the 1st of August 2013, my first novella Pretty into Fashion went live. I was super excited. It was the first work I self-published.
Nadia Nader Pretty into Fashion a Love in Kuwait Novella Part 1
Today, on the 23rd of September 2014, I decided to unpublish it. I’m super sad. But I believe I made the right decision.
Back when I first published Pretty into Fashion, I thought I was going to published my full-length novels shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The reasons for that are numerous and too lengthy to detail. The short version is: I let life get in the way. I procrastinated like crazy.
Last month, I was scheduled to publish my first novel. But, I still felt it wasn’t ready. I’m taking the time now to go over it and try to fix as much as I can. There are still many parts that I am not 100% satisfied with. I’m hoping it will be ready to be published in the next couple of months. When it is published, I don’t want to confuse readers with two different genres. I want to try to build up a loyal following of readers slowly and it would help to set one clear genre in the beginning.
That’s not to say that I’m never going to switch between genres. I’m going to experiment with genres. I’m already doing it over several WIPs. I would love to write pure fantasy but I also want to experiment, learn, and grow as a writer instead of limiting myself to one genre and staying on ‘brand’ the whole time. For the time being I think it would be smarter for me to not confuse my readers since I’m still just starting out.
Even though my head says it makes sense, my heart is still sad.
I went to Al Muthana Complex today to hunt for some books at The Kuwait Bookshops. It’s been several months since I’ve last been there. I felt compelled to go there today for some reason.
When I walked into the store I noticed stacks and stacks of books piled up. Multiple copies of books formed little mountains all over the place. I noticed them because they were in the way & most of them had to do with Kuwait.
I asked the staff why all the books were out, thinking the answer would be a simple inventory check. But to my surprise, they told me that there was a high chance they were going to shut down. That the likelihood was they were going to shut down unless someone bought the company.
This bummed me out. This is officially the last remaining bookstore from my childhood. The ones I used to visit in Salmiya have already disappeared years ago. This was my last remaining link to my childhood bookworm self.
I know it isn’t the end of the world. There are new bookstores popping up like Q8Bookstore, a used books store at Bayt Lothan. Jarir (forever a newbie to me) is still in Hawalli. That-El-Salasel/W.H. Smith hybrid has several stores around Kuwait in the airport, Avenues Mall, and honestly locations that are more convenient for me. I understand how and why this has happened.
It still makes me sad.
This is the end of an era.
This is the place I was able to buy comics, novels, and research books.
As I stood at the cashier, paying for my selection of books, I asked them for their number so that I could be updated on the situation.
They told me the landline had already been disconnected.