{Guest Post/Giveaway} Bethany Lopez discusses writing NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

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Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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How I Came Up with the Idea for NISSA 
by Bethany Lopez

How I came up with the idea for NISSA:

I came up with the idea for NISSA while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office in Nov 2011.
I took some notes on my phone:

-            Teenaged Fairy Godmother
-            Mission is a bullied teen
-            Fairy falls for her mission’s older brother
-            Love determined by Fate

After that, I wrote the first five chapters and took them with me to the Southern California Writer’s Conference. I took the pages with me to the Rogue Critiques. What this is, is a meeting at 9 pm, with a group of writers and one moderator. The moderator for my group was Romance Writer Laura Taylor. She had us submit the first five pages, she read them aloud to the group, then we all gave a critique.

I was terrified. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or not, and I wanted to get some feedback before I continued writing the story. The feedback was good. They thought my idea was an original one and they gave me some great advice on how to make it better. Still, I put it aside and didn’t finish the first draft until Camp NaNoWriMo in June.

I loved the world building aspect of Nissa's story. I enjoyed researching fairies, forests, and magic. I really wanted to make the story believable, but magical at the same time.

I had more beta readers on this book than all of my other books combined I think, lol. All in all it took me a year and a half from idea to publication. I love the feel of NISSA. I think it is a light, fun, and uplifting story.
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  NISSA: A Contemporary Fairy Tale
Author: Random Jordan
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Bethany Lopez
SUMMARY:

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence, her future is bleak. 

To complicate matters, Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?


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