Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Author in the spotlight: Nana Prah

Nana Prah 

Please tell us about your writing. Can you explain the title without giving too much away?
Love Through Time is about love disregarding time in order to be found once again. Past lives play a big role in the novel.
What was your journey as a writer?
When I came to Ghana, my friend told me that I should write about my experiences. I did. After that my uncle told me he wanted some children’s stories, so I wrote a few for him. After that I made up a story for a friend in an e-mail about how she would meet her husband, that turned into a full fledged novel that went absolutely nowhere, but it led me to writing more romance novels and now here I am.
I am inspired by authors like Arturo Perez Reverte, Jack Vance, Dan Simmons, Beatrice Small, J.R.R Tolkien, C. S. Lewis. What writers inspire you?
My greatest influences are Elizabeth Peters, who writes the most witty, mystery novels ever. Pearl Cleage, Dorothy Koomson, Terry McMillan, Lavyrl Spencer and of course Janet Evanovich.
What are your future writing goals?
I plan to continue writing romance novels, at least until another genre yanks me away.
Whom do you see as your ideal reader?
Anyone who loves my books. *giggle* Females of all ages, shapes, colors, and fighting skills.
When you have time, what would we find you reading?
Romance for sure. Every once in a while you’ll catch me with a self help book, or a book about spirituality. And in the rare moment, I’ll be reading some other type of fiction.
What do you learn from your writing?
How to enjoy life. My characters live life to the fullest and I like to apply that to my own life.
Who has been your biggest supporter?
The authors at Black Opal Books have been fantastic. But I have to shout out Empi Baryeh and Debbie Christiana. They are so patient and helpful when I have a question (and I tend to have a lot of those). And I must add you Zrinka who shares everything I put out there.
How are you promoting your work?
My publicist is handling that. *laughing* I created a blog tour with awesome bloggers like you, Zrinka. For the whole month of August I’m hopping from blog to blog talking about myself (I love it).
What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or that you shouldn’t write. If you feel it is something you desire to do, then do it. What do you have to lose?
Where can our readers find a copy of your work?
And finally, as an author, do you have any quirks or habits that help you write better?
Other than eating loads of chocolate so that I get a little hyper as I write, nope.
Thank you for being my guest today. I wish you the best of luck with your writing. 
Thank you so much for having me on your blog Zrinka. I've enjoyed answering all of your wonderful questions. I actually want more.

Defending her family – no problem. Recalling past lives – maybe just a small problem. Taking a chance on love again – well…

Jasmine Gibson has her world turned upside down when she meets gorgeous Sean Taylor. He’s the first man she’s been attracted to since her fianc√© dumped her two years ago. But when the disturbing daydreams start, Jasmine begins to fear that her actions in a past life may have finally caught up with her.

Sean finds it impossible to stay away from Jasmine even though he can’t shake the inexplicable feeling of betrayal, simmering deep inside him every time he sees her.

To complicate things, someone is out to hurt Jasmine and every time she and Sean are together, the police have to be called. Even if Jasmine can make Sean trust her, the two of them may not stay alive long enough to enjoy their love this time around.


She was coming to terms about their past lives, but he was having trouble just dealing with her in this one.

“I must have been a great man in previous life,” Sean said jokingly, but Jasmine’s expression turned serious as she held onto the doorpost. “Are you all right? Are you getting lightheaded?”

“No, I’m fine.”
But he could tell something was bothering her. “Now you’re holding something back from me.”

“Do you believe in past lives?”

“I haven’t thought about it. I’ve seen so much in my travels around the world that I wouldn’t be surprised if it existed. Do you?”

“I think it might exist, and the thought about coming back and making your soul better is very appealing. At the same time it could be painful, especially if you hurt someone else in a past life and met them again in another.”

Sean felt a chill go up his spine. He knew there was something more to this conversation, but he couldn’t pin point it. He wanted to stay and talk with her about it, but he had to get back to studying.

He leaned down and kissed her cheek. It was nothing but a friendly kiss, but he felt the shock of it straight down to the soles of his feet. Jasmine looked just as affected as he was.

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Twitter: @NanaPrah

Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US and currently resides in Ghana where she loves her job as a writer and nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research into writing her own romance novels where love always conquers all.

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  1. Another awesome interview, ladies. Thanks for the sweet mention, Nana, Black Opal Books authors are a great group and it's a pleasure to support everyone.

    1. You are more than welcome Debbie. It is always good to see you stalking, um, I meant supporting me. lol.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me, Zrinka. It feels weird not to be here on a Manly Monday, but I like it.

    1. It's always a pleasure hosting one of my fellow Black Opal authors or as someone called us Blackopians. Can't wait to finish books on my list so I can fully delve into yours.

  3. Great interview, Nana! I have to admit, chocolate is one of my favorites when writing, too.

  4. Thanks, Aneta. Nothing beats chocolate

  5. Again, another wonderful interview, Zrinka and Nana!!!