Britbear’s Book Reviews is thrilled to interview Lacy Sereduk about her novel, Discernment (FREE on Amazon until 27 Dec 14!), in today’s author spotlight.
In Discernment, Johanna Parks is scared. She’s scared like everybody else; maintaining an income, having a decent relationship, and all the normal things. But Johanna is also terrified. There are things that come in the dark, footsteps outside the door, voices in the night. A life time of suffering from night terrors tells her that it’s normal and it will all be okay when the sun comes up again. As injuries and other-worldly apparitions come more frequently, Johanna realizes, she’s not only visited by spooky sounds, she may even be visited by death itself.
I recently had the pleasure to interview Lacy about her novel and writing process.
How did you come up with the title for your Discernment series?
My ex-husband actually recommended it as a title because the underlying issue that the main character faces is how to discern reality from her disorder.
Is there a message in your novel that you’d like your readers to come away with after reading your book(s)?
Even if someone may look and function completely normally on the outside, the internal and unseen fight that they may be embattled with could be very powerful, and at times, overwhelming.
Are the experiences in your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Almost every experience in the book is based on my own real life experiences. I altered some of them and [the] characters to protect some of the very real people that would have been affected by [a more] accurate telling of events.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your novel(s) to life?
The biggest challenge was [in] reliving some of the most terrifying experiences while attempting to convey them.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I think that my favorite character is Noel. The main character meets her during a time when she really needs someone to accept her for who and how she is. Noel represents that there are a lot of people still out there that won’t immediately jump to judgement.
How about your least favorite character? What makes him/her less appealing to you?
My least favorite character would probably be Scott Millietti. Even writing about him made me cringe at the type of person he was on the inside. A lot of women seek stable, supportive relationships and, sadly, run into guys like Scott without realizing just how much of a dirtball they really are.
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorites, but I’d have to say that Alexandre Dumas is my all-time favorite. His ability to paint graphic pictures and convey deep emotions in his work is what is most striking to me.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on finished book three in the series so a few more answers about Johanna’s “hauntings” are likely to come.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
The biggest thing that they can do is recommend it to friends and family and continue to help me push the boundaries of getting it more visible to potential readers.
Is there anything else you’d like for readers of this interview to know?
Yeah. Living a life like the main characters is hard. It’s terrifying and it’s difficult. Ultimately, having the power to discern between what you see and what’s really in front of you can mean the difference between life and death. Any reader that is or knows someone that is afflicted with the same or a similar disorder should know that there is help out there, there are people who believe in what you see, and there’s hope. For everyone else, I sincerely hope you enjoy the ride.
Here’s where you can find out more about Lacy’s journey online:
DOWNLOAD DISCERNMENT BOOK ONE FREE ON AMAZON UNTIL 27 DECEMBER 14!!!
Lacy Sereduk is a supernatural/suspense novelist who writes books based on her own life experiences gathered by living with a night terror disorder. Her first novel, Discernment, set the stage for the following novels that tell the story of Johanna Parks as she attempts to live with the same disorder and not succumb to the challenges she faces.