29 June, 2020

#Interview with @danielnewwyn, #Author of The Colour of Your Voice #SocialAwareness

*** Special Feature - June 2020***

Quick Recap:
1st June - Introducing Daniel Newwyn
22nd June -  Tips I Use For Writing

About the Book:
Check out the Book on Amazon
What happens when a call girl and a death row prisoner fall in love?

Violet Pham can see sounds. The brown chirps of the sparrows dance with the colors of their feathers. The green blobs from her mother weave into her squeaky berates.

She believes she was born to become a painter but after being labeled as a burden by everyone around her, she questions that belief. The colors around the sounds become a curse rather than a gift. With her future unsettled and her family mired in debt, there is only one solution: run away from everything.

That’s when she meets Turner Nguyen. He’s everything she wishes she could be—an iron will and a flint heart. There’s only one thing wrong with him. He’s at the center of gang wars, uses his fists to collect debts, and makes his money off the addiction of others.

Soon, the sound of his words paints Violet’s world with the ugly shade of disaster. Where will they go from here?

'The Color of Your Voice' is a tragic, depressing love story that speaks to the lows of human experience. It deals with themes of self-esteem, desperation, and salvation. If this is your cup of tea, then this book is for you.

Interview with Daniel Newwyn

What inspires you to write?

It’s mostly my desire to turn my feelings into words. Although I don’t have too many problems with verbal conversations, but I always preferred writing things down. I feel like too many things get lost in usual conversations, and I want to tell stories in its fullest.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a Literary Fiction named Melanchoid. Check out its tentative synopsis here:

When your dreams and your heart have been shattered, how far will you go to regain your pride?
L is supposed to be a genius—she learned AutoCAD by the age of 12, then earned a scholarship into the most prestigious architectural university in the City. However, her life spirals out of control after she fails to land an architectural job. After L gets into a huge fight with her boyfriend that spells the death of their relationship, she decides that she can't stay in the City any longer. Without a second thought, she packs up and leaves to embark on an aimless venture.
When L reaches a coastal village so remote it doesn't even have a name on the map, she collapses on the sands. On the verge of dying from a heat stroke, she's saved by a bizarre old man named G, whose passion is to sit and pray in front of a Moon God for hours. The man has a special knack, though—he's the best fisherman L has ever seen. G offers herself a second chance to become someone worthy, a chance to become the master of the old man's craft.
As L struggles to adjust to her new life, she befriends X, a happy-go-lucky teenage girl with the chirpiest sense of adventure. Together, they find the answer to the trickiest mysteries the Ocean has to offer. However, there's one question that L has yet to solve—
Her purpose in life.
As her inner desire to return to the City beckons, L faces a difficult decision. Will she leave the life she once had for good, or will she desist her love for the Ocean?

Please share three interesting facts about the characters in your book.

I’ll pick one fact for each character in my three books.

Violet Pham in “The Color of Your Voice” has synesthesia, meaning she perceive an additional sense along with the noises. For Violet, noises always go along with colors.
The ring that X gives L near the end of “Melanchoid” is actually given to X by her grandmother before she passed. X’s grandmother had told her to give it only to the person that would forever steal X’s heart.
Alexei Vronsky in “The Last Woman on Earth” had a mind that works so fast, in his ‘enhanced human’ mode, he can calculate the speed of gunshot in a millisecond.

If you could pick any famous author to review your book who would you pick and why?

I’d pick Tom Rob Smith. I have always admired his talent for writing thrillers since I read his book “Child 44”. And I would love to hear what he has to say about my War novel which takes place in Russia.

Name three things that you believe are important to character development?

Motive. A character needs to have a motive, either realistic, absurd, or plain silly. But character that chases their motive is a character that moves forward.
Conflict. Now it’s nice that the character has a motive, but they will have to face adversities to get there. The conflict can be grand, like saving the world kind of grand, or it can be simple like parting with their favorite dog. Whatever it is, the character needs to make a difficult decision to get out of that situation.
Backstory. This is what happened before Chapter 1, but isn’t necessary told early on. It can decide what shapes the character as they are today.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so what helps you to get over it?

Yes. I think every writer has experienced this at some point. I usually just pause that project for a while and turn to something else, whether it be another project, other hobbies, work, or simply enjoying myself. I make sure to only come back to address the writer’s block when the words in the document look so alien they seem to no longer be my own. It works.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?

Editing. I think most writers dread this part, but I find much joy in reading my work again, picking up small errors, and reworking sections I am not satisfied with. Another re-edited draft is another boost to my confidence as a writer. I must have edited “The Color of Your Voice” at least a hundred times, no joke!

Do you know the ending of your books before you finish writing them?

Oftentimes, yes. Sometimes, no. Like for “The Color of Your Voice”, I had a vision at the very start. The story couldn’t have ended differently for me.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Good writing is rewriting. No matter how good you think your first draft is, it most likely sucks. Come back to your first draft in a few weeks and you’ll see what I mean.

About the Author:
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Daniel Newwyn is an aspiring writer, a professional eSports gamer, and a translator. His works in Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller, and Humor have won a number of online awards, and are listed among the promising Undiscovered Writers of Wattpad. As of current, he is the chief content producer of insightful eSport contents such as Hearthstone Rankstar Wild Report. Daniel earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Sydney, and is on his way to complete his PhD in Psychology.

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