Sarena and Sasha Nanua are teenage twins living in Ontario. They love reading books in their spare time and enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels. They have been writing books since they were nine-years-old. The Gemstone is their first novel.
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The Gemstone (Book 1):
Arica Miller is thrilled to begin her sophomore year at Hill Valley Private Arts Academy. Little does she know that the prestigious school holds more hidden secrets than she'd anticipated—especially with the headmistress.When Arica accidentally comes into contact with a mysterious gemstone necklace, she receives strange hallucinations that connect to her family's past. She soon realizes it is no regular necklace, but a necklace that contains power beyond her knowledge. Things take an even more dangerous turn when she is absorbed with knowledge of a world of sorcery.Follow Arica as she faces suspicious friends, monstrous creatures, and struggles to come to terms with the truth of her family's connection with sorcery. Can she defeat a powerful enemy keen on getting the gemstones?Unravel the intriguing answer as you witness Arica’s thrilling journey in The Gemstone!
The King’s Jewel (Book 2):
After an unthinkable battle, Arica Miller is bursting with questions. The last thing she expected was to go to the source of all magic—the Sorcerers Underworld. She soon realizes the magical world is facing an immense threat: The king’s crown, also known as the Jewel, has been stolen by an unknown thief. And what’s worse, the gemstones have been taken by a magical flood that has a suspicious link to the headmistress.
Now Arica and her cousins are summoned to go on a dangerous search that leads them to the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. If Arica wishes to return home, she must find the gemstones and unlock the mystery of the Jewel’s thief; but what she doesn’t realize is that the culprit could be closer to her than she’d ever imagined....
Follow Arica in a new quest to unravel the mystery of The King's Jewel!
The Poisoned Emerald (Book 3):
As winter arrives Arica Miller is back to regular school life at Hill Valley. After resolving the disappearance of the King’s Jewel and returning it safely, Arica doesn’t expect anything else to go wrong. Too soon does Arica learn that a great evil—a poison—has spread through the Sorcerers Underworld, threatening to take away all magic. And worse, the only person who can save the magical world has been kidnapped: the king.
In order to find the king, Arica and her friends must follow an ancient prophecy in which they must defeat vicious creatures, travel through mysterious forests, and restore peace to the poisoned land—no matter how dangerous it could be … In this final installment of The Pendant Trilogy, Arica learns of dark pasts, unknowable futures, and the truth of the pendant’s origin. Arica doesn’t have much time left—and if she fails, the mortal and the magical worlds are both at stake. In order to find the king, Arica and her friends must follow an ancient prophecy in which they must defeat vicious creatures, travel through mysterious forests, and restore peace to the poisoned land—no matter how dangerous it could be … In this final installment of The Pendant Trilogy, Arica learns of dark pasts, unknowable futures, and the truth of the pendant’s origin. Arica doesn’t have much time left—and if she fails, the mortal and the magical worlds are both at stake.
1. What is your process for co-writing?
When we co-write, we tend to switch things up every once in a while. One of us will usually work on one scene while the other does something else, then we’ll switch spots, review the other’s work, and fix it. We actually think it’s a lot easier to co-write than it is to write by ourselves because then we have someone else to help with the heavy load. Plus, then we can bounce ideas off each other, and it makes for interesting talk and book ideas!
2. Do you think you two will ever write separately?
Maybe one day we will. We’ve already written small things separately, like short stories, but never full novels. But for now, we have a lot of fun writing together, and I think we’ll be doing that for a while. J
3. If your main character had a twitter, what would their most used hashtag be?
Arica Miller, the main character of THE GEMSTONE, loves archery, drama, and all that stuff. So maybe #amacting instead of #amreading? Because she doesn’t get time to read that often when she’s off saving the world or is busy in drama class. (High school probs.)
4. What TV shows do you watch?
Our favourites include Once Upon A Time, Survivor, Arrow, The Flash, Chopped, and pretty much every other Food Network show. (We’re huge foodies.)
5. How long did it take for you write your book?
For our first book, THE GEMSTONE, it took six months to write the first draft. It took another year and half to fix it and submit it for publishing! Usually we can write the bulk of our books in 1-2 months if we’re given the time, like summer vacation!
6. For those who enjoyed your book, what other books would you recommend for them?
We’d recommend other books with supernatural/magical elements, like The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong!
7. What inspired your book?
The inspiration for THE GEMSTONE came from the same book we mentioned above, THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong. In summer of 2010, Sarena was looking at the cover of that book and an image of interlocking gemstones with magical powers came into her mind. (You’ll know the importance of this when you read the book.) We began to flesh out the book in July of 2010 and started writing in August!
8. Why do you love YA?
We love YA because we can connect to the characters so well, especially since we’re teens. But even if we weren’t teens, we think we would still love the genre, considering we love middle grade books with younger characters. YA contains so many exciting subgenres and there are so many amazingly written books in the YA realm like Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, so how could you not love it?
9. What is your favorite classic novel?
Sarena’s is 1984 by George Orwell, and Sasha’s is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, we’re working on a new YA book that we wrote in November of 2014 for Nano! We’re currently editing that novel and will hopefully be querying in June! We’re so excited. All we can say is that it’s a YA mystery and—gasp—doesn’t have magic!
Thanks for the awesome interview, Dana! We had a lot of fun doing it.