Meet Ariel Pakizer, a very artistic and creative woman, with a talent for creating interesting characters and making them real in our minds. We know Ariel very well here at Miss Millennia. She is not only our Social Media Manager, but also our go to person for photography and creative copy. When Ariel told us she wrote a novel I’ll we were not surprised. This girl has so many talents up her sleeve.
[quote]And yeah, I’ve had ideas bloom in my head, thinking about dinner one moment and a world living in my mind the next; characters have walked into my thoughts and chattered away until I relented and penned their story.[/quote]
About the Book
Lights glare in her eyes; she tries blinking them away. Her foot swings in front of her and the world spins around her. Her world spins around her. A warm liquid touches her skin. The moan of a siren, the smell of wood, the beat of a heart, the cold body beneath soft fingertips—cold; bodies are supposed to be warm…
Ballerina Calissa Delano Lavalle lost her mother in a car accident, and now she struggles to dance. Her coach recommends Calissa take a break, but, without dancing, nothing can distract Calissa from her mother’s absence and the distance her father’s placed between them. Calissa tries pulling the unraveling threads of her life together, but even her friends slip away.
Weighted with the past, she cannot move forward, until something new invades. Animals have started following Calissa. Her life takes a dangerous turn where the supernatural becomes real. Two beautiful and undoubtedly lethal boys will change Calissa’s life, tangling her past and future, endangering her friends and family, and forcing Calissa to search inside herself and discover what it means to be human.
[dropcap]Who am I?[/dropcap]
Well, that has to be one of thee hardest questions to answer. How can I tell someone who I am when I’m not sure myself? I can give you facts, which might color the canvas that is “me”, but they’re just a surface image. The person behind the picture, well, I’m still trying to figure her out. But, I’ll paint “me” using facts anyways.
Majoring in English, I’ve attended three colleges but maintained a 4.0 GPA (thus far). I have Irish and Native American blood with some Slovak thrown in. I’m a Christian and a Michigander at heart. I’ve got a great family and have co-authored some books with my sister. A little dramatic and chronically sarcastic, I’m not too different from everyone else.
[quote]I pour my soul into every story I’ve written and am excited to share Iron & Glass. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do. [/quote]
Writing novels since I was nine, I’ve been obsessed with characters for as long as I can remember. J.R.R. Tolkien breathed a love of fantasy and all things mythical into me. A fan of history, mythology, the unexplained, and music, I’m a dork who freaks out and gets far too emotionally attached to characters in TV shows and books.
I pour my soul into every story I’ve written and am excited to share Iron & Glass. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do. I plan on continuing my career as an author, but even if no one wants to read what I write, I’ll keep writing anyways. I don’t really have a choice.
[dropcap]What inspired you to write Iron & Glass?[/dropcap]
Stories come from all places. Sometimes they drop from the sky and hit you like brick. Other times they come in pieces. Iron & Glass started with Calissa, and she’s a private person. She told me her story a little at time. Once she finally opened up, the world fell into place. It wasn’t a “hit by lightening” moment, more like putting a puzzle together without the box. You finish, step back, and finally see the whole thing, and it’s kind of beautiful. And yeah, I’ve had ideas bloom in my head, thinking about dinner one moment and a world living in my mind the next; characters have walked into my thoughts and chattered away until I relented and penned their story. I’ve even had scenes come to me in dreams, reliving them night after night until I write it down.
Calissa came in pieces, tiptoeing around my head until she finally sat down and guided me through this story: a sad ballerina with a past I didn’t know, dangerous creatures whose faces I couldn’t distinguish, and her friends with endings I didn’t want but couldn’t change. Every bit I learned pulled me further into Calissa’s world, and while this story threw me for a loop, headed one way then jerked into another, it resulted in Calissa’s story exactly how it happened and remains the more truthful account of it that I can write.
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