Book & Author Details:
Palace Hills by S. Briones Lim
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: September 9th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Palace Hills. The very name struck shivers down the spine of the affluent city of Goldendale.
Unfortunately, eighteen-year-old Nina Sharman has no choice but to call the poverty-stricken neighborhood her new home.
Life seems bleak until a chance meeting with Conner Hale changes her mind and captures her heart, leading her to believe that maybe Palace Hills wasn’t so bad after all.
However, one tragic case of mistaken identity changes everything and leads to an event so horrifying that Nina believes she could never recover.
Choosing to leave Conner behind, Nina vows never to return to Palace Hills again.
Five years later, Nina has a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life. Yet, still haunted by the ghosts of her past, Nina finds she must return to Palace Hills to put an end to a nightmare, which has haunted her for years.
Upon her return, one vital slip in judgement threatens to bring the life she had worked so hard to build to come crashing down.
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Thanks to her Mom's unwavering devotion to read a bedtime story to her every single night throughout her childhood years, S. BRIONES LIM's love for books began before she could even speak. Author of the Life Force Trilogy, S. Briones Lim's other obsessions include time with family, POPCORN, sketching, movies and her pug, Tobi. She currently lives on the East Coast with her husband and continues to write everyday.
Interview Courtesy Brandee Marie Newmiller
You've been an author now for quite some time and I'd like to congratulate you for recently becoming a published author, that's quite an achievement! I'm sure you’re very thrilled. I would like to ask you some questions about your writing in general and also about your first published book, Palace Hills.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book, Green: A Life Force Novel, which was self-published in 2013, was actually inspired by a very vivid and detailed dream. It’s funny because I actually keep a pseudo-dream journal on my phone and just days ago I found my entry for this specific dream! It was dated January 29, 2013 and the book was released July 2013 :)
- Do you have a specific writing style?
I actually tend to write in first-person narrative more often than not. Though I do have a few stories that aren’t written in this style, I tend to gravitate towards it. I have a degree and Psychology and have always held a fascination with the motivation behind certain behaviors. I think this is the reason why I love first-person narrative. It’s a way for both me and the reader to enter the main characters’ minds and see what makes them tick.
- If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What’s awesome about being a Limitless Publishing author is the close-knit team/network we all have. I can count on this amazing and talented team for guidance, knowledge and support. I don’t have one specific mentor but a whole team’s worth :)
- Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I actually just finished writing a Contemporary Romance set on the sunny coast of California (where I grew up). It is currently being beta-read and revised, but I hope to submit it to my publisher soon!
- Let's talk about your brand new book, Palace Hills. How did you come up with your idea to write it?
I actually came up with the idea back in my early 20s. I knew I always wanted to be an author and would often come up with many different stories, but unfortunately I’d never have the time to sit down and write them out. Back in 2006 I’d seen different movies, books, and TV shows on urban life and decay. The setting really intrigued me and inspired me. I wanted to take the urban setting and infuse it with a romance story. Palace Hills was the final product of this fusion :) Since it had been eight years since I originally thought of the plot, Palace Hills has grown and morphed quite a bit, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
- What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical, if any) in bringing it to life?
I think the biggest obstacle was to shape Nina Sharman (the main character) and represent her in a way that made readers understand and empathize with her as opposed to becoming angry with her. She goes through a lot of trauma and turmoil that can really break person and I wanted to readers to understand this and realize how strong she really is despite these tribulations.
- Is there any message you want us, as readers, to take away from this story?
The main theme of this book is self-forgiveness. We’ve all done something in our lives that we regret and often these regrets are what stifle our growth. I want my readers to realize that our past does not necessarily define our future.
- Again, congratulations on Palace Hills and your writing career so far and we hope to one day see something on the "big screen"! Do you see it happening one day, whether it is Palace Hills or another?
It is one of my biggest dreams to see one of my stories on the big screen :) My writing method involves imagining each scene as if it were a movie playing out. From the scenery, the small details and of course the characters! It would be awesome to see any of my books as a movie! I can only hope this really happens one day :)
- Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to thank my readers wholeheartedly for reading my books. As a bookworm myself it’s awesome to think that there are other bibliophiles delving into my stories. It’s really such an honor and I am SO thankful for every single one of my readers.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. Write your hearts out. Just let your mind loose and see where it takes you! You’ll be surprised to see what you come up with :)
Thank you for your time and look forward to reading more from you in the future! ;)
Thank you for having me!
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