When Lydia and Santina were 14 years old they noticed they were starting to forget the stories, the characters and the families they had made up and they didn’t want to forget, they wanted to always remember the adventures they went on when they played, pretending they were witches who lived in a magical place. The twins decided to put down all their adventures they had had, all the characters and the families they had made up on paper so they would always remember them.
While writing their book they were suddenly aware that they had a passion for it, and realized they didn’t want their stories to be hidden, to just be shared between themselves. They wanted to share the families they had created, the adventures, the characters with the world. The twins wanted to share their love of writing, their magic and write for a living.
Lydia and Santina worked on their first novel (The Dawsons) for ten years, adding to the story, maturing and professionalizing it, editing it and trying their best to make it as perfect as a manuscript can be before they approached the self-publishing company Xlibris in October 2016. The twins knew that self-publishing a book is not cheap so they saved up for years, working at Gloss Cosmetics, Coles, etc. to earn the money that would help them to publish their first novel.
Lydia and Santina’s book The Dawsons was finally self-published with Xlibris Publishing in April 2017. The twins went through a crazy, exhilarating ride making their book a reality, and haven’t regretted taking all the nerve-racking risks in the hopes of being successful. They have been trying to get as many people as possible to know about their book, contacting radio and television stations, bookstores, newspapers and social media in the hopes that their dreams will come true.
The twins are now 24 years old and are living on the Central Coast, New South Wales. Lydia is currently working on the second installment to The Dawsons. She is also working on the first novel by contacting anyone she can to popularize their book. Santina helps Lydia with the marketing of The Dawsons whenever she can.
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Title: THE DAWSONS
Author: Lydia and Santina Casablanca
Author: Lydia and Santina Casablanca
Witnessing the horrific demise of everyone he knew and loved has made Derrick Dawson strong, but it has also made him cold and broken. Tormented by his past and fears for the future, Derrick drowns himself in alcohol and drugs to dull the pain he can’t seem to escape. When Rose, the granddaughter of his sworn enemy, suddenly appears in his life, his world turns upside down. The wall he has built to protect his heart is crumbling. Will Derrick ignore what he feels or will he let the wall fall?
Francesco has felt alone and miserable all his life. The loss of his family and the harshness he receives from his constantly intoxicated older brother has left a void inside him that he thought he would never fill. Until a young princess named Rosa stumbles into him and changes his life forever. There’s only one thing that stands in his way—King Antonio has forbidden Rosa to have anything to do with a Dawson.
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At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
We were 12 when we started writing songs and scripts. But it was only at the age of 14 that we realized we loved writing novels and wanted to write for a living.
Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
Yes. From the moment we started writing it became clear to us that it was something that we both really enjoyed and loved doing.
Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?
We’ll tell you what another author told us – get an agent. If you decide to self-publish, it’s really hard work and you have to have a lot of time up your sleeves, and be persistent and so very patient. If you really love writing and it’s a passion of yours then don’t ever give up. It’ll be worth it in the end.
What hours do you write best?
At night time. We don’t know why, we’ve just always been that way.
How often do you write?
As often as possible.
Are you an avid reader?
Most of the time. We do go through our phases where we don’t read much. But then there are other times where we read book after book, and just can’t get enough of reading.
What are you reading now?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Fallen (again) by Lauren Kate.
What are you currently working on?
The second instalment to The Dawsons, currently called No Turning Back.