Our guest characters today are The Twins, characters out of Lydia and Santina Casablanca's THE DAWSONS. Enjoy the interview!
What do you look like?
We are twins so this will be easy. We both have chestnut colored hair, hazel blue eyes. One of us is skinny and one of us is not. We have olive colored skin. We have potato noses and small ears. We’re 158 cm. And that’s pretty much it.
Where are you today and what are you doing?
We’re sitting at our mum’s kitchen table with a cup of coffee and answering your interesting questions. :)
Describe the outside of your home.
There is a large, colorful garden full of herbs, vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants. There is lots and lots of greenery that is fabulous for your eyesight, or so we’ve been told.
You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?
Absolutely freak out. Probably freeze and not know what to do. We would obviously want to punch them, not that we would.
You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?
One with our grandmother, who sadly passed away when we were 14. She is greatly missed.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl.
A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?
Probably from accidently going over the speed limit. Internally freak out.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Anything soft and comfortable. Denim.
Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?
We don’t really have any phobias, thankfully.
You move into a new home. What's the first thing you buy for it?
Cleaning products, if we don’t have any.
How do you feel about mortality?
We’re all for it. We wouldn’t like the idea of living forever. We would lose everyone we loved and cared about and that wouldn’t be fun.
How would your parents describe you?
We’re good kids and very bright. Just asked mum and that’s what she said, lol.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?
Who is your best friend?
Kara Dunham. We’ve been best friends for over 10 years. She is our biggest fan so far and has known and loved the characters in our book (The Dawsons) for almost as long as we have.
Who is your worse enemy?
Freddy Krueger. ;)
Are you faith-oriented?
Are you married or in a relationship?
No for Lydia, yes for Santina, being in a relationship.
Do you have children?
No. We hope to one day though.
You are at the zoo. What is your favorite animal?
You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?
Go be with our family.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actor, and then a singer, and then an author.
About the Authors
Lydia and Santina Casablanca are twin sisters who were born in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. They grew up mostly in New South Wales, moving around all the time and never staying in one place for more than three years. Growing up, Lydia and Santina were left at home a lot with nothing to do while their mother worked to provide for them. The twins had wild imaginations and would often play make believe where they lived in this world where only the supernatural inhabited it. They made up all kinds of characters and story lines, and in doing so they did not realize that they were creating magic.
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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About the Book:
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.