Tell us a little bit about your writing and educational background
Nadine: I am an English Literature scholar. My Master´s degree was issued at Bowling Green State University where I spent two years. My Master´s thesis was on patriarchal structures in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After that I returned to Salzburg, Austria to finish my European Diploma. At the moment I am in the final stages of my doctoral degree in American literature (although everything I do has a strong popular culture focus). My dissertation discusses issues of identity and sexuality in connection to the paranormal romance alpha male.
What is your book about?
Nadine: The book is about the wonderful DC character Lois Lane. Since 1938 she has been a steady figure in American culture.
Why should readers read your book?
Nadine: Because it is the only one there is about this vital iconic female character ;-) . But seriously, Lois Lane has been around for 75 years and with any luck she will be around for much longer than that. This character has been influenced by and in return has influenced American culture. Countless references are made to her in movies, plays, shows, and print media. This book depicts the journey of this female character from 1938 until the second to last installment in 2011. Unfortunately, the book does not feature an analysis of Amy Adams’s portrayal of Lois Lane, but the other major (and maybe not-so-major) individuals who lend her their voices, faces, or gave her life by creating words for her are addressed.
Did you have any obstacles while writing this book? If so, what were they?
Nadine: I realized that it was hard to find secondary literature on the character herself. While she had her own comic book series for 16 years, not much has been done on Lois Lane in academia.
Are you working on any projects right now?
Nadine: I have a few others that are undergoing final reviews right now (Resident Evil, The Big Bang Theory, and Sherlock), but none of them have been published yet. But you may look for them in the coming year.
A few other projects are being discussed but are as yet without a home. All of my books focus heavily on popular culture as well as gender issues. I am always amazed by the fact that some vital female characters such as Lois lane, Alice from the Resident Evil franchise, or Wonder Woman (to name but a few) have yet to be discussed in a serious manner that does not only pertain to them, but also the impact they had on women throughout the world, and in regards to justice.
What is your advice for writers wanting to turn authors out there?
Nadine: I think most of us are already writers, and I believe with all my heart that everyone who really wants to can write. I have encountered a lot of students who were convinced that they are bad writers. There is no such thing. You may never be Shakespeare, but with the right training, help, and inspiration... there is no telling what you might accomplish. So, I guess my advice would be keep working hard on yourself and your writing and be not ashamed to show others your work and accept constructive criticism. But remember these are your words.. just because someone does not like them or might not be able to appreciate them does not mean they are not wonderful.
What made you become a writer?
Nadine: I always loved reading, and once I became a scholar I realized that I also love to write about reading, and watching TV, and playing games. During our lives we spend so much time with print media or other media sources, that I think we owe it to ourselves to try to understand the themes and issues that are being purveyed through these installments and to critically spar with them, not just to accept them without thought.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Nadine: That is a really tough question. To give it justice I would first have to decide on a genre, but even then it would be a herculean task to decide. There are so many writers that I absolutely adore: Oscar Wilde, Johanna Lindsay, G.A. Aiken, Jane Austen, and about a thousand others. However, one book that I always come back to is Frank Herbert`s Dune. His ability to create such diverse and real characters is wonderful.
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