Saturday, July 14, 2012

Author Interview-Nicolette Reed


Tell me about yourself.  How long have you been writing?
My mother first encouraged me to start writing stories as a way to express my feelings after my parents divorced when I was seven years old.  I wrote a story about a haunted house. Later I made up stories about creatures that lived behind the tattered tiles of the first apartment my mother and I shared alone by the beach. My imagination provided me an escape. As life evened out and as writing instructors all told me to “write what you know” I fell off the fantasy path. My early 20s were full of angst and poetry, some of which were published.  After I was married and life evened out I focused on my career and my infertility. My pen ran dry. Six years ago, after my son was born, my mother told me about NaNoWriMo, the challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I had never stopped writing stories in my head. I wanted to be an inspiration to my son to always follow your dreams and also to live the last words my Grandfather spoke to me, “I want you to be happy.”
What inspired this story?
I have always loved stories with strong heroines since I believe that no one can give you the strength to make it through hard times, it has to come from within. Valora is a fae at an immediate disadvantage in her society, but she doesn’t let that stop her. She has some self-doubt, which clouds her judgment at times, but she plows ahead despite her blind spots to seek out the truth. Truth and justice are a big theme in my life working in the legal field during the day, which sometimes bleeds into my stories. I have a strong moral compass and so does Valora. I created a world which has a lot of the same moral rules as ours does, but has the added complication of questionable magic, hot guys, and being on the brink of destruction. When you add those things into the mix it makes it hard for Valora to know what is right or wrong and her definition of that changes as she experiences things she had only ever been told stories about.
Who is your favorite shifter/vampire character (besides your own)?
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles brought vampires into a whole new light. Her creatures of the dark had complicated pasts which influenced how they acted once they became the monster. Each one either embraced the beast or was fed by guilt. Both Lestat and Louis are vampires, but they are also very different. Anne Rice showed me that monsters are not born, they are created, and I enjoy creating them.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I work full time as a litigation paralegal, I am a wife, and I am the mother of a 6 year old. My time to write is on my lunch hour at work and in the evenings. On the weekends I get a few more hours, but not much.  It is surprising how many words you can write in an hour if you focus on the scene and push it through. You don’t need hours on end to complete a novel. You need chunks of time and a lot of perseverance. It also doesn’t hurt to have a very supportive spouse.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
Link to video trailer: http://youtu.be/km-oHgOHCtI
Goodreads Giveaway (which closes July 21st): http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/27756-fae-hunter
Fae Hunter is as much a fantasy romance as it is a fast-paced story full of action. There are several scenes which put this book firmly in the adult paranormal category and I would not recommend it for younger readers.
Buy Links
Website: www.nicolettereed.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nicolettereed
Twitter: @Nicolette_Reed
Blurb
Valora Delos is a Hunter, charged with tracking the treacherous Soulstealers and bringing them to justice. Unlike the other fae of her kind, Valora was born with stunted wings that render her flightless, driving her to prove herself in the eyes of King Aric, with whom she has been infatuated since she first set eyes on him as a young prince.

She descends to Earth and finds herself trapped in suburban Seattle after the portal to her world closes. With the help of a sexy half-fae named Dooley, Valora must find her way back to save Dell’Aria. Dooley uses his own brand of magic to help Valora discover memories buried deep within her, which produce more questions than answers- questions about her growing attraction to Dooley and her devotion to her King. Uncovering who the Soulstealers are and who is behind the destruction of Dell’Aria brings Valora a truth she may not be able to handle.

2 comments:

  1. Nicolette,
    I agree with your recipe for writing success perseverance + chunks of time. Too many people get stalled thinking they don't have enough time.
    Great cover! Thanks for joining us today.

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  2. Thanks so much for having me Mariposa!

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