Sunday, October 13, 2013

Shadow Born Blog Tour

Today I have with me Nicole Camp, author of Shadow Born, a YA novel released on October 14th through my employer (and publisher) Entranced Publishing. Before I get to the interview, here's some stuff you should know about this lovely lady and her book.

Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been hiding on Earth since before he was born, but he's more comfortable in the shadows anyway. He's part of one of the most hated races in the universe. It's a secret he's forced to keep from everyone he meets.

On his first day at a new high school, Arianna Val crashes into his world, literally. One tumble on the track field and suddenly she's acting like they're best friends. Worse, Raffin doesn't mind her invading his shadows -- and that's before he realizes she knows his secret. But, she's not quite human herself, and her very life force is what Raffin needs to survive.

Can he trust her to keep his secret? Can he trust himself with Ari when his body yearns to drain her soul? Haunted by memories of death and destruction that aren't his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born.

About the Author:

Author Nicole Camp has written three books to be published by Entranced Publishing. Her first book, "Shadow Born" will be released October 14th, 2013; followed by its sequel "Shadow Throne" in Spring 2014.

Nicole is an ice cream lover, who lives in Arizona with her family and pets. When not writing, she likes to explore the world through photography, snapping pictures of her surroundings.

  1. If you could tell anyone in the world five things about yourself that really define "you," what would they be?
    Leaning on God moment by moment. Creative but not always organized about it. Stubbornly dedicated, sometimes to a fault. A constant story teller, not always a writer. I take the scenic route a lot, for better or worse - it's definitely more adventurous than the direct one.
  2. What was your inspiration for Shadow Born?
    It's been so long that it's hard to remember exactly what started the idea that ultimately become Shadow Born. I was between 10 and 12 years old and it was a concept that came to me while playing with my Barbies. Barbie and I didn't stay at Barbie's home and play house. We were super heroes, crime fighting detectives, and aliens with special powers - probably because I grew up watching "Star trek Next Generation" and reruns of the original "Dr. Who" from the 1970s and 80s.
  3. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
    It took me two weeks over Christmas back in December 2011 to write the first draft of Shadow Born. It's still the fastest I have ever written a novel. The story that became Shadow Born was actually a rewrite of a handwritten novel. I had written this idea so many times before, both in my head and on paper, that I knew my characters by heart. They were old friends more than anything at that point.
  4. What is your writing/editing process? Pantser? Outliner?
    I am a panster when it comes to writing books. I pick a character and let them lead me through the story they want to tell, watching as things go along in the plot. As for edits, i've come to realize in the last few months that I never really "edited" any of the stories. Not a true edit. I wrote them, spell checked them, then sent them off into the world to see if they would make it. Probably not the best plan, because recently I have become aware that I am unfortunately greatly lacking in punctuation and grammar skills at times.
  5. How did you decide to go the indie/small press route?
    One of the editors at Entranced Publishing approached me on a writer's forum that I belong to, when I was about to shelve the Shadow Born idea for the umpteenth time. I really didn't think I could make the story any better at that point, and i was and am, ecstatic that my book found a home.
  6. What are your favorite YA books overall? Recently?
    My favorite YA books over all are "Beastly" and "A Kiss In Time" by Alex Flinn, "The Moor Child" by Eloise McGraw, "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, "The Silver Kiss" and "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause, "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater, and "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer. It's a mix of recent titles and older ones, not always in that order.
  7. Favorite type of ice cream?
    My favorite ice cream is Blue Bell's Coffee ice cream, or their Dutch Chocolate. Either one.
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