Monday, November 2, 2009

Author Interview : Nicole Peeler


I am so excited to be joined today by the lovely Nicole Peeler.  She is celebrating the release of her first novel, Tempest Rising. 

1. Could you start by telling us a bit about your upcoming release Tempest Rising?
NP:  Tempest Rising is like a Kunstlerroman, or the coming of age tale of an artist, only the girl in question is 26 . . . and she discovers her inner selkie instead of her inner painter. It's a fun, fast, sexy romp, that has a lot of humor but also an undertone of pathos. And a really cute doggie.


2. On your website, you shard the cover of book 2, titled Tracking The Tempest. How many books do you anticipate in the Jane True series?
NP:  I've sold the first three. But I have many, many plans. I think big, and the world I've built in this series is very easily extendable. And I love me some extensions.


3. If you could describe your heroine, Jane True, in 5 words, which would you choose?
NP:  Wise, funny, smart, hedonistic, salty


4. There has been so much buzz over the covers of your books. What can you share about them? Did you have any artistic input?
NP:  My publishing company, Orbit Books is AMAZING. So I've been really lucky in that at every step of the process my only artistic input has been to say, "Oh my gods, that is freaking perfect." I know that the covers have been controversial as they are very different from what people expect from a UF cover. That said, my books are not normal UF, by any means. So your average warrior woman cover would have been a complete lie. I think that once people get over not seeing what they expect, and they read the book, they'll see why these covers are such genius. They represent the tone of the book, spot on, and I think they are absolutely gorgeous.



5. Have you always aspired to be an urban fantasy author?
NP:  No, actually. It was only recently and rather randomly, at least on the surface, that I became a writer. Originally, I aspired to be an academic, who would write a book about the pre-ideological formation of "values" as depicted in Philip Roth and Martin Amis. So that book has been shelved, and suddenly I'm writing sexy books about shapeshifters. It's been a total rollercoaster ride, my rise to authorhood, but I adore it and I adore my genre. I'm so lucky to be a part of something that's so vital and popular right now.


6. Aside from writing and working as an Assistant Professor of English Literature at LSU in Shreveport, do you have any interesting hobbies?
NP:  I belly dance rather badly and I love whisky a little too much. I don't know if whisky can be a hobby, but I'm gonna go ahead and go there. Other than that, I work work work work work. :-)


7. Are you currently working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
NP:  I AM working on another project, actually, but it's super secret. And by "secret" I mean buy me a whisky and I'll end up telling you about it. ;-) I do have some more Jane True books I want to write, but I've also set up another series, set in the same world but with a very different protagonist, that I am itching to start.

8. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard night of writing? Any guilty pleasures? Midnight swim maybe?
NP:  A perfect night of unwinding, for me, would be a good meal, a few Makers Mark manhattans, or some Guinness and a dram or two, and some live music. Jane got my hedonism from my side of the family, and I'm afraid I have a rather long list of guilty pleasures to admit to. . . and I wish that any of them was as healthy as a midnight swim. Jane got that from her father's side.

Nicole, thank you for taking the time to visit with us.  Congratulations on your new release and much success to you in the future!

For more information about Nicole and her Jane True series, please visit her website
Click here to follow Nicole on Twitter. 

Contest Time...

I have an extra copy of Tempest Rising for a lucky follower.  Please note, this is not a YA novel.  If you are under 18, please get your parent's permission before entering.  This contest begins now and will end on Thursday, Nov 12.  I will announce the winner on Friday the 13th!

To enter...
You must be a follower and comment on the interview.  That easy!

For extra entries...
+2 Spread the word! (+2 entries for every place you link to-sidebar, post, twitter, facebook, wherever you go.)  Please leave me a link for verification!

CONTEST CLOSED

Happy Reading!

61 comments:

JG said...

That is an awesome cover!

elnice said...

I thought this was a YA title at first. The cover is fun, I love it!

GFDesignz said...

I totally agree the book covers are fantastic and I would love to read this!

I am a follower!

Rain Maiden said...

Congrats on Tempest Rising. So Nicole what Authors do you read?

Nicole Peeler said...

Thanks guys, and thanks for the great interview, Elnice!

Rain Maiden: I read a lot of modernist and postmodern fiction for my teaching. From the UF/Para genres, I love Charles de Lint, Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Thom Holt, Chris Moore, Jasper Fforde, and lots of others . . . Most recently Gail Carriger's Soulless BLEW MY MIND. It's awesome!

gapyeargirl123 said...

Ooh, I've read a couple of reviews now of this book, I'm quite intrigued by 'not your typical UF book'.
Elnice, if you are open internationally, I would love to enter!
I've tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/AilsaCF
And it's on the sidebar of the Book Bundle, here: http://thebookbundle.blogspot.com

brizmus said...

ooh! A Louisiana author - I totally want to read this!
It's so weird how she wanted to be an academic but ended up writing about shapeshifters instead.

+2 it's in my side bar(http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com)
+2 I tweeted it (http://twitter.com/brizmus)

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AuroraBorieAlice said...

I LOVE the cover art!!!! I am a new follower but VERY excited!!!

Cherry said...

Please count me in!

I am a follower.

Re-posted your contest at http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/11/nicole-peeler-interviewgiveaway-at-ellz.html

The cover does give the first impression of a YA book. But even though it is not, I still like the cover art!

I've been 18 for the last 18 years or so, I really don't need my parent's permission anymore :)

And congratulations to Nicole for the release of Tempest Rising!!!

Cherry
mischivusfairy-inbox12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Congratulations!! Your cover really sucks me in... and then this interview was the clincher. I did think it was YA... but now that I know it is not - TOP OF THE LIST! :)

I also added this contest to my Contest Bar- Dirty Martinis on the house.

Miranda
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miss cindy :) said...
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LiLi said...

I kinda figured that Tempest Rising was an adult novel when I started talking to Nicole on twitter about private male parts--she even set me some hilarious ARTICLES about some revealing stories. I love her, lol, she's just so real.

+2 sidebar: http://lilibethramos.blogspot.com
+2 tweeted about contest: http://twitter.com/Lilixtreme/statuses/5372224438

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Milka said...

Great interview! The book cover is beautiful.
Please count me in!

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Carol(ina) said...

Very cool cover but the girl looks too young. Great interview and great answers from the author. I tweeted about the giveaway. http://twitter.com/blcarol007/status/5372548734

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Nicole Peeler said...

Thanks ya'll! I really appreciate it!

And the book's DEFINITELY not YA. Although I did do a book report on Clan of the Cave Bear in 3rd grade, so my perceptions are admittedly a little fuzzy.

Seriously, though, it's filthy. You might not want to read such a dirty, filthy book. It might scorch your eyeballs. I'd wear some sort of protection.

throuthehaze said...

I love the cover! Count me in please

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

JG said...

Charles de Lint is my favorite author, I love Jasper Fforde and Chris Moore, and I need to read more Charlaine Harris. I'll have to check out the other authors you mentioned. Thanks for the recs, Nicole! And congrats on the book! I'll be looking for it!!

CallMeKayla said...

I love your cover!

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donnas said...

Great interview. Awesome cover, it really stands out and is different.

I am a follower.

Linked on sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

Included in post here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2009/11/contests-found-this-week.html

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Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed your interview and would love to read your book.

I am a follower

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xxsquigglesxx said...

I really love the cover of this book! Please enter me.

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Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great interview - I love the cover...I would love to win! :)

Jaz.trio@verizon.net :)

Pam said...

Love the cover! I like that the heroine is "coming of age" at 26; I think that's more common than figuring out who you are as a teen. I know I was in my late 20's when I began to know and understand myself and what I wanted in life and a life partner.

melacan at hotmail dot com

The Couch Critic said...

I haven't heard of this book yet. Congratulations Nicole, on your first novel. I am going to look for this the next time I am at the bookstore.

I bet living in Shreveport and belly dancing come in handy with all those vampires running around.

Great interview Ellz.
I am a follower.

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Emily Brown said...

cool cover.

emilyb3342@bellsouth.net

Mitz said...

First of all thanks for inviting me over Elnice, love the name by the way.

I love new authors, Temptest Rising sounds really good and I love that cover. I'd love to read this.

misty_labean@yahoo.com

Wrighty said...

This sounds so interesting! I thought it was YA too. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for your giveaway!

5wrights1[at]verizon[dot]net

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the great interview with Nicole & thanks to Nicole for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about her & her writing. If I meet her at a convention (crosses fingers) I'll have to gift her a bottle of Guinness.
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo
PS - New Member here & Follower on Twitter & email's in blogger profile.
:)

paolosmommy said...

I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds absolutely wonderful.

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Cissy said...

TY for the great interview and intro to this book.
After reading Nicole's interview and her comments, i am running out today and try to find the book.
Plus any author that has so many wonderful "unhealthy habits" like me is bound to be a mind blowing read.
BTW the cover is fantastic!!

Tracy said...

This sounds very interesting. I will have to search out a copy and add this to my tbr pile (somewhere near the top, I believe!!)

darkxhuntress said...

Really want to read this book. I love the cover.

Melody said...

Great cover!!! I am new to your books looking forward to reading all of them. :-D

pt said...

I'm a new follower but this blog seems terrific! I had heard very good things about NIcole's new book which led me here. The interview was fun and confirms that this is probably just the kind of author/book I like to follow.
By the way, this Friday the 13th is my birthday, so I would love to win! Truly it is, and can be verified I believe by my Google data.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This sounds amazing and I've always loved the covers. They are fun! I'd be stoked to enter this comment. Great interview!!!

-I follow by the way.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

cait045 said...

This is the first time I have heard of this book and it sounds really good. Can't wait to read it

usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

Llehn said...

The cover is gorgeous!

Already a follower.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Icejewel said...

I loved the cover !!! I wonder how the other world is described in the book.It sounds interesting to me.
Great interview.I have to read this book to comment on the 4th question's answer.

Please enter me, icejew at gmail dot com

I have posted the contest on my sidebar
http://icejewel.blogspot.com/

I'm a follower now.

Thanks for the contest.

Jo said...

I'm looking forward to exploring your world. It certainly sounds interesting.

I'm now a follower.

ladystorm said...

Hi,

Seen your comment on my blog so came over to follow you too and seen the contest so decided to enter. :)

Thanks,
booklady2007[at]gmail[dot]com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

+2 blog

http://bridgethegapx.blogspot.com/2009/11/some-great-links.html


lauren51990 at aol dot com

Ivana said...

Thank you for having a character in YA who's twenty-something! I wrote a novel about a 22-year old and was told it'll never pass under YA!Please count me in!
-I'm a follower now
-posted on my sidebar

xo,
Ivana

Ivana said...

Oh, sorry, forgot the email
ivanaquick at gmail dot com

barbrafl said...

The cover is amazing! I'm glad fantasy called to you :D It's great to read, and so popular right now!

I'm a follower.
Thanks for the contest!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

ExtremeReader said...

I would love to check this book out! I haven't heard of it before but it sounds cool! Thanks for the contest!
jenniferclodfelter(at)yahoo(dot)com

JMom said...

Whiskey as a hobby? I think I like this author already! :)

jmomblogs@gmail.com

Sheere said...

International? if yes enter me!
Belly dance? I'm incapable of dancing that!

+2 tweeted
http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/5612767071

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edmontonjb said...

If this is open to Canada please enter me
I just became a follower
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rubynreba said...

How exciting that must be for Nicole Peeler to have her first novel published! I am a follower and would love to read this.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Shadowofwonder47 said...

I love what Nicole said about the cover. It’s definitely true, since that’s what drew my attention to the book. I always had a unique taste. Did I mention I LOVE the cover? It’s totally awesome. It reminds me of something my sister would draw (she is an amazing artist).

This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

I am an old Google Connect Follower!

+2 Posted about this contest with a link on my sidebar at
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+2 Tweeted about this contest with a link at
http://twitter.com/Shadowofwonder/status/5651961301

+2 Blogged about this contest in an actual post at
http://gimmethatbookbeforeipunchyou.blogspot.com/2009/11/win-copy-of-tempest-rising-from-ellz.html

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kimberly said...

I enjoyed reading this interview it was great.

+2 for tweeting it(http://twitter.com/kimberlybrasher)
+2 for mentioning on face book(http://www.facebook.com/home.php?src=fftb#/home.php?filter=lf)



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Cherie J said...

Already a follower. Please enter me. Thank you!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Callie said...

I am a follower
this book looks great and nice interview, got to know the author.

Dey@mts.net

Wanda said...

Great interview! A good meal helps me unwind, too!
I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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