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.
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