Monday, October 14, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Shadow Born

I'm happy to welcome author, Nicole Camp to the blog today. She's on tour with her new young adult paranormal book, SHADOW BORN. Thanks for coming by, Nicole. Mind telling us a bit about yourself?

I live in Arizona with my family and my two pets and I'm an ice cream lover! You can usually find me working on my next project and when I'm not, I like to explore the world through photography. I'm always snapping pictures of my surroundings.

Currently, I have written three books, all to be published by Entranced Publishing. The first, Shadow Born, was just released today; the second is Shadow Throne, which will be released sometime in 2014. The third book is entitled The Lady of Ispa: Magic & Meru, which is the start of a new series that will also be published sometime in 2014.

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Wow! And I thought I wrote a lot. lol. Congrats on all the books. So, what inspired you to start writing?

I was really little and my mother bought me a children’s book at the store where you got to choose how the story progressed. At the end of a chapter there were numbers at the bottom or the page with options as to what should happen next in the story. You picked one and went to the page number indicated beside it.

I tried lots of times but I never got the ending I wanted through the page numbers I picked. Finally it dawned on me that I could write my own stories. And that was probably the beginning of my interest in writing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

I have horrible grammar and punctuation. Just about the time I think I’ve grasped the rules, I settle back into my old ways of writing the way I talk, not the correct way you should write.

How do you deal with rejection letters?

I mutter briefly and the rejection drives me to write new things and try again. The only way I can really fail is if I stop trying.
What did you want to be when you grew up?

That’s easy, I thought I was going to be an artist from about the time I was 13 years old. People still tell me I am one, but I’m not painting all the time. It’s a hobby more than anything, so I don’t really consider myself one.

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a punster?

I am a true pant-ster. I have an idea of what I am going to write 50-70% of the time.

The other times I just start typing and see where it leads me.

How do you choose your character's names?

It depends on the character I’m trying to name, some of the names are made up, others are from watching the Olympics every four years and taking down interesting names. And some other character names are from people I’ve met.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

I like photography. A picture is worth a thousand words according to the old saying, and I really believe that. Photographs help us share moments with each other, some important, and some just for fun.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it?

It’s not always my favorite, but the one I say the most is probably Neville Longbottom’s “Why’s it always me?”, which I generally utter after a clutzy moment and that crash that lets everyone within twenty feet or you know that you broke something.
Okay, so now tell us about Shadow Born.

Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been in 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? Assailed by memories of death and destruction that aren’t his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born.
And where can we find this fabulous book?
You can find all the necessary buy links on Entranced Publishing's Website.
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