What better way to wrap up Manga Maniac Cafe’s participation in Lee Nichol’s Deception blog tour than an interview? Lee was able to join us in the virtual offices to discuss her new book and tell us a little bit about herself. I was super geeked to get a chance to chat with her, and I can hardly wait for the next installment of the series!
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
This question makes me feel self-conscious and shy, but people usually think I’m confident and strong.
Can you tell us a little about your novel, Deception?
It’s about a seventeen-year-old girl whose parents go missing and while they’re gone, she discovers she can see and control ghosts and that they knew that all along. And her best friend dumps her, she falls for the wrong guy and fights for her life.
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
I wanted to write a contemporary Gothic novel, and this is my version of that. A lot of history, ghosts, destiny, romance, deception, and a vulnerable but tough heroine.
What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
That I really care about being a good person and that happiness is important to me.
Is there a message you want readers to come away with after reading Deception?
I didn’t purposely set out to write a message book, but I hope readers identify with Emma’s struggle to find her place in the world.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book? Was there a scene that you just couldn’t get right?
Writing romantic lines that are meaningful and make you swoon or melt inside, without them being trite or cheesy, is really hard.
Is the final manuscript much different from the one you originally submitted? Did you find working on revisions difficult?
I feel like I did a lot of work on it, but there were no major changes. I love my editor. Her revision suggestions always make the book so much stronger.
Can you tell us about your experience finding a publisher? What was the process like?
This is my first book for teens, but my sixth novel. I’ve been with the same agent for seven years and when I pitched this idea, we both agreed it would make a great YA novel. I wrote a fifteen page proposal and the first fifty pages and we were lucky enough to sell it as a three-book series to Bloomsbury.
What’s the most gratifying aspect of having your book published?
Really, just having people who read it say, "I loved your book."
Who was your biggest supporter while you were working on the book?
My husband is really my writing partner. We got started co-writing non-fiction books together and though we now both write novels separately, we’re incredibly involved in each other’s work.
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
I loved the Gift of Magic, by Lois Duncan. That’s the one that I can remember specifically thinking, this isn’t as boring as some other books.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
My favorite things are hanging out with friends and family, walking the dogs, and reading.
Thank you, Lee! Have a great book birthday!!
If you are interested in learning more about Lee, you can follow her on Twitter, as well as on Facebook. Deception will be in stores June 8, or you can preorder from Amazon or your favorite online retailer.