Nichole Giles, author of Descendant, recently visited the virtual offices. Check out what she had to say, and then enter her tour wide giveaway!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Nichole] Author, wife, mother who loves to read, write, travel, drive with the top down, and play music at full volume so I can sing along.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Descendant?
[Nichole] Descendant is the story of Abby, who has spent her whole life running from things that happened way before she was born, things she doesn’t understand, but that have something to do with special abilities she inherited from her ancestors. And then her grandmother dies and everything changes. Abby and her mother move to a new town where Abby meets Kye, who also has special abilities, and he seems to know why she’s spent her life running. Then the darkness catches up, sending Abby and Kye on the run together, but this journey, one way or another, might be their last.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Nichole] The concept was sort of an evolving thing, but it began when I attended an energy healing workshop run by a dear friend. As I listened to her talk about balancing chakras and energy work, the story started to take shape in my mind.
Abby and Kye had both been talking to me for years. Until I started writing, I did my best to ignore them. When you’re a writer and hear voices in your head, it’s cool. When you don’t know you’re a writer, you wonder if you’re crazy. So after I began writing, and after the energy workshop where I had the concept idea, Abby kind of jumped up and grabbed hold of the story and was like, “This. This is my story.” And obviously, Kye came along for the ride too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Abby?
[Nichole] Compassionate, fierce, innocent.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Kye had a theme song, what would it be?
[Nichole] I’m going to say Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol. Kind of sums up the confusion he feels when he first sees Abby.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Abby is never without.
[Nichole] Her healing crystals.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Kye’s pockets?
[Nichole] Pills, cigarettes, a cafeteria lunch ticket
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Abby’s greatest regret?
[Nichole] That she can’t save everyone she has ever loved who has suffered or died for whatever reason.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Nichole] Music, driving, and life. I listen to music all the time, but usually not when I’m writing. Generally, driving around with the right music can help me solve about any plot/character problem I’m trying to solve. Especially long drives in canyons or near water like a beach or lake.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Nichole] Munchies—usually crackers or candy, depending on the day. Dr. Pepper—unless it’s late at night, then it’s ice water. My netbook computer—because my fingers think faster than my brain.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Nichole] Between drafting and editing (I have another book on submission, which is a totally different series from Descendant), my to-be-read pile has grown taller than me, and continues to grow daily, because I haven’t been reading as fast as usual. But if I have to pick one that really stands out in my mind, I’m going to say Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Also, I very much loved Surrender by Elana Johnson, and Everneath by Brodi Ashton.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Nichole] When I was young, I was so in love with the Nancy Drew series. I used to save all my babysitting money to buy them, because there was something so special about owning my own copies, even if I’d checked out the same ones from the library. As a teenager, I moved around a lot, and my books were lost (or accidentally discarded) in one of many moves. Discouraged, I focused on music and theatre for a while. It wasn’t until I was a mother with young children that I picked up a fiction book and rediscovered my insatiable love of reading.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Nichole] I love to spend time with my husband and our four teenagers. We’re big fans of travelling and trips to the beach. I also like shopping.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Nichole] I blog twice a week at nicholegiles.blogspot.com, and am also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Thank you for participating in the Descendant blog tour! I appreciate your willingness to help spread the word.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks for stopping by!
Nichole is sponsoring a massive giveaway during the blog tour of DESCENDANT! Please fill out the form to enter!
About DESCENDANT: Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not only Abby’s life at stake.
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Descendant-Nichole-Giles/9781936850679
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17332031-descendant
Praise for DESCENDANT: "A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can’t decide which was best — piecing together Abby’s sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you’ll love this book!" — Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway
"Nichole Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages. Her characters are authentic, the action intense, with powerful emotions that will keep Descendant on your mind long after the book ends. Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and you’ll be sucked into an adventure with Abby and Kye, that will explore the power of gifts, courage, and love. With top-notch writing, Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages." –Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID
"Nichole Giles brings a fresh new voice and flawless writing technique to the world of Young Adult fiction. I was swept away to another place and never wanted to come back." –Tristi Pinkston, author of Turning Pages and the Secret Sisters mystery series
"This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!" –Elana Johnson, author of Possession and Surrender
About Nichole Giles: Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the West. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.