Publisher: The Parliament House
Book Title: Hook & Crown
Q & A with Author Nicole Knapp
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: My all time favorite authors are Sarah J Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Stephanie Garber and J.K. Rowling
Q: What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
A: Rowling I used to really dislike the Bronte sisters, but as I read their novels again at an older age I really enjoy them now.
Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: The Fault In Our Stars, I was a mess reading it.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A: I would much rather be original than cater to a specific audience. I want to gain my own readers by standing apart from the crowd.
Q: Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
A: Honestly, my writing process is a mess. I jot down random ideas all the time and mull them over until inspiration strikes, then I take it from there. I tend to end up with a lot of not finished writing projects.
Q: Out of the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one do you feel you relate to the most?
A: I really relate to Elena from Hook & Crown. A girl trying to find her place, sick of relying on relationships to make her happy, but a hopeless romantic deep down. I put a little of myself into all of my heroines.
Q: When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
A: Typically I have a good idea of who I want them to be, but as I write, and the story takes shape, the characters do change a bit. I like to start off with a good base of who they are and let them grow like a real person. I feel that makes them more real and relatable.
Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
A: Fallen by Lauren Kate or Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Those series don’t get enough love and are great books!
Q: What is your favorite childhood book?
A: Peter Pan, of course!
Q: Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
A: Absolutely! I go through times when I read 3 books in a week, and other times where I won’t touch a book for months. It’s a vicious cycle.
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
A: I like to write on my couch, in the middle of the night. That’s when I do my best work.
Q: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A: Writing a male character is definitely tough! The hardest part is writing from their POV because I truly don’t know how they think sometimes, and I don’t want them to sound too feminine.
Q: How do you select the names of your characters?
A: I keep a list of names that I like, and I pick from that.
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A: I love using bits of my real life in my writing, or bits from conversations I’ve had with people in real life as dialogue in my stories. The only people who would ever notice are the ones who were there for the event or conversation.
Q: What was your hardest scene to write (without giving spoilers of course)?
A: The scene inside Skull Rock in Hook & Crown! It took me forever to get it just right. Switching between the three characters POVs and making the timing of all three line up was tough! Plus it is a major scene in the book and it needed to be perfect.
Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: I would love for my books to connect to each other! Obviously, not ever single book I wrote, but the current ones I’m working on, yes.
Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar?
A: A cat for sure! Loves naps and lounging in the sun, kind of a jerk sometimes, and nocturnal. Me all the way!
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A: Start writing seriously sooner.
Q: How many hours a day do you write?
A: At least 3, mostly at night, but also throughout the day. Sometimes as much as 8 hours a day on a good writing day.
Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A: Too many!
Author Nicole Knapp
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You’ve heard of Neverland and its inhabitants… Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn’t want to grow up. But you can’t always believe the stories.
Elena Hart arrives in London, bound for a new boarding school operated by her estranged uncle. A fresh start is exactly what she needs. But when strange things begin happening, things she can’t explain, she begins to wonder if she has lost her mind.
Until the night a strange girl appears in her room, claiming to be a fairy from Neverland, come to take her to the fantasy world at the request of its ruler.
Skeptical, Elena refuses. But the following night, a young man with strange green eyes appears, and though she tries to resist his charms, something about him draws her in and Elena is whisked away from the world she knows, to a world she always thought was make believe.
But when she arrives in Neverland, it is nothing like the stories and Elena realizes that she must figure out for herself who the true heroes and villains are.
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