Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz: Day 12





Nichole Giles, the author of The DESCENDANT series, and The WATER SO DEEP series, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She is a fan of all things paranormal and magical, and her dreams include owning a garden full of fairies, riding a unicorn, and taming the pet dragon she adopted at a recent local ComiCon. She loves to spend time with her family, 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.


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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.






Q & A:

1.     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? 1. To have the means to travel the world, money not being an issue. 2. For all my grown kids to have happy, healthy lives forever. 3. To own a huge beach house on a beautiful, private beach.Or even my own private island. I'm not picky!
  
2.     Where do you write? Most days, my living room, but sometimes in my bedroom, and occasionally at a friend's house when we have writing days. I don't do well in a desk and office chair, so I need a sofa and cushions, and in winter, a soft, warm blanket. 

3.     How long does it normally take you to write a novel? Honestly, usually a year. Although, I'm getting faster, and this year I've written three and a half, but only two are in the works for publishing. The other one is a maybe in the future, and the half is a never (long story). Already planning my next project, so stay tuned.

4.     What are your inspirations? Visits to bodies of water, great music (all genres), emotionally charged love stories, and my family and loved ones. No, really. They give me the best ideas! 

5.     How did you come to write this particular book or series? Oh gosh, it was so long ago. I think I started this book like 8-9 years ago. Took almost 5 years, two agents, several potential publishers before it was released. This is the main reason why the sequel has taken so long. I had to remember all the details from this one!

6.     What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? Getting it right. This one was hard. There are a lot of sub-stories and moving parts that had to be wrapped up and made to fit, and that was AFTER 40,000 words of cutting.

7.     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? Honestly, the last 4 years have been extremely hard. There have been days when I've just had to power through, even though my brain insisted it couldn't take anymore stress. But I did it and now I'm proud, because I swore I wouldn't let my readers down, and I hope I haven't.

8.     How did you come up with the title? I had a long, long list, but this title wasn't on it. A friend and critique partner (at the time) heard a song on the radio that reminded her of the story, and Water So Deep were some of the lyrics--and they seemed to fit well. 


9.     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? I have had so much support, I couldn't even try to name them all. But these ladies from Loving the Book were definitely on the list! 



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