Greetings, owlnerds. This week, I am interviewing Niki Chapelway because her new book recently got released.
A Certain Sort of Madness by Niki Chapelway
Synopsis: Alicia Hareton is crazy. But that’s nothing new. Her insanity is inherited from her mother, just like her magical abilities and her blood ties to the strange and alluring world of Amar. She’s spent her life on Earth and yet Amar has always called to her, an intoxicating melody that she cannot ignore. Returning to Amar would put her life in danger, but Alicia has never let such technicalities stop her before.
However, when her mother is captured due to her reckless actions, Alicia will do anything to rescue her. That includes trusting her grumpy, sarcastic imaginary friend, who claims he doesn’t know her and doesn’t seem that imaginary anymore. Or that trustworthy. Together, with the help of her cousin and a band of misfits, they partake in an extremely ill-advised heist on the faerie court in order to find a way to defeat the most powerful mage in all Amar, who also happens to be Alicia’s grandfather. But not everything in the faerie court is as it seems, and soon this unlikely group finds themselves fighting for their lives as well as the lives of those they love.
In a world of madness and magic, the lines between lies and loyalty are blurred and sometimes the only option you have left is to let the insanity loose.
Author Bio: Nicki has been writing since she was eleven years old. She published her first book A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses at the age of fifteen, one year after she finished writing it. She enjoys reading, writing, swimming when she can, and fangirling (in other words: obsessing over other peoples’ stories almost as much as her own). She also enjoys watching TV, her favorite movies and TV shows include Doctor Who, Avengers, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Nicki currently resides in Ohio with her family of eight and two dogs, Rylie and Zoey.
The interview section:
- If you didn’t write full time, what would you do for work? I would probably choose to be a Police Detective, maybe even get into the FBI, working to solve crimes. I’ve also had stints where I wanted to be a journalist and an actress. Writing kind of lets me do all of those at once which is why I chose it.
- How long on average does it take you to write a book? Um… I’m going to say about six months to get the first draft done. Some books I’ve managed to write in less time than that and others have taken waaaay longer.
- What is your favorite part of the writing process? The brainstorming that takes place before I even start writing. Where I figure out the world, the plot, and the characters and what sort of relationships they will have. During that time, I can convince myself that this writing thing might not actually be such a bad idea after all.
- What is your least favorite part of the writing process? Honestly, they all take turns. It tends to be whichever one I’m doing at the time. But probably editing.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you? Haha, well it really depends on when you ask me. When I’m actually writing, the words are flowing, and everything is coming together then yeah, I’m energized. I’m so energized I could probably recharge a battery. But any other time… my brain will die from the sheer exhaustion.
- What is your writing Kryptonite? Procrastination, definitely. Nine times out of ten that’ll be what is standing between me and finishing my stories.
- How long did it take to write this book? This book is actually the quickest full-length novel that I’ve ever written. It took me only four months to get out the first draft. Then about two more months to get past the main edits and rewrites.
- Who is your favorite character(s) in your book? That’s a tough one. I love all of my characters and all for different reasons. I definitely relate to Alicia the most and Dante is the most likely to be married by me, but… I’m going to have to say Eugene. He’s just too adorable for me not to love him with all my heart.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? It really depends on the book that I am writing. I have spent hours, days, weeks, lifetimes researching anything that has any sort of historical background. Which is why I tend to avoid writing historicals because I would never get them done. Most of the time the research is done in the middle while I’m writing and suddenly I wonder if my character would actually die from that gunshot wound so I have to take a quick break to visit my good friend Google. I did do quite a lot of research for my latest WIP, though, which is based off of Irish mythology. I spent a few days before I started it, gathering information about the various types of faeries.
- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Is it all right if I say both? I suppose I try to be original mostly, but there are a few tropes that I just can’t resist.
And that’s it, folks. Comment down below, what author I should interview next.
Oct. 8 Niki Chapelway