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Monday, September 30, 2019

Author Interview - Demon in the Whitelands by Nikki Richard #YAFantasy #seeingisbelieving



Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

There are so many different shows that I’m binge-watching at any given time. Lately, I’ve been catching up on episodes of The Expanse, The Walking Dead, and Attack on Titan. 

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

TV series, in my opinion, can do so much more than a movie. It all comes down to time. A series allows the audience more time to learn about the characters, which often gets the viewer to feel connected to the show in a different way. At least, that’s the way it works for me.

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I’m a sucker for a good book series! Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy, Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, and Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy are my favorite books of all time. If I like a fictional world and/or characters, I want to continue following the story as long as I can.

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

I’m a binger, and I can’t help it! My natural instinct is to wait until a series has several books before diving in. I didn’t start reading the Harry Potter series until The Half-Blood Prince was released. I remember a lot of my friends were annoyed that I was getting to go through each new year at Hogwarts without having to wait a few years in between!

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures?

I’m a musician, and I play bass and sing in a pizza-punk band, Infinite Pizza. Playing live music is one of my favorite things. I can yell and jump around stage and act like a angsty punk teen. 

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure? 

I am an anime and manga fiend. There’s sometime about Japanese animation and storytelling that hits me in the nerdiest of ways. I also call The Walking Dead my dirty little pleasure. It’s like the Grey’s Anatomy for nerds.

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Never. That would go against everything I stand for. 

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a pantster?

I’m definitely a hybrid of the two: a plantser. I have to make my plot outlines and character profiles before I feel really comfortable writing my story. But I also write in scenes. 

Sometimes, I jump ahead or back into the story and start writing a scene that’s on my mind. In the end, it’s finding the perfect middle ground between the two.


Demon in the Whitelands
Book One
Nikki Richard

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: September 24, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948671-41-5
ASIN: B07P9WMZQC

Number of pages: 358

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of a devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy roots.

When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds her not to be very demonlike. Instead, she is intelligent, meek, and an exceptional artist. Despite her seeming goodness, some more concerning things cannot be ignored. Samuel is hard-pressed to reconcile her uncanny strength and speed, one missing arm, ambiguous gender, and the mysterious scars covering most of her body.

Samuel forms a deep attachment to the girl with predator eyes and violent outbursts, against his father’s advice. As their friendship threatens to become something more, Samuel discovers the mayor’s dark intentions. Now, he must decide whether to risk his own execution by setting her free, or watch as the girl is used as a pawn in a dangerous game of oppression, fear, and murder.


            Excerpt:
After a while, the buck quieted its struggle. It panted wildly, its dark tongue hanging out the crack of its mouth. Samuel got to his knees, drawing closer. The deer twisted its neck in horror, its dark eyes watching him. They were wide and black. The eyes of prey.
Samuel reached inside his jacket and got the knife.
“It’s okay,” he said softly as he straddled the deer’s torso, making sure to fully secure him underneath his legs. The buck’s muscles twitched, but the creature could do nothing. How had the girl felt when she’d been caught in the bear trap, iron teeth snapping into her leg? Like the buck? Did she think she’d be free? Somehow, he couldn’t picture her as a deer. She was more like a scrappy wolf cub.
Or a demon.

                    
About the Author:

Nikki Richard is a sensitive queer writer with moods and coping mechanisms. An MFA graduate from the University of Baltimore, she lives in the city with her hot wife, amazing daughter, and fluffy cat.










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