Saturday, February 15, 2020

Inside the Mind: Nicole Nadeau

Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is Nicole Nadeau, the author behind Death by Midnight.

Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Nicole. We loved reading Death by Midnight. We’d like to talk a little about the book first. How did you choose the setting for this book?
Nicole:  I knew that I wanted it in the US, and had the main characters live in Washington D.C. because I’ve always been fascinated with it. All of its history and how so much happens there. The rest I let the plot decide.
Lily:  It’s definitely a history rich area, and I think the setting was perfect. Did you choose character names based on liking the way they sounded or is there a special meaning?
Nicole:  I would love to say that each name was chosen for a reason, but I just liked the way they sounded.
Lily:  I think the names you chose were perfect, they definitely seemed to fit the characters you chose them for. What was the hardest scene to write (if you can say without giving any spoilers)?
Nicole:  What I can say is that there’s a very emotional scene in chapter 20 that was extremely hard. Making sure you conveyed those emotions without going over the top or being unrealistic.
Lily:  You did a great job of walking that line between reality and pushing it too far over the top. I won’t lie, I teared up a little. Is there anything not in the blurb that you want readers to know about the book?
Nicole:  Both the antagonist, Komarov, and the CIA know very personal details about Anna. Some that even her parents don’t know.
Lily:  That definitely adds a little more tension! Let’s talk about you as an author now. How long have you been writing?
Nicole:  I started when I was 15, so about 9 years.
Lily:  Now I’m curious about some of your early writing, but what is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing?
Nicole:  That as I write, the scene plays in my head just like it would when I read.
Lily:  I find it interesting how different authors approach the stories they’re writing. Do you read your book reviews, and do they influence your writing if you do?
Nicole:  I do. If there’s constructive criticism, I’ll take it and use it to improve. If it’s just someone’s opinion that they didn’t like it, I try not to let it bother me. And good ones are a confidence boost.
Lily:  Hopefully my review gave you a little boost, I really did enjoy the book. Now let’s peek inside your mind. If you could spend 24 hours with a character from any book, who would it be, and from what book?
Nicole:  Ah, just one? Haha. Well, if I had to pick one, probably Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series. She’s smart, funny, and values strategy over brute strength.
Lily:  I know, asking you to pick just one is a little mean. I’m not too familiar with the series but I’ll have to put it on my reading list now. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Nicole:  I’m a morning person. I like to have more time to get stuff done.
Lily:  I kind of envy you, I’m such a night owl, by the time I wake my brain up in the morning I have no time to get stuff done. What’s your favorite holiday?
Nicole:  Christmas. I love the look of snow and seeing family.
Lily:  Christmas is definitely a magical time. What would you name your boat if you had one?
Nicole:  The Triumph.
Lily:  Sounds like it would be a boat that saw a lot of adventure. Would you rather your only mode of transportation be a donkey or a giraffe?
Nicole:  Donkey. It’s a shorter fall if you slip.
Lily:  True, and given how accident-prone I am, that would probably be the safer option for me. What movie never gets old no matter how many times you’ve seen it?
Nicole:  It’s a tie between Wonder Woman and the first Avengers. They’re both so good.
Lily:  I loved Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, it was nice to see a strong female lead with her own superhero movie. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Nicole:  I think that’s everything.
Lily:  Ok, so how can readers discover more about you and you work?

Nicole:  You can follow me on Amazon and Goodreads, and subscribe to my newsletter on my website to get updates on future books.
You can also find Nicole on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.
You can buy Death by Midnight here

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