I’m hosting an interview today with Nicole Persun, author of fantasy novel “Dead of Knight”. My questions are bolded, and Nicole’s responses are in regular font.
1) What’s the hardest part about being an author?
Rejection. A lot of readers don’t realize what it takes for an author to get their book published. You have to send books out to agents and editors, and rarely do you get a book picked up right off the bat. That means that a lot of the time, authors are getting their work rejected. Which can be really hard. You become connected to your characters and work months on a book, only to have someone tell you they don’t like it. But then again, this difficulty in being a writer also makes the reward—publication—so much sweeter. A few bruises to the ego are worth having your books out there in the hands of readers.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Dead of Knight?
King Orson and King Odell are power-stricken, grieving, and mad. As they wage war against a rebel army led by Elise des Eresther, Orson’s daughter, it appears as though they’re merely in it for the glory. But their struggles are deeper and darker.
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
Dead of Knight is the first in a trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
When I was writing Dead of Knight, I was spending about 1 ½ to 2 hours per day writing. Since then, with college and all, that number has gone down to about one hour per day (though, on my days off from work, that number could go up to 5, depending on my writing assignments for school). However, I graduated recently, and am really excited about writing a regular two hours per day again!
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Oh jeez, that’s a really hard question. I’m currently reading Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things, which is not technically a fantasy, but has fantastical elements. I’m really enjoying it. Her use of setting and language really enhances the magical and intriguing premise.
In the epic fantasy genre, same as Dead of Knight, Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses series come to mind. Those books were very inspiring to my writing of strong-willed and adventuresome female characters. I also liked Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, for his use of world-building.
Also, it’s not in the fantasy genre, but my favorite book of all time is Lily Tuck’s I Married You for Happiness. It’s a beautiful, amazing, literary fiction novel.
6) What are you working on now?
I’m working on a few things right now. One is a book about my father, Terry Persun, and his writing—an ongoing project that was part of my thesis for my Bachelor’s degree. Another is a collection of short stories and poetry all centered around a bakery owner named Elle. Yet another still is the second installment in Dead of Knight. Other than that, I have spare short stories and poems that I’m always working on. It’s never-ending.
Dead of Knight
Author: Nicole J. Persun
After a night of turbulent starfall—a grievous omen—six individuals begin an intersecting journey that even the gods could not have predicted.
King Orson and King Odell are power-stricken, grieving, and mad. As they wage war against a rebel army led by Elise des Eresther, it appears as though they’re merely in it for the glory. But their struggles are deeper and darker.
Nicole J. Persun started her professional writing career at the age of sixteen with her young adult novel, A Kingdom’s Possession, which later became a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Aside from novels, Nicole has had short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and essays published in a handful of literary journals. Her inspiration is drawn from the latest studies and findings in biology, astronomy, archaeology, psychology, and any other form of scientific, historical, or artistic discovery. She often speaks at libraries, writer’s groups, and writer’s conferences across the country. Currently getting a degree in creative writing, Nicole lives in Washington State. For more information, visit Nicole’s website at: www.nicolejpersun.com.
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