In today's Author Spotlight, I had the pleasure of catching up with the very talented Kristy Nicolle, author of The Kiss That Killed Me (The Tidal Kiss Trilogy-Book 1) a Fantasy Romance.
What is your book about?
The Kiss That Killed Me is a fantasy romance centered around the fantastical world of the Occulta Mirum and its inhabitants- MERPEOPLE! The novel is from multiple perspectives but the main story is from the point of view of Callie Pierce, who unknowingly finds her destiny in a stranger she meets one night on the beach. This book is the first novel in the trilogy and the trilogy is the first of three in a saga called QUEENS OF FANTASY-
When Callie Pierce turns 18 she has three very simple goals: avoid her stepfather, escape to an Ivy League university of her dreams, and party with her friends. But on a night like any other, when the moon is full over the ocean, her life changes in a way that no one could have ever seen coming. On the sandy beaches of San Diego she meets Orion, a man from whom she cannot stay away and to whom her return becomes as inevitable as the tide kissing the shore. If that isn't enough, a kiss which changes everything plunges Callie head first into a world of mythic responsibility, epic danger, and heart stopping romance. The Mer, an ancient race of warriors brought forth to defend the seas, show her wonders beyond what is humanly possible, forcing her into an archaic chain of events that bring together power, seduction, violence, and beauty in a terrifying, yet exhilarating mix. Then there’s the Banished to contend with, a group of Psirens corrupted by the ocean’s abyss that stand to destroy the eternity Callie has been promised. Will she sacrifice herself for the greater good, or is the gravity that pulls her to Orion just too great to bear?
What inspired you to write this book?
I love fantasy, so choosing to embark on the oceanic part of the saga first was an easy choice, as it’s so little explored and there’s so much we still don’t know about the seas. I had a lot of music which inspired the creation of The Kiss That Killed Me too, all of which can be found on my Spotify account. I also love the idea of mermaids in general, I mean, who doesn’t want to be eternally beautiful with flowing long hair and the ability to cry diamonds, right?
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
It’s not a very well-known fact but my least favourite character is probably that which my readers love most. Orion. I love what he stands for, but I find his character to be a little dense- too disconnected from reality. His language is florid, too florid at times and he’s a little bit too wrapped up in the fantasy of what he wants Callie to be, rather than what she is. His character undergoes a massive reformation during the trilogy and he’s definitely not the same coming out as he is going in and trust me, I prefer him toward the end. He’s the classic hero, the perfect man, but I find him annoying to write as in my head he’s predictable. He’s always going to do the honourable thing, whether or not it’s interesting for me as a writer. My favourite character is Azure, she’s one of those characters who is constantly difficult for me to write. I know where I want her to end up, but she’s constantly challenging me to find believable ways to take her from point A to B. Her backstory is also tragic, which I touch on in book 2 and I think she’s one of the strongest characters in the story by far. She’s got darkness within her and this is a daily struggle once she decides which team to play for. I love her character because she’s never afraid to be who she is, even if other people don’t like her for it. She’s always honest, never tries to be what she’s not and never fails to make me laugh.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I love fantasy romance because it takes normal relationships which at times can seem so very domestic and pushes them to their breaking point. I love taking two characters, pushing them together and watching as they either succumb to, or dodge obstacles I throw at them. I love trying to create a natural development in an unnatural situation. It’s fun. I also dabble with science fiction and a few other alternative bits and pieces like poetry. I have plans in the works for a science fiction series after I’m done with Queens of Fantasy.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
Nope, not a standalone, Book 2- The Kiss That Saved Me will be debuting on the 25th of June and then the final instalment of this trilogy will be making an appearance HOPEFULLY by the end of this year. The initial plot is looking to be about 200k so I’ll be working to a tight deadline, but I think I can do it. After the trilogy is over, I have one or two novella’s up my sleeve which will be linked to the Tidal Kiss Trilogy too. So keep your eyes peeled early 2017 for those!
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
What drew me to writing, was reading. I loved reading as a kid. I’d read maybe ten books a week, and I hated being read to, I always wanted to be the one telling the story. When I got into high school I had a really amazing English teacher called Helen Prochera. She introduced me to literary analytics with William Golding’s ‘Lord of The Flies’ which is my absolute favourite novel even now, I actually have a first edition of this in pride of place next to my own books.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Lord of the Flies- By William Golding.
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Ignore the naysayers. Get your head down and write, don’t let anyone distract you from the work, that’s what’s really important. If you put your heart and soul down onto paper, the rest will come.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?