Monday, October 5, 2020

Author Interview with Nicole Knapp

Alright y'all, I met this lovely when I received an e-ARC of her book Hook & Crown, which was a retelling of Peter Pan. I absolutely loved it, and honestly couldn't believe it when her and I had a few conversations about her book and other things. I was so excited when she agreed to do this interview, and still love having conversations with her! Nicole Knapp does work with Parliament House, but it is more of an Indie publishing company. I hope that you guys check her and her book out after reading this interview. Let's dive in shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Nicole Knapp, and I live in Oklahoma.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?
A: I work with a publishing company, but I still consider myself and Indie author.

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: The Parliament House! I've been with them for about a year now.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Primarily YA Fantasy and YA Romance, but I'm trying to branch out too.

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I have always been an avid reader, and I always liked writing. One day I decided that I wanted to try writing a book, and five years later here I am.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A:  I do! I work in a restaurant.

Q: How many books have you published?
A: Two so far, but more to come hopefully!

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I have two more books in the works at the moment, one is with an editor and the other is just getting started.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?

A: The ending of Hook & Crown sequel! It killed me to write that scene. Saying goodbye to that world and those characters hit me in the feelings.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?

A: At least three, maybe more....

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: The Hook & Crown duology is coming to an end, and after that, I think I am going to try a standalone.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: Hook & Crown is part of a duology, so those two are connected, but I'm planning on taking my writing in a new direction and going for a standalone.

Q: What is your next book that is set to published and when is the release day?
A: The tentative release date for the Hook & Crown sequel is March 2021.

Q: How long did it take you write it?

A: A whole year! It was a tough one.

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer's block) to you during the process?

A: That's the worst, I struggled with writer's block this time around. When it happened I would take some time away, then come back later with fresh eyes.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?

A: I have to have music playing, no other distractions, and coffee.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?

A: Both! It just depends on how much time I have during a writing session.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?

A: I get energized, my mind works a lot more quickly and it actually takes some time to come down when I finish a session.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?

A: Well, Hook & Crown is a retelling of Peter Pan because I always adored the classic story. But the next project is a total original that popped into my head.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?

A: I look up to all my fellow writers! We are a special breed of person and writing is not easy, so I have so much respect for other artists.

Q: Are you a reader yourself?

A: Of course! I read a ton!

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don't have to name for who if you do not wish to.)

A: I am not.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?

A: Yes! YA anything is typically what I reach for, but I reach just about anything.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?

A: I can't pick just one book, but the Throne of Glass series is my all time favorite.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?

A: Definitely! The best books are the ones that make you feel something!

Q: What kind of social media do you have?

A: Just about everything! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?

A: Yes! I love seeing people post about my books and giving me feedback once they have read them! I try to respond to everyone!

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?

A: The Parliament House team is amazing, of course, but other than that I rely on my close friends, all of whom are not writers for, my support.

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?

A: My laptop! The portability of it is great.

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?

A: Honestly, they are supportive, but see it as more of a hobby than a career.

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don't know that you would like them to know?

A: Most readers probably don't know that I'm not just a writer, I'm also a mom!




Alright y'all, there you have it! Nicole Knapp is hard at work as a writer, mom, and has a normal job! I am so grateful that I got to read Hook & Crown, and am excited for book two! I am even more grateful that she agreed to do this interview! Even more grateful for her patience of it going live today! I hope you guys check out her books, social media pages, and my review!

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