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Author Interview: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

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I am very pleased to welcome author Nicole Peeler here to DarkFaerieTales.com to talk about her debut urban fantasy novel Tempest Rising, which was released on November 1, 2009.

I’m giving one lucky commenter a chance to win a copy of Tempest Rising. Details are listed at the end of the post.

You can also visit Nicole around the web here: Website | Twitter

Welcome Nicole!

DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about the book?

Tempest Rising is about a young woman who discover she’s half-selkie. So, in some ways, it’s your typical fantasy novel about someone discovering they’re special. Only Jane is not your typical heroine, by any means. She’s a lot of fun, with a great sense of humor and a lot of intelligence. That said, I wouldn’t trust her with a sword; she’d probably fall on it.

DFT: What motivated you to write Tempest Rising?

I was inspired to write Tempest Rising after some bad moonshine that resulted in a hallucination about seals. Okay, I’m lying. I was motivated by greed and a lust for power.

DFT: If you could describe your main characters with only 3 words, what would they be?

Sassy, self-deprecating, hedonistic

DFT: Tell us something about your research process and the choices you make when creating the story.

I am a professor of English Literature by trade, so I am all about the research. I started TR with the kernel of who was Jane, then I built her up using research about selkie legends. Then I moved onto Maine, where the novel’s set, and built up Maine using research. For example, the whirlpool that Jane swims in is called the Old Sow, and it’s real. When I discovered that whirlpool in my research, pretty much all of Rockabill came together for me. In other words, doing my research gave me so many ideas I could never have dreamed up, myself. Who would think to name a whirlpool after a pig?

DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) did you draw from while writing Tempest Rising?

Early literary influences on me were Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey, whom I read as a child. More recent influences are Charlaine Harris, Tom Holt, Christopher Moore, Katie MacAlister, and Jasper Fforde. I love a voice that is a bizarre combination of cynical, satirical and childishly idealistic, all at the same time. It’s sort of how I operate as a person, as well as a writer.

DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?

It’s gotta be Grizzie. She is, for lack of a better phrase, such a character. She’s totally outrageous but she has this huge heart. I love her!

DFT: Do you have a long-term plan or goal for this story universe? What happens after Tracking the Tempest?

Next up is Tempest’s Legacy, in which the proverbial shit is really flung at the prerequisite fan. I’m really giving Jane a hard time in this book, and I’m really enjoying doing so. We writers are such sadists!

DFT: What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

I’m developing another series set in the same universe as Jane’s story. It’s a very fun story arc, and the protagonist of this series is very different from Jane. Can’t say more, right now, but I’m really, really excited to begin working on these books.

DFT: If you could choose only one, which would you choose: for Tempest Rising to be award-winning, or for Tempest Rising to be bestselling? Why?

Bestselling, for sure. I made a conscious decision not to write literary fiction, and I want to reach as many people as I can with this series. Of course, I also want to keep the quality of my writing as high as possible, and I’m learning a lot from my critics. But I want my series to have a mass market appeal as well as some scope to the writing.

DFT: What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?

Hmmm . . . I think I always liked the real Little Mermaid tale the best. It’s so very dark, and the little mermaid does not get any breaks in that story. So I think it has a lot to tell us about real life.

DFT: What is your definition of a “bad writing day”? How do you deal with bad writing days?

I learned doing my Ph.D. that there’s no such thing as a bad writing day. There are days when you’re more or less productive than other days, but you still have to write, every day, no matter what. Even if it’s just a paragraph to keep the juices flowing.

DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or any writing rituals?

Nope. Writing to me is a job. I can do it anywhere. If you start to indulge yourself in superstitions, that’s the thin of the wedge to forgetting your manuscript is a product of hard work and starting to believe it’s the product of some mystical inspiration. Writing is work, and to be successful you have to treat it as such.

DFT: What creature are you afraid of most?

I’m afraid of other people. I still don’t understand how some folks operate, and how there are people around who can so casually hurt those for whom they profess to care.

DFT: If you could be any paranormal creature. Which one would you be and why?

I’d want to be a shapeshifter, for sure. I’ve always wanted to be able to run, or fly, or fight. I think shapeshifters must have the most fun.

DFT: Nicole – thanks for taking the time to stop by.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

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One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Tempest Rising.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to everyone.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, December 7th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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35 Responses to “Author Interview: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

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    Demon Tides at Darkness | Literary Escapism

    […] Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising, by Dark Faerie Tales […]

  2. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I’m really looking forward to reading Tempest Rising.
    If I were a shape-shifting selkie, I’d be a really strong swimmer, able to withstand very cold water, and I guess I’d like to eat fish :lol:
    I retweeted here: http://twitter.com/BarbaraElness

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  3. RKCharronNo Gravatar
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    hi :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win Nicole Peeler’s debut novel.
    +1 I’d love to have telepathy.
    +2 Already a follower of this blog and on Twitter.
    +3 I posted about this on my blog tomorrow (Tues Nov 17th)
    rkcharron/blogspot.com
    My email is in blogger Profile
    :)
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

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  4. LauraNo Gravatar
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    If I were a shape-shifting selkie, I’d – make sure my clothes came with me. Less snarky, I’d like a better sense of smell. :D

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  5. CherryNo Gravatar
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    If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have? – I would be the silkie who has the ability to make anyone obey me. Hah… pretty cool8)!

    I’m a follower already:mrgreen: .

    Re-posted your contest at :arrow: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/11/tempest-rising-giveaway-at-dft.html:wink:

    moc.oohaynull@21xobni-yriafsuvihcsim

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  6. CherryNo Gravatar
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    If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have? – I would be the silkie who has the ability to make anyone obey me. Hah… pretty cool 8)!

    I’m a follower already :mrgreen: .

    Re-posted your contest at :arrow: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/11/tempest-rising-giveaway-at-dft.html :wink:

    moc.oohaynull@21xobni-yriafsuvihcsim

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  7. RaelenaNo Gravatar
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    +1 telepathy would be a cool ability to have

    +2 already follow on both (@throuthehaze)

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  8. AikNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’d want to have psychic powers.

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/5814358166

    +3 blogging about it
    http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/list-of-worldwide-giveaways.html

    +3 linking via sidebar
    http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com

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  9. Tracey DNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would like to be able to dematerialize!

    +2 I am a blog follower (booklover0226) and a Twitter follower (bl0226)

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Caitlin UNo Gravatar
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    If I could have a ability it would be telepathic skills.

    +2 Follower of blog
    usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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  11. Cara FNo Gravatar
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    I have not read Nicole Peeler’s work before and Tempest Rising sounds like a must read.
    + 1 If I were a selkie I would love to have physic abilities.:D
    + 2 Fololwer of blog and Twitter
    cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  12. MarjanaNo Gravatar
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    One of the abilities I would like to have is to fly.

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

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  13. JakeLsehwereNo Gravatar
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    Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    “If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have?” I’m going to have to agree with those above, telepathy is always cool.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  14. WandaNo Gravatar
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    The ability I would like is to fly!
    I just became a follower.
    Please enter my name in your draw.
    Thanks.

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  15. Doreen RNo Gravatar
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    +1 Abilities are to make myself invisible and make people do what I want.
    +2 New follower..glad I found you.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  16. Jenny NNo Gravatar
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    +1 If I were a selkie I would like to have some telepathic powers

    +2 Follow blog and twitter (@Jullysay)

    +3 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jullysay/status/5849146102

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  17. JakeLsehwereNo Gravatar
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    +3 I’ve also blogged about this giveaway here.

    Thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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    +1-I would like the ability to see the future.
    +2-Following here & on Twitter
    +3-Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Emma015/statuses/5861679255

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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    +1 I would love to be able to talk to other creatures underwater no matter the distance.
    +2 following here and on twitter
    +3 linked on sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/
    Linked in post here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2009/11/contests-found-this-week_15.html

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    [TSS] List of International Book Giveaways, Nov. 22 Edition - Ms. Bookish

    […] Fantasy: Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler, at Dark Faerie Tales (ends Dec […]

  21. MilkaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would love to have psychic skills. Or telepathic skills.

    +2 follower

    if.akuo.ude.oesylnull@omaniavaklim

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    +1 Telekinesis!

    +3 Tweeted this contest here:
    http://twitter.com/vallifc/status/5989911250

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  23. GermaineNo Gravatar
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    Hi.. awesome contest…. im soooooooo waiting to read this book.

    +1 If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have? telekinesis
    +2 i am a follower of your blog and on twitter
    +3 tweeted about ur contest. twitter.com/germzp

    Thank you

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    I would like to be a psychic shape-shifting Selkie!

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  25. CarolNo Gravatar
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    If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have?

    1. +1 I would love to be able to read the minds of sea creatures.

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. (@blcarol007)

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).(http://twitter.com/blcarol007/status/6021232831)

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    the ability to talk to animals

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  27. SheereNo Gravatar
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    Enter me please!

    +1 Some telephatic powers would be cool… reading minds or being able to change bodies too!

    +2 follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (sheeredry)

    +3 tweeting
    http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/6063266425

    +3 sidebar
    http://todoesfacilsi.blogspot.com/

    moc.liamgnull@yrd.ereehs

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  28. Kristen H.No Gravatar
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    To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

    If you were a shape-shifting Selkie, what abilities would you like to have?

    +1 Super strength, invisibility, and umm mind control powers.

    +2 following blog and twitter

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

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    to be able to fly. always i dream of mine

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  30. senaNo Gravatar
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    +1 If I were a shape-shifting Selkie, I would love to be able to read minds and become invisble.
    +2 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. (@senaslc)
    +3 tweeted: https://twitter.com/senaslc/status/6302685543
    +3 blogged: http://senalovescandy.blogspot.com/2009/12/dark-faerie-tales.html
    +3 sidebar: http://senalovescandy.blogspot.com/

    sena.sagani [at] gmail [dot] com

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    If I could have an ability it would be to become invisible and to not feel the cold.

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  32. AlexaNo Gravatar
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    +1 The ability to win contests with the power of my mind.
    +2 Will follow ze blog, never really use twitter. 8O

    alexalindh [at] yahoo.com

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    +1 I would lie to have some telephatic powers
    Some telephatic powers would be cool… reading minds or being able to change bodies too!

    +2 entries for becoming a follower

    please count me in .. moc.liamgnull@yriskrad

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    I’d have the ability to hypnotize people into obeying me.

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    I’d want to be able to become invisible.

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