It’s the day I’ve been waiting for! The release day for my first young adult novel!
For Nikki Donovan, being a teenager can be hell. Literally.
As if trying to fit in at a new school and navigating the social scene isn’t enough stress for her, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands — the world that separates and protects ours from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious (and surprisingly cute) messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and that he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew — what’s a teenage demon princess to do?
Hmmm. How about I do a Q&A with myself!!? Whee!!!!!!!!
Is REIGN OR SHINE a stand alone book, or part of a series?
It’s the first book in a new series. “Demon Princess” is the series name and “Reign or Shine” is the name of the book itself. The second book REIGN CHECK, picks up only two days after the events in RoS and it’s going to be out June 2010. There’s a teaser chapter at the end of RoS for the second book.
Any fun facts about Demon Princess you can share?
Yes! The main character Nikki’s name comes from Old Nick which is a humorous nickname for the devil.
I wrote the first draft of DP:RoS for Nanowrimo in 2006. I probably revised this book more than anything else I’ve ever written because I wrote it without an outline. I like outlines. However, I really loved this story and I was willing to put the work into it to make it better. The beginning has remained mostly the same, but the entire second half was rewritten from scratch.
Oooh, demons. Sounds evil and nasty. I don’t worship Satan. Will I still enjoy your book?
I don’t write Satanic books. Trust me on that. This is fiction and Nikki at no time will be sacrificing kittens. Nor is there a religious tone to this book whatsoever. Nope. Nikki’s demonic side, while very real in the book itself, is a metaphor for being a teenager, trying to hide something you think makes you different and unacceptable. I am a firm believer than no one is born bad (except my parents’ cat whose name is, coincidentally, Nikki)…it’s the choices we make that define us, whether we’re half demon or completely human!
Why is DP:RoS released as a hard cover and a paperback at exactly the same time?
Good question. Uh…well, I think it was mostly because it was originally going to just be a paperback, then there was some interest at my publisher to make it a hardcover too. I figure most of the hardcovers will go to libraries because they’re sturdier and will last longer. The hardcover is mighty pretty though and only $1.50 more on Amazon.com!
Why, yes I did. I always picture actors in my head when I’m writing. In the case of Michael, the cute (but strange and mysterious) guy Nikki’s father sends to give her the news she’s a demon princess and bring her to see him in the Shadowlands, I had Kevin Zegers in mind.
Did you say something about a CONTEST!!?? I saw it in the blog header!
Uh huh. I sure did. Since I have several Q&As coming up soon where I’ll be giving away a copy of REIGN OR SHINE, I thought I’d try something a little different. I’m going to give away a signed manuscript of the second book in the series, REIGN CHECK, to one winner. Get the chance to read it eight months before it’s released!!
How do I qualify??? I must have this manuscript!!!
Take a picture of yourself holding a copy of REIGN OR SHINE and email it to me or post it to your blog, facebook, website, twitpic, whatever (and email me the URL so I can see it) and I’ll randomly choose a winner one week from today, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at midnight EST. Fun, right??