Happy New Year everyone! :) I hope you're enjoying it! Today, I have a cover reveal & author interview for you, and if this book seems interesting, it comes out the 28th of January, so buy it & check back for a review then! :)
Now, for the author interview you came here for(the cover is after!)!
1.What inspired you to write 'Sunshine?'
There were so many things. I’ve always loved vampires, but I wanted to put my own spin on them. In addition to that, I went on a vacation with my family where I got really bad sun poisoning—so bad that I couldn’t move—and I thought, “I can use this for something.” Also, I broke my knee when I was in middle school, and I ran out of things to do. I opened a notebook and started writing and writing and writing. It was a combination of these—and a few other— things that contributed to the first draft of Sunshine. : )
2.What book are you reading now?
I just started The Evolution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Love, love, love it.
3.Is anything in your book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are definitely a few things that seeped their way into the book. I’m similar to Sophie in some ways. I love Halloween and music and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But I always feel like there is no possible way to not have parts of you or your personality come through in certain characters. Also, one of my good friends is mildly allergic to the sun (which I didn’t find out until a while after the first draft was done, but I used some of her experiences for the final version).
4.What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I don’t think I have ever gotten a criticism that hit me too hard. I guess once, when I was in my high school creative writing class, someone read a short story I wrote and said they didn’t get it because it was too “weird” for them. At the time, I was kind of bummed out, but later on I realized that weird (in writing or in life) wasn’t a bad thing. : )
The best compliments I have ever received have always been about making people feel something. For example, a friend that read Sunshine told me that when they read a particular scene they felt the pain or fear Sophie was going through. Things like that make me so happy. Anytime I can use words to get into someone’s head and make them have some sort of real human reaction to fictional people that I created is wonderful to me.
5.Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always loved reading, but I never thought about writing seriously. I read a book a day when I was younger. I loved scary things. I loved monsters. I kept a lot of journals. I made up stories and told them to my friends, but it wasn’t until I reached middle school that I wrote my first fictional story (about dragons). I can’t remember a time where I didn’t make up things in my head…it just took me a little while to write them down.
6. Real or fake Christmas tree?
See, there’s pro’s and con’s for both. Real smells good and is prettier, but the needles fall off and you have to water it like an actual plant, so. Then with the fake ones, they don’t smell as good and you have to assemble them. Personally, I choose the fake one, just because I can’t justify cutting down a perfectly healthy tree just so I can watch it die in my living room until the holidays are over. Wow, that got deep.
7. Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Chocolate. Vanilla is soooooo boring.
Nikki Rae is the author of Sunshine, a YA dark paranormal romance, which is being released on January 28, 2013.
When Nikki is not writing, thinking, or reading, she is most likely hanging out with her gecko, Neil Gaiman, drawing in a quiet corner, or drinking tea by the gallon.
And *drumroll* here's the gorgeous cover! I have a serious cover crush on it!