Happy Friday Guys!
Today I have the honor of interviewing Author Nicole Wolverton. Nicole and I met a few years ago when I read some of her amazing novel in a short-lived crit group. But even then I knew she was destined for greatness! Nicole has a book coming out in March called The Trajectory of Dreams that is an adult psychological thriller, but she's also a YA writer too. Talk about a balancing act! You may also have seen she recently signed with amazing agent Michelle Witte.
Today I wanted to talk to her a little about her writing journey, her new book, and her fantastic agent.
Let’s see: five interesting things.
1. I love to sky dive, but I have yet to make time to get certified. So far I’ve only done tandem jumps. My goal is to get certified before I turn fifty (which gives me about nine years);
2. I’m a competitive dragon boat paddler and internationally certified dragon boat steersperson;
3. I love cheese. I’m not talking about crappy, processed stuff you buy in the grocery store—I’m talking about real cheese. Artisan cheese. The kind of cheese that stinks like bare feet that have been running through a forest for two weeks. I’m getting hungry just thinking of it;
4. I get obsessed with learning new things. First, it was knitting and spinning yarn, then canning and preserving food, then cheese-making, and now it’s baking French macarons. I look at this way: whether it’s a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear bomb, I’m learning the kind of stuff that makes me a good person to know when the shit hits the fan;
5. My favorite color is orange. I’m not sure how interesting that is, but there you go.
As far as challenges go, the only one I can think of is my own impatience. Publishing moves slow, and I’m your classic Veruca Salt in that I want a golden goose now, Daddy!
This is another confession that will likely mark me as a YA outsider: I rarely get into series. So a lot of the novels that others are dying for—you know, the second or third book in a series—aren’t on my radar. Mostly, that’s an issue of patience issues. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys looks intriguing, as does Canary by Rachele Alpine. I’m also a huge fan of Strange Chemistry, the new-ish YA line from Angry Robot, so I’m looking forward to Pantomime by Laura Lam.
There are two YA novels currently with my agent—one is a Legend of Sleepy Hollow retelling/reimaging (of sorts) set on Long Beach Island, and the other is a thriller set on Mars. The Mars novel isn’t sci-fi, per se, but it involves NASA’s first manned mission, religious fanaticism, and survival in a way that you wouldn’t expect. Right now I’m in the midst of writing a novel about two loners who come close to drowning during a hurricane and find themselves in the middle of drama involving freak shows, star-crossed lovers, and environmental disaster. Good times.
Nope! I’m just happy to have the opportunity to share the stories cluttering up my head. I’ve always been a huge reader and have a giant list of favorite books. If any of books end up on even one person’s favorites list, I’ll feel like a success.
Thanks so much for hanging out with us, Nicole and good luck on your book launch!
Here's the blurb for The Trajectory of Dreams:
For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn’t come easy—there’s a price to be paid for a poor night’s sleep, and she’s the judge, jury, and executioner.
Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts’ homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing so, she keeps the revitalized U.S. space program safe from fatal accidents. What began at the age of ten when her mother confessed to blowing up the space shuttle has evolved into Lela’s life’s work. She dreads the day when an astronaut doesn’t pass her testing, but she’s prepared to kill for the greater good.
When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program, finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela’s universe unravels, no one is safe.
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Preorders available from your local, independent bookshop or Barnes & Noble