Avian by Nicole Conway – Blog Tour
Title: Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2)
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Nicole Conway
What kind of power is lurking inside him?
After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.
Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not . . . he wonders if he will even survive it.
The truth will soon be set loose.
Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn September 26, 2014
- Four (4) winners will receive a digital copy of Avian by Nicole Conway (INT)
- One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Avian by Nicole Conway AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
I had a chance to interview Nicole and here are the questions and answers she provided 🙂
1. When did you first begin writing seriously?
I first began writing with the intention of eventually publishing a novel when I was in 6th grade. This probably sounds bizarre, but I did manage to finish my first 700-page novel about a year later. It was perfectly horrible, of course. But we all have to start somewhere!
2. Is there a particular author who inspired you?
There are several authors who have inspired and influenced me through the years. When it came to writing The Dragonrider Chronicles, I have to say that Rick Riordan’s works really sparked my imagination and made me realize that writing a book from the perspective of a younger child didn’t have to weaken the story. I had been at war with myself over Jaevid’s age at the beginning of the first novel, but Rick’s take on young Percy Jackson as a narrator gave me that validation that it could be done—and it could be done successfully.
3. Are you a plotter or pantser?
A blend of both, I think. I always have a basic outline when I get started. I will have written out several points I want to make, and moments I’m certain I want to occur. But when it comes down to actually writing the story page by page, I never want to limit my creativity in the moment. So I will intentionally leave enough wiggle room to make changes and adjustments along the way as the story takes on a life of it’s own.
4. What advice would you give authors in the query trenches at the moment?
Whether you’ve been querying for a while, or are just dipping your toes into the world of publishing, I just have two pieces of advice. Firstly, remember that even though multiple agents may reject your work, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a sellable product. Most of the most famous authors in history have received stacks of rejection letters! So don’t lose faith. Be confident in what you have to offer, but humble in how you present yourself. Secondly, don’t be afraid to take a wild chance or two. Step out of your comfort zone! Go to a conference, or query a big-name agent! You never know what might happen—your success story could be one leap of faith away.
5. What is a typical writing day for you?
Utter chaos! Lately my plate is overflowing with things to do and write. Not that I’m complaining! I’ve worked and waited a very long time to be this busy and stressed out. It’s the best feeling in the world! After I’ve caught up with my morning chores, I will settle in at my desk with a fresh cup of coffee, reread and edit what I wrote the previous day, and then try to write at least another chapter.
6. Who is your favorite character in this novel?
Oh my, that’s a hard one! I love something different about each one of them. They’re like my children! But if it comes down to who is the most fun to write for, I would have to say that writing about Felix never gets old. There’s so much more to him that meets the eye, and each book reveals something new about his character. He can be silly and immature, or serious and brave, or selfless and dignified, or friendly and charming. I wonder which side of him we’ll get to see next?
7. What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre?
Well, there is one more book left in the Dragonrider Chronicles, which I’m hard at work on already. After that, I currently have three ideas I’m running with simultaneously. All are plotted and ready to go, although I’ve had to keep myself from getting too invested in them until I’ve finished the Dragonrider Chronicles. Two of these books will definitely be in the same genre, maybe even in a different part of the same fantasy world. The third, however, is a YA modern fantasy novel – my own little twist on some gun-slinging fairies! It’ll be great fun to write, and hopefully my readers will enjoy it as well!
8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?
Be sure that this is something you have a passion for, because it’s going to be very obvious to your readers later on if it isn’t. Writing a novel – or rather, writing a good novel — shouldn’t be something done on a whim. It’s like having a relationship; you get out of it what you put in. And just like in a relationship, it’s probably not going to be perfect at first. You’ll have to work at it. You’ll make mistakes, and will have to learn from them. But at the end, there’s nothing comparable to the pride, love, and joy you’ll feel when it comes to your finished novel.
9. What is the hardest part about writing for you?
I definitely have a few problems when it comes to writing. It certainly doesn’t help my productivity that I’m completely scatterbrained, and will bounce from one idea to the next. But more than that, I don’t like writing endings. It’s not that I find them especially challenging . . . I just really hate saying goodbye to a story and it’s characters!
10. How can my readers find out more about you and your books?
Find out more about the Dragonrider Chronicles online on . . .
My publisher’s website: month9booksblog.com
My author website: anconway422.wix.com/anconway