#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Deception by Lee Nichols + Interview

Welcome to Author Lee Nichols:

Lee Nichols was born in Marblehead, Mass., raised in Santa Barbara, and now lives in Yarmouth, Maine. Which is probably why the four years she attended Hampshire College in Amherst, where she studied history and psychology, made her antsy. It was much too far from the ocean. She is the author of five novels for adults and the HAUNTING EMMA series for young adults. She is married to novelist Joel Naftali, who sometimes writes as Joel N. Ross, and they have one son.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the future. As much as I love history, I don’t think I’d like to live in a time with poor hygiene and no toilets. I’ve always been curious about what life will be like in say, 500 years.

What is the last book you read?
The Lace Reader. My stepmother gave it to me.

What is the last movie you saw?
The Social Network. I liked it.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Berzerker Girl

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Mind reading. Though not as Berzerker Girl, who has an uncontrollable rage that causes things to explode around her. On second thought, maybe she’s more of a super villain.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an interior designer who lived in Australia. Never thought I’d be a writer who lives in Maine.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chip.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Skinny latte. I’m not a breakfast person.

How many books do you read a week/month?
I’ve never kept track. Probably 10 – 20.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
A comfy spot with my laptop. Hate desks.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird.

One food you would never eat?
I don’t eat meat, though it’s hard to say never. Otherwise I’m game for just about anything.

Skittles or M&Ms?

If you could be a paranormal creature , what would you choose to be?
I really like dogs, so probably werewolf, although I think I’d like to be werelab even more.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
Computer! I can’t imagine writing anything long-hand on paper. I can barely hand-write a shopping list anymore.

Paranormal or Normal?
I love paranormal. Have since I was a child.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Zeus. Because he’s in charge, obviously.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
I just read Melissa Senate’s The Love Goddes’ Cooking School and thought it was a perfect comfort book. Charming and romantic with good writing.

What are your favorite comfort foods?
Any kind of potatoes and ice cream.

Are you a loner or social butterfly?
I am a social loner.

How do you react to a bad review?
I actually try to learn from them. Sometimes it’s obvious I’m just not their cup of tea. But other times they have valid points that I think about when writing the next book.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
I love male bowerbirds, who are pretty blah-looking, but attract mates by collecting beautiful things and making artful displays with them. I’d want to be one of those.

If not a writer, you would have been?
Probably a research librarian. I was getting ready to apply to graduate school when I sold my first novel.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
Well, I have lots of favorites that have been made into movies. Persuasion by Jane Austen is one. But I think the best book to screen adaptation is the Lord of the Rings series.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
I despised The Great Gatsby, which I loved as a novel. Have no hopes for the new one that’s in production, either. The House of the Spirits is another one that was terrible.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Usually work on revisions for the book that’s being published next and work on proposals/chapters for a new contract. I never really feel between books.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
Bed is pretty great.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you love funny, tough, vulnerable heroines who kick nasty-ghost-butt and get the guy, you will like this book.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I couldn’t get enough of S.E. Hinton.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I really want an iPad. It’s the kind thing I want, but don’t really need. But if I had all the money drop in my lap, I would definitely buy.

What do you do in your free time?
Walk the dogs, play with my son, hang with husband, read. Eating is good too.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reading celebrity gossip blogs.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Gossip Girl. I’m really too old to be watching it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Probably dinner out. I don’t know. I’m kind of bad at celebrating.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is …
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao or Bel Canto

By: Lee Nichols
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Lee Nichols’ website: http://www.leenicholsbooks.com/

Book summary:

When Emma Vaile’s parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age “knight in J.Crew armor,” Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can’t shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain, as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Emma doesn’t trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he’s about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Giveaway Details:
Deception by Lee Nichols
US only
Ends 12/16
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