Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson

Welcome to Author Sybil Nelson.

Yesterday I posted a Top Ten Book to Movie adaption list from Sybil. Today I have her back for an interview & book giveaway.


What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. No matter what religion you are, you can’t defend or attack the Bible unless you’ve read it cover to cover.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
The Multitasker

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Pause time

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Night owl, or early bird?
Both. I don’t like sleeping. It’s a waste of time. Can you imagine how much I’d get done if I didn’t have to sleep!?

Pet Peeves?
Untucked sheets! It’s the only thing my husband and I fight over. So, for a ten year marriage I’d say that’s pretty good. I like my sheets tucked in tight and I like them to stay there all night. I will literally wake up in the middle of the night in order to fix the sheets. At one point I really wanted separate beds. Last week I tried something new and added my own separate blanket that my husband can’t pull away from me during the night. It has worked wonders. Good thing too. I don’t think there is divorce for irreconcilable bed sheets.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Book 2 of the Priscilla the Great series should be coming out in May. I’m writing book 5 and editing books 3 and 4 right now. I’m working on a book called Shadows of St. Louis, a historical romance about the 1917 race riots in St. Louis. I also started jotting down notes for another teen romance book that I have not titled yet. It’s basically about the perfect girl falling for the not so perfect guy. A story that’s been told many times, but not like this. It’s going to take place in a disadvantaged neighborhood much like the one I grew up in. My book The Queen Bee of Bridgeton will be released May 17th 2011 under my pen name Leslie Dubois.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I have a pretty eclectic taste when it comes to reading and I noticed that in all the books I liked to read there were rarely, if ever, any black females. I wanted to create characters that filled this void.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
It seems odd, but I would love to be in a Jane Austin book. Namely, Pride and Prejudice. I love that book. Even though women were oppressed and black women were apparently non-existent (or slaves). I just love the era, the accents, and the atmosphere.

What is your dream cast for your book?
My agent has sold the movie option to the book and I have a fun little section on my website where you can go and vote for the cast. Personally, I would love for Kate Beckinsale to play Quin. She is beautiful and fabulous. I think Matt Damon would make a great Greg although I could also see The Rock pulling it off. I’d like Elle Fanning to die her hair red and take on my fiery protagonist. And I’d like a Jonas Brother to play Josh. I don’t really care which one. I can’t tell them apart anyway.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
In high school I was absolutely obsessed with all things English Literature. For a long time my favorite book was Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“City Chase” written by my friend Brooke DeRosa is kind of the theme song. You can hear it in the book trailer and it’s also the first song on the playlist at the website. The song reminds me of an old fashioned video game chase. It’s got a cool Sci-Fi vibe to it. Brooke is an awesome composer.
Josh’s theme song could be any Christina Aguilera song, but “Fighter” is probably the best choice. On my website, each character has a favorite song listed. Check it out!

What is your favorite Quote?
Never leave the house without a book to read and a book to write.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an artist for Disney until I discovered that I couldn’t draw.

How did you know you should become an author?
I just had too many ideas and characters floating around my head. I still have a million ideas and not enough time to write them all down. To date, I have written ten novels.

Favorite Food?

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I’m a huge comic book fan and there are a ton of comic book movies coming out this year. I can’t wait to see Green Hornet, Green Lantern, X-Men First class, Transformers and Captain America

How do you react to a bad review?
A glass of wine and a bag of M&M’s. Thankfully, I haven’t gotten any bad reviews for Priscilla the Great yet. If so, I’m destined to be an overweight alcoholic…with tons of cavities.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Bacon. I can’t defeat the power of bacon. If I was supposed to be saving someone, all my enemy would have to do is start frying some bacon in a pan and totally distract me. That unfortunate citizen would be a goner.

What do you do in your free time?
I’m a wife, a mother of two little girls, a PhD student, and an author. Free time isn’t in my vocabulary.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
From Free Lunch to Ph.D.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love summer. The hotter the better. (I guess Priscilla and I have that in common!)

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love bad pop music. I’m sorry, but I do. Yes, I realize that I was Math and Music double major and that I should really have a higher taste in music or whatever, but nothing puts me in a better mood than some Justin Bieber or some Usher. Oh, and Lifetime movies and Syfy channel movies. Nothing makes me happier than bad acting and cheesy plots.

Favorite places to travel?
Disney World. My five-year-old has been 18 times.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Meg Cabot


Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson:
Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner

Giveaway Details:
3 Copies of Priscilla the Great
1 copy shipped Internationally
2 copies shipped to US & Canada
Ends 4/15/11

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