Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade plus iPad Mini Giveaway

Welcome to Author Nya Jade

Nya Jade is a singer-songwriter and author based in San Francisco. Her music videos have aired on the VH1, BET, and MTV networks. USA Today hailed Nya as a “young female troubadour worth keeping your eyes and ears on,” in an entertainment feature on up-and-coming singer-songwriters. “Her cool singing voice recalls Sade,” said the LA Times.
Between writing and performing new music, Nya took a musical sabbatical to focus on writing a novel—an endeavor she found quite daunting, until she began looking at each chapter as a verse in a very long song. Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is her first novel.
In her free time, Nya enjoys hanging out with family and friends, searching for amazing gluten-free desserts, and bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes.
Nya holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Stanford University.


Interview

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Shoe Goddess. My mission would be to take women shopping for fun shoes! A great pair of shoes can make an outfit!
Pet Peeves?

People who sneeze on you. I really really hate germs.

What is your favorite Quote?

I love quotes! My current favorite is a quote by Oscar Wilde. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors

Want the very best for your book. To that end, try and get professional feedback. It makes a big difference. Your characters will thank you. 

Hidden talent?

I’m a great cook. I just don’t like cooking!
Nickname?

Bahama Mama. I lived in the Bahamas for 8 years and when I moved to the US I had an island accent. A few friends decided to call me Bahama Mama and it stuck.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

Don’t know if I should say….Well, since we’re friends now – The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone!
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

Silence. I find music distracting. I think it’s because I’m also a singer-songwriter. I can’t stop myself from singing along. And when I listen to instrumental music, my brain automatically tries to add lyrics.

Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing.

Yes. I cure writer’s block by taking a long shower. The feel of hot water on my skin helps to release creative energy. It may sound strange, but it works!

Which of your characters is a portrayal of you?

I think I’m a cross between Phoebe and Hayley.
Happiest moment in your life so far

Marrying my hubby.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?

Shape-Shifter, of course!

Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?

I’m part extrovert, part introvert. I like lurking in the shadows, but now and then I’ll emerge for a moment in the spotlight – mainly when I’m performing at a live concert.

What is the last thing you bought?

A garment steamer. I’m not a big fan of ironing and so I’m going to try this option.

Describe your book in 5 words

Edge-of-your-seat fun.
Do your characters really talk to you?

Yup. When my characters disagree with a choice I’ve made for them, they let me know. And they do this by hindering my progress. So when I get stuck, I have to figure out if it’s writer’s block or if my characters are trying to tell me something.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

Connecting with readers and getting opportunities to do fun interviews like this one! Thank you so much for having me here and introducing me to your readers. I am grateful. xoxo Nya

Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four

The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the  truth and to stay alive.

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