Hello everyone and welcome back to Readlogy! So as you guys may already know, Giselle is hosting a blog tour for Nikki Jefford’s newest release: Stolen Princess! Today, it’s my blog stop and I would like to introduce you more to the author by providing you an interview with the author.
First of all, I would like thank Giselle for giving me an opportunity to join this blog tour. You can find full schedule of Stolen Princess Blog Tour here! Alright, without further ado, let’s get started it!
Title: Stolen Princess (Royal Conquest Saga #1)
Author: Nikki Jefford
Publication date: November 11th 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling
She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…
The ball was only the beginning.
It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side.
I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through.
My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this elf princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all.
**This book will now include the prequel novella Enemies and Lovers.
Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.
She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn’t trade in for anyone–not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it’s sunny and warm)!
To get in on the fun and adventure, visit Nikki at her website for release alerts, updates, exclusive giveaways, and a free story when you subscribe to her newsletter: http://nikkijefford.com/
⋆ Interview with Nikki Jefford ⋆
Q: When you were writing Stolen Princess, was there any difficulty? Did you have some challenges you faced?
A: Stolen Princess was magical. Every other book I’ve ever written throws roadblocks and curve balls along the way, but Stolen Princess just flowed out of me like a rainbow. (I wish they could all go that way!)
Q: How did you come up with the idea of Stolen Princess? Did you draw inspiration from other books / historical events / other things?
A: It started out as a novella for The Monster Ball Anthology Year 1. I like to try out new paranormal characters. I’d already done witches, vampires, and wolf shifters so I was like, “Hmm. What about elves?” Then Fae butt their way into the book (big time!). Most of the saga ends up taking place in Faerie.
Q: For your new readers, what can we expect from your book?
A: You can expect outlandish fun and adventure; outrageous characters and steamy romance; plot twists and laugh-out-loud humor.
Q: Do you often set time for writings or brainstorming your idea? Or is it just random energy sparks that get you going?
A: Morning is my best time for writing. I try to get in a solid four hours first thing after breakfast. I do my best brainstorming during afternoon walks. But the ideas themselves usually first hit me super early in the morning, maybe around 2 or 3 a.m. From there I work on fleshing them out.
Q: Which character from Stolen Princess were you excited to write the most and why?
A: It’s hard to pick between Aerith and Melarue. I have the most in common with Aerith, being the oldest child and having a wicked sweet tooth. Melarue, on the other hand, is a spitfire of nonstop energy. Every time I was in her POV I felt myself getting hyper energized. They both made me laugh a lot. I love it when the characters make me laugh.
Q: Are you friends with other authors? Or do you have your own all time favorite authors?
A: I am fortunate to have a wonderful community of author friends. And I really lucked out when author Stacey Marie Brown moved to Seattle. Over the years, we’ve been able to get together and meet up to discuss books, writing projects, marketing, dogs, and life in general.
Q: Before you decided to publish any of your works, is there anyone who read your works first?
A: I started out doing beta reading exchanges with other authors and trusted blog reviewers. After taking their feedback and making changes, I then hired copy editors to do the final polish. I stopped using beta readers years ago in favor of hiring developmental editors. I like being able to schedule time with a content editor vs. beta readers who are volunteering their time or expect an exchange, which means their project might be ready at a time when I’m swamped with deadlines. Each of my books goes through three separate hired professionals: developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading.
Q: When did you first writing? Let us know how you found your passion in writing books.
A: Oh my gosh. I was writing from the moment I could hold a pen. I’d fill up spiral notebooks with stories. I remember teaching myself to touch type on a typewriter and how that allowed me to get my ideas out faster . . . then receiving my first laptop as a high school graduation gift. Wow! I was over the moon.
Q: Do you have any insider tips for beginner authors?
A: My biggest struggle starting out was completing projects. Taking short story writing workshops at my local college (University of Alaska Anchorage) was a personal breakthrough in terms of completing stories on deadline. I also learned critiquing and the art of using feedback to improve. I was the youngest student in the workshops and was surprised at how defensive some of the adults would get over their work. It’s important to have an open mind (and thick skin). While other authors groan, I’ve come to relish the editing process and satisfaction that comes with strengthening my work.
Q: Last but not least, how many books do you plan to make for Royal Conquest Saga?
A: I’m laughing because originally there was only going to be one book (Stolen Princess) to follow up a novella I wrote for The Monster Ball Anthology year one. (That prequel novella is now included in this month’s new edition of Stolen Princess.) Royal Conquest felt a bit like getting abducted by aliens, only faeries in this case. The main three-book saga is now complete . . . with a Christmas novella, Holiday Crown, releasing this December. And! I’m at work on The Royal Conquest Heirs. These will be four second-generation shorter books, starting with The Golden Prince. (That will make eight total titles in the saga.) More outrageous fun, adventure, and romance on the way!
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