Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Author Interview: Nancy Naigle!

Hey everyone! I am so excited to have Nancy Naigle on the blog today! Nancy is one half of the writing duo, Johnson Naigle, and is here to answer some questions for us today regarding the YA suspense novel, inkBLOT. I reviewed inkBLOT not too long ago, and gave a signed copy and swag away to one lucky winner just a few weeks ago. I'll be giving away more inkBLOT swag soon, so be on the look out for that! But until then--check out my review of inkBLOT by clicking HERE! And also, you can read my interview with Phyllis Johnson (of Johnson Naigle) by clicking HERE!


Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, Nancy spends her extra time writing the kind of stories she likes to read, in hopes that just maybe other career gals can find an escape from their hectic lifestyles in the make believe worlds she creates. 

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes with friends, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets. 

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she and her husband of 15 years moved inland to the quiet of Southampton County. They now live in a log-sided home on a working goat farm with their two labs and more kids (the four-legged kind) than they keep count of, where they live their own small town love story.


For the readers who have yet heard of you—can you tell us a little about yourself? Your likes, dislikes, when you first started writing, where do you write, etc…

Hi Angel,
Thanks so much for having me here on your blog. I’ve been writing for years, but I didn’t get really serious about trying to write to get published until about six or seven years ago. My husband and I live on a working goat farm so I have plenty of peaceful spots to tuck away and write, but most of the time I am in my office which overlooks one of the pastures of goats and out across the street to our neighbors horses. I’ve attached a couple pictures from our farm. It’s a fun lifestyle.
I generally write love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. inkBLOT is a much darker type of book than I usually write, but it was so much fun to write it with another author. I’d never done that before, but it must have been meant to be because it was easy and fun.

Which character(s) in inkBLOT do you feel you relate to best, and why?

I don’t think any of the characters are just like me, but I do relate to bits and pieces of all of them. I’m kind of a geek girl sometimes, so Ronnie and Tiffany are easy to relate to on that front. I spend my fair share (and probably a few other peoples, too!) of time online. I also graduated from high school when I was sixteen and was well into my career before I was twenty...so that drive that both Ronnie and Chelsea show I can relate to. I know from personal experience that age does not have to be a barrier.

What made you want to write a novel for young adults?

I never set out to write a young adult novel. The books I’ve written on my own are all small town suspense novels written for an adult demographic. The idea for inkBLOT came from Phyllis. She works in a library in a school so she’s with teens and seeing what they like to read. She’d already been working on inkBLOT when I met her and when she told me about it I knew it was an awesome concept. I bugged Phyllis about progress on it every time I saw her. Finally, she invited me to be a part of it. I was so excited I didn’t even have to think about it!

In your own words, can you tell potential readers why they should read your book?

inkBLOT blends a subject most of us are very familiar with, messing around on the internet, with a “what-if” scenario that will hopefully keep folks aware of what information they put out there. You know, the internet is forever. Things you post now could very well be there ten or twenty years down the road when you are in a very different place in your life. I think inkBLOT has some fun scenes in it, too. My favorites are probably the tattoo scene, the Segway scene and the auction. I love auctions!! I’ve been known to spend way too much for something just because I want to win, though.


How was the experience of writing inkBLOT? If you could go back, would you change anything?

I wouldn’t change a thing. Phyllis and I worked great together. We don’t live nearby so we did our exchanges mostly through email. We took turns working on the book, and it really went smoothly. It was fun to see the surprises that were there when I got the file back from her and then started down a path of my own. Somehow, I think it all came together very nicely. I think that’s mostly because our strengths are different so we really complimented each other.

I just want to wrap up this interview with something I like to call Five Question Dash. The idea is to learn more about you in five quick questions and answers. Let’s go!
 
What is your favorite book? 
Time Is A River by Mary Alice Monroe

How many hours a day do you spend writing?
I juggle a full time job, too, so about 3 hours every day...more on weekends.

What is your favorite quote? 
Clean livin’ pays off.

If you had to write about one thing (or write in one genre) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Romantic Suspense...the best of both worlds!

Do you have any ongoing projects? Anything you would like to share?
Phyllis and I are already at work on another story. I hope folks are going to be excited to read another book by us :)
I’m on twitter, facebook and we have a website for inkblot (www.inkBLOTtheNovel.com) Folks can find me pretty easily online. My personal writing website is www.NancyNaigle.com
If anyone has any questions about the publishing process or how to get started on their own dream of becoming a novelist -- Drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for your time, Nancy! Is there anything else you would like to say?
Hugs and happy reading :)


Thank you so much to Nancy Naigle once again, for taking the time to answer all of the above questions and for being an awesome person and author!
I can't wait to see what Nancy (and Johnson Naigle) come up with next! Check out Nancy's books and inkBLOT by Johnson Naigle!
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