Sunday, June 10, 2012

Author Nia Shay!!

The Road to Hell series welcomes author Nia Shay

Please welcome my friend and fellow Author Nia Shay onto the Road to Hell. Nia is the author of the Angel Warden Series. Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Nia Shay’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell. LOL Yeah, you wish! ;-D

Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Nia Shay…

(Gawd, I love this cover!!)

GRACEN: Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the internet or in your bio?
NIA: I dunno, I'm pretty open in my bio... Um, let's see. I'm an incurable homebody, have thirteen piercings and still want a few more, and have been known to play bocce.

GRACEN: Hmm...I don't even know what bocce is! haha What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing?

NIA: There's life beyond writing? <blink, blink> LOL well I do occasionally write poetry instead of prose, and I also enjoy cooking, music, warping—I mean, spending time with—my daughter, I sort of sing when no one's within earshot, and I'm also a freelance editor.

GRACEN: ROFL I thought it was our duty as parents to warp our children. ;-) Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process?

NIA: Aside from having my laptop, no, not really. I can no longer write on my desktop computer. I think it has something to do with the formality and/or ergonomics of the office chair. I think soooo much better when half-splayed on a mountain of pillows.

GRACEN: If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?

NIA: I'd create an army of genetically engineered demon-human hyrbids...and I already have one! Muhahahaha!

GRACEN: If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?

NIA: Get over yourselves and be nice to each other...

GRACEN: What genre do you write and why that genre?

NIA: I write paranormals, primarily romance. Why? Because I always have. I'm glad it's so popular now and my stuff is selling, but honestly, I've hardly ever written a story with "normal" people in "normal" situations...just not magical enough to hold my attention.

GRACEN: For those who are not yet familiar with Nia Shay, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?

NIA: My Angel Warden series tells the story of Jandra "Jade" Maxwell, cynical former caretaker to the dark angel Zeph. In book one, Dark Angel's Ward, Jandra learns some hard, yet important lessons, such as—love is what you make of it, never wear mismatched socks on Tuesdays, and some things are worth dying for. In the next installment...well, you'll just have to wait and see.

GRACEN: Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?

NIA: Why yes, I do! The next installment of the Angel Warden series just released yesterday. (You must be psychic!) Ugly Like Me is a short story that directly follows the events of Dark Angel's Ward, wrapping up a loose end from the novel and giving some insight into the challenges Jandra and Zeph will be facing in the next full-length novel, which I'm currently working on.

GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.

NIA: Intense!

GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.

NIA: Well, I've always been a science geek, so there's also a bit of a sci-fi element to my paranormal universe. I don't think many other stories have that. But (in my opinion, anyway) I think I kept a good balance of the scientifically plausible with the outright fantastical. And also the sarcasm is to die for.

GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

NIA: Heck, I still remember how weird I felt the day I typed "demonology" into a search engine. I don't think anything has topped that quite yet.

GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?

NIA: That would be my anti-hero, Brax. He actually writes himself, I just sit back and take dictation. He's witty, suave, cheerfully obnoxious, sexy, and unexpectedly deep.

GRACEN: I love characters like that!! If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?

NIA: I'm gonna have to go with Brax again. Because if he was real, I'd totally have a crush on him ;-)

GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why? 

NIA: Honestly, I'm not sure Jandra and I would get along…we're way too damn much alike. She's like me without meds to the nth degree. We'd either love each other or try to kill each other, probably on sight.

GRACEN: If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?

NIA: Self, if you could be any animal, which animal would you be and why? Self, I would be a leopard, because I would be sleek and sex-aaay and my outfit would always be in style. Good answer, Self. Yes, quite…

GRACEN: Thanks so much for joining us, Nia! It’s been a treat getting to know you better! The rest of you, follow the links below to get to know Nia and her books!!! That's a Momma Hellhound command!!!!

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Leave a comment for a chance to win swag from the fabulous Nia Shay! I'll draw a winner on June 17th, 2012!!


Nia Shay said...

Thanks for hosting me, Gracen! I find it hilarious that this comment is being labeled as a life lesson...I know, it's a thematic thing, but I feel moved to say something deep. Like fortune cookie deep. Lessee... All things come to those who wait, so when you think about it, procrastination is really a virtue. Y'all have been schooled!

Crystal said...

Hey looks an awesome read Thanks for the giveaway

Lindsay said...

Great interview.

Amanda W. said...

Great interview. I will have to check out the books!

Tawnya Peltonen said...

Awesome interview and great advice Nia LMAO! Dark Angel's Ward looks soooo good, I'm getting it from Amazon right now! I'm thinking I might buy a few extra, do a little giveaway on my Facebook page and gift a couple copies to my likers there as well. :-)

andieleah said... that cover too!!!! I would buy this book just because I loved the cover...added to my tbr list!!

Melissa Brown said...

This LQQKS Amazing! Would Love to Win.... Thank You for the giveaway

Katie said...

thanks for the awesome giveaway can't wait to read the book:):)

Becky Johnson said...

Lol - thank you. I've been officially 'skooled'. Curious about the socks comment on Tuesdays of all days.
Very entertaining interview, to wait seems likean amazing book. :)

Nia Shay said...

Hi all Sorry to be joining the party so late, got asked to work today unexpectedly (and I'm just too nice for my own good sometimes...though not often LOL!) Thank you all so much for stopping by! Tawnya, I'm over the moon right now, my fan page is jumpin' thanks to you! You're the awesomest :-D And Becky, few people know this, but Jandra wore one black and one navy blue sock the day before all of this started...and you've gotta have SOMETHING to blame for all the crazy inexplicable things that happen in your life, right? ;-)

Tanna from BBL reviews said...

Oh Gods yes, the cover is drool-worthy for sure! Fun interview. Thanks for the contest (:

BellaBunnell said...

What a fun and fantastic interview! Nia, you get funnier by the minute! Everyone needs to start reading this series NOW!!! I LOOOOVED IT!!! Thank you both, Gracen and Nia!!! <3

Kelly F said...

Great interview! Should I warn my daughter who NEVER matches her socks...? ;-) The books sound great. I will add them on my TBR list!

debi01760 said...

The cover alone makes me want to read it :)

Imagination Station said...

wow, like the cover of "UGLY LIKE ME" :)
Would love to read your books miss!!

Gracen Miller said...

And the winner of the SWAG from Nia Shay is Katie at! I'll contact you and Nia via email, so you can hook-up!

Congrats, Katie!