Interview: Author Nicole Peeler + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Nicole Peeler , The HEA Lover Posted on July 1, 2010 @ 3:00 pm 37 comments
Today we are very happy to welcome Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series on Book Lovers,Inc. Her new book Tracking the Tempest was released earlier this week. (I am in love with her book covers!) Let’s give Nicole a warm welcome!

The HEA Lover: First can we call you Nicole or do you prefer Dr. Peeler?

Nicole: Everywhere outside of the classroom I’m Nicole. But some people enjoy calling me Dr. Peeler. I think it’s because I don’t look anything like a serious professor.

The HEA Lover: For everyone who doesn’t know you: tell us a bit about yourself?

Nicole: I grew up outside of Chicago, but left for college. I’ve lived all over the place and I love to travel. Right at this second, I’m living in Louisiana, but I’m just about to move to Pennsylvania to teach at Seton Hill, in their MFA in Popular Fiction course. I’m very excited. I just became a writer, and it’s been an amazing ride! To find out more, you can visit me on Facebook, or at, or tweet with me on Twitter. πŸ™‚

The HEA Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Nicole: I think a REAL book lover is someone for whom books are their ultimate pleasure. If they have a day off, they don’t think, “Oh, good, I can finally watch that movie,” they think, “Awesome. I can read.” I look forward to having time to read the way other people look forward to vacations. πŸ™‚

The HEA Lover: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Nicole: I’m a total planner. I approach my books like I did my PhD thesis: research, outline, research, write. It’s the only way I could do it.

The HEA Lover: I’m following you on Twitter and let me tell you, you are hilarious! You often talk about your students in College, what is their reaction when they realize you’re living a double life? I would have loved finding my professors on Twitter.

Nicole: Most of them don’t really know, because I don’t teach creative writing at my current job. At LSUS, I taught Modernism. That said, it’s going to be a lot different, I think, at my new job, where I was hired as an author. But right now most of my students don’t know. As for the ones that do now, some think it’s REALLY cool. But others assume I’m selling my book out of the trunk of my car.

The HEA Lover: Your new Release Tracking the Tempest is book 2 in the Jane True series: Could you summarize the series for us please…in rhymes? (yeah we’re THAT perverse)

Ryu gives Jane True a present,
Which brings her to his world.
There she’s attacked like a pheasant,
By a baddie who will make your hair curl.

Ummmm . . . how was that? MOVE OVER JOHN DONNE! Rock star.

The HEA Lover: Can you give us 3 reasons why people should read your books?

Nicole: Sassy, sexy, snarky. πŸ™‚ Three reasons WITH alliteration!

The HEA Lover: Okay what we were all wondering: why did you come up with Selkies?

Nicole: I’ve always loved the mythology, and it worked really well with the type of protagonist I wanted to write. I wanted Jane vulnerable: no daughter of a vampire or a werewolf would be vulnerable. But the daughter of a seal? Perfect.

The HEA Lover: Why did you choose this rather hard background for your heroine? Not only is Jane losing her mother but also being responsible, more or less, for the death of her boyfriend.

Nicole: I wanted Jane to represent human strength, rather than supernatural strength. As humans, we live with death and loss in a way that immortal characters don’t. I know so many amazing women who have survived such tragedies, and survived with grace and dignity that inspires me. I wanted to do homage to such women, who I think are the true heroes.

The HEA Lover: After all the exciting action in Tempest Rising: what can we expect of Tracking the Tempest?

Nicole: Tracking is a lot faster paced and a lot more action packed than TR. In the first book, Jane is really a sitting duck. She’s just been tossed into this supernatural society, and she’s lost. In the second book, she’s begun to find her feet. By the time we get to Tempest’s Legacy, the third book, she’s really rocking out.

The HEA Lover: Can you give as hint about how the relationship between Ryu, Anyan and Jane will develop? *puppy eyes* I am rooting for Anyan just so you know.

Nicole: I am a spoiler free zone, but I can assure you that there is much to be developed between both Jane and Ryu, AND Jane and Anyan.

The HEA Lover: How many books are you planning for this series?

Nicole: I’ve just sold the next three books–Jane True books 4, 5, and 6–and that will complete Jane’s story. But I’ve got plans for all sorts of spin offs. The brain pan is always working. πŸ˜‰

The HEA Lover: Hypothetical question to get a feel of your characters…What if Jane had to write a test about English poetry tomorrow and didn’t do a think for it till now?

Nicole: I don’t think Jane would be that kind of student. I think she’d be super conscientious and a bit of a nerd. Not like me, at all. πŸ˜‰

The HEA Lover: What is up next in your schedule?

Nicole: This summer, I’m writing book 4, moving to Pittsburgh, and traveling to the following places: Chicago, London, Maine, Denver, and Seattle. Should be interesting! I think I’ll need a vacation after my vacation.

The HEA Lover: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions!

Nicole: Thanks to you! It’s been a pleasure.

Nicole’s Website, Nicole’s Twitter (<===you should follow her she’s hilarious)


Nicole Peeler has generously offered a signed copy of 
Tracking the Tempest to a lucky winner!

All you have to do is to leave a question for Nicole or just a meaningful comment about the interview

This contest is open Internationally

Giveaway ends on Saturday July 10,
we will announce the winners on Sunday.

Good luck everyone!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Sewicked July 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I had a comment & then I got a 404 error when I submitted it. So if this shows up 2x, it's not my fault.

    Anyway, I had this really great comment but I don't remember most of it.

    Any chance you'll be coming by/through NC?

    And since you plan each book so carefully, do you also have all 6 books planned in detail? Or do you have a general idea and fill in the details as you plan each book?

  • Bethany C. July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I haven't read the first one yet (but I will, promise!) so I really appreciate the spoiler free zone. I do not heart spoilers. I've heard all good stuff about Jane, though!

  • stacey July 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I so want to read your books but I got to tell you your cover art is so great the people want to read your book just for that alone.Know i would read it even if the cover was not so cool.

  • Michelle Greathouse July 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Wonderful interview.

    I am so happy to hear we'll get 6 books worth of Jane. I loved the first book and can't wait to get my hands on Tracking the Tempest. πŸ™‚

    And spin-offs? That is great to hear.

    I also love the vibrant book covers.

    Best to you.

    kweenmg at yahoo dot com

  • Barbara E. July 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I adored Tempest Rising and I'm so looking forward to reading Tracking the Tempest and the rest of the series. I'm dying to see what you do with Ryu, Anyan and Jane (I'm rooting for Anyan).

  • Robin K July 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Great interview. Nicole is a fantastic entertainer and I look forward to the books. I admit I skimmed the interview as not to spoil the reading surprise! πŸ™‚

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Tynga July 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I love the first book and I can't wait to read the second! And I'm glad to hear Nicole also got Spin-off ideas, it's always nice to have more of a world you love =)

    Thank you veru much for the giveaway!

    Merci Caroline pour l'entrevue =)


  • Vampires and Tofu July 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Tempest Rising is one of my fave reads of the year! Jane True is my absolute fave heroine…she's hilarious and spunky and can be such a total dork (in the most endearing way) at times. I want to win this SO bad!!

  • Natasha July 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Ever since I seen the cover art for Temptest Rising, all I could think about was this book. And Selkies? Awesome! I cannot wait to read this book, I'm so glad that there's 6 books in this series, I love when we get many books in an awesome series!!


  • EVA SB July 2, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I would like to ask what exactly are you a doctor of?
    What subject totally unconnected to writing or literature would you like to study?[@]gmail[.]com

  • Ina July 2, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Hi Nicole!
    congrats on your newest release! honestly the covers prevented that I've read your books yet, but after the review (by Amanda-Lee) I will give them a try πŸ™‚
    will the 6th book be the closure of the series? or are there other characters coming?
    wish you all the best, Ina

  • linaramz July 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Great interview! This second book in the series sounds great!

  • tetewa July 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I've been hearing alot about her reads, sounds good!

  • Joan July 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hey Nicol! my question is writing related.
    I've been working on a book for three years now. It's been going through constant revisions and edits… and I love it dearly!
    I can't imagine giving up on it…
    but when do you know that you should? That maybe the book isn't going anywhere.
    Of course, I'd like to believe that it IS definitely going somewhere! I mean, three years of bantering with my characters and getting to know my story?

    anbi14 at hotmail dot com

  • Giada M July 3, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hi Nicole!:)
    Thank you for the interesting interview!:) I can't wait to read Tracking the Tempest.

    Nicole, have you ever kept a dream journal? If yes, is it useful?

    Thank you for making this amazing contest international!:)

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  • van_pham July 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Great interview! I really enjoyed reading Tempest Rising and can't wait to read Tracking the Tempest. Congrats on your book release!


  • "Lucy & Hikari " July 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful interview.

    I am so happy to hear we'll get 6 books worth of Jane. I loved the first book

    And spin-offs? That is great to hear.

    I also love the vibrant book covers.

    stephangelsyl at hotmail dot com

  • "Lucy & Hikari " July 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful interview.

    I am so happy to hear we'll get 6 books worth of Jane. I loved the first book

    And spin-offs? That is great to hear.

    I also love the vibrant book covers.

    stephangelsyl at hotmail dot com

  • Pamk July 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    geat interview and the rhyme made me laugh. What are some of your favorite reads.

  • Jenny N. July 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I have the first book but havent started it yet. The story sounds great and I just love the cover art.

  • JenM July 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I agree 100% with Nicole's comment about readers vs. book lovers. I have about 150 hours of TV on my Tivo right now, but whenever I have spare time, I immediately open my book. I've finally given up and started deleting shows unwatched.

  • mbreakfield July 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I'm putting this book on my wishlist, because I really enjoy snarky.

  • mariska July 4, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I've been wanting to read Nicole's books from the first book. Really like to have the chance now πŸ™‚ Coz She's still a new for me Author !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  • Jessica July 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Reading it now and LOVING it! I really, really love how there are so many different kinds of supernatural characters, you get more than the usual in an UF book. Very good!

    Great interview. I like to learn more about the authors I read!

  • donnas July 5, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Great interview. Congrats on the release!! Really looking forward to reading it. The first one was awesome.

  • rachel445 July 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I've heard alot of great things about these books. I'm looking forward to reading them!

  • Linda Henderson July 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I haven't read the first one yet, but I have heard a lot of good things about it. I enjoyed the interview and I look forward to reading the whole series.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  • Melissa (My words and pages) July 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    You don't need to enter me in the contest, as I already have the book. But I wanted to stop by and say wonderful interview. πŸ™‚

  • Roxanne Rhoads July 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    wish I could travel that much- right now we are doing a "staycation" with the kids fitting everything we can into the vacation week that we can

  • Kailia Sage July 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    This book sounds great! I loved her very in depth answerers!

  • Vidisha July 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I've heard about your books, but i haven't gotten the chance to read them. From the looks of it, there are no spoilers so thanks for that!

  • Stella (Ex Libris) July 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for the very fun and interesting interview Nicole! πŸ™‚ I have to confess that I have seen your books on the net a couple of times, but not knowing what they are about, when I saw the cover design I thought it was for kids πŸ˜€ *blushes* I know.. so anyway, now that I know better I added your books to my wishlist! πŸ™‚

    How cool it would have been if any of my literature teachers would have been authors! lol πŸ˜€

    Congratulations on the release of Tracking the Tempest!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Julie July 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

    These books sound like a good read. I really like the cover art.


  • dramaqueen55 July 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    What got you into mythology? Was there anyone who helped you fall in love with it or was in instantaneous?

  • CrystalGB July 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Nicole. Great interview. Congratulations on your new release. Your books sounds good.


  • heatwave16 July 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Nicole!!! I love Jane!!! I've really been looking forward to Tempest's release.

    If you could be any of the supernaturals from your books, what would you choose? Selkie…or you can even choose porn star like Grizzie if you want. πŸ˜‰
    -Heather C

  • Dovile July 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Great giveaway! Thanks for making it open internationally!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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