Author Interview: Christy Nicholas

Christy Nicholas


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“Ireland is no promised land in 1846. It is wracked by a crippling potato blight, and people are dying. But Valentia McDowell doesn’t know that.

From her father’s prosperous farm in Ohio, young Valentia is haunted by tales of an abandoned family and a lost heirloom. She travels to her grandmother’s homeland with her brother, Conor, and two servants, to find both. Her delight in the exciting journey on one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic is shattered by a horrible tragedy.

What she encounters upon her arrival in Ireland is both more and less than she had hoped. Valentia finds both enemies and allies, amid horrors and delights, and a small bit of magic. She finds a richer heritage than she had ever imagined, but it comes with a price.

When she finally reaches her goal, a terrible price is demanded. She must pay or forfeit, and both decisions have strong consequences for her and her friends.”


  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • Legacy of Hunger is book one of what will be a 9 book series. I’m almost done writing book 6, but only 3 are published as of yet. Book 4 is due out in January 2018.
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Walking along a sea cliff in Ireland
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee, especially Cuban Coffee
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • I try to write 2000 words a day when I’m ‘in first draft mode’. I am thrilled if I get more than that, but it won’t excuse me for the next day’s minimum. I write in the mornings before the world wakes up.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • 10-15 at least.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Historical fiction/historical fantasy/paranormal/travel
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • Humor, but I’m rather horrible at it!
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • Absolutely. I try to pull any honest critique from them to improve my writing. It doesn’t matter where they’re posted, any feedback can be helpful.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Very much so.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Orlagh – she’s a 12th century prophetess grandmother withh attitude!
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I’ve only been writing to publish for four years.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • I’m not sure – I’ll let you know when I get there!
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • I have two unpublished (one is accepted by my publisher for Jan 2018, the other I just submitted and am awaiting a verdict). I’m halfway through writing another. I don’t have any other unfinished books. I have ‘project completion compulsion’ so I can’t start the shiny new project until the old project is done!
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • Ravenclaw
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Interact with people. Make friends online and in person. Do speaking engagements, book signings, FB parties.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • I am also an accountant and artist, so take your pick!
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • Small press publisher

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