Today’s author interview spotlights Nicholas Lloyd, Author of the YA Paranormal Romance, Shades of Red and Blue.
WCP: What was your inspiration for Shades of Red and Blue? – When I lie awake at night or stare out of the car window, I tend to imagine wild stories and scenes in my mind. My novel, Shades of Red and Blue, was my first attempt to fully document these daydreams in a way for others to see.
WCP: Did you draw on any past experiences to write this novel? – A lot of Amaya’s character stems from my own personality and experiences. I’ve always been shy and introverted, so her difficulty interacting with others reflects that.
WCP: Do you have any other genre you’d like to try your hand at? – I’m experimenting with some other genres, but I’d like to try my hand at a more horror themed story. The majority of my stories have been geared toward young adults, so writing for a more adult audience sounds pretty fun.
WCP: Do you have any favorite authors in YA Romance ? Or ones that have influenced you more than others? – I don’t have any specific authors that influenced my story, but I did write Shades of Red and Blue in reaction to novels I read in the past. I’ve read a few vampire and fantasy romance novels, and several of them disappointed me (particularly the ones that were widely popular). I wanted to write a romance/fantasy/horror novel that past-me would enjoy reading, and hopefully others that feel the same way.
WCP: Is there anything you would like the readers to take away from the story? – I’m not going to stand on a soap box and claim that my novel holds the solution to world peace or anything, but something that readers can take away from my story is that there are many sides to the same story. In my book, Tobias is viewed as a monster in the town of Gavena, but Amaya slowly gets to know him and learns about his tragic past. The world isn’t black and white, and neither is it colored a specific shade or hue.
WCP: Do you have anything else in the works? – Right now I’m working on a young adult novel that takes place in a world of magic, dragons, and spirits. It centers around Sen, a girl with the power to control ice. She belongs to a clan that hunts down witches, which are viewed as evil beings. Sen’s world is turned upside down when she meets Ridley, a cheerful and carefree witch that acts nothing like what Sen expects. It’s a shift of gears for me, since I’ve never written a novel without a romantic relationship being in the center of the conflict. I’m planning to create a lot of unique characters with interesting powers.
WCP: What about writing life/being an author took you by surprise? – Honestly, I never expected writing to be so difficult. I always thought authors could just sit down at the computer for a few hours and create something amazing, but now I know that takes way more effort than that. I worked on Shade of Red and Blue for almost five years before I was satisfied with showing it to others. As hard as writing is, I love it and I don’t think I’ll ever stop as long as my brain still functions properly. Characters on the page can feel just as real as a flesh and blood person, and nothing is more rewarding than telling others about that character’s life.
Now for some fun questions:
WCP: If you could sit down and have dinner with anyone, living or dead, what would it be and what would you eat? – If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d eat with the famous director, Hayao Miyazaki. He directed my favorite film, Princess Mononoke, and he seems like he’d be a fun guy to talk to. We’d eat lots of pulled pork and cheesy potatoes, because no meal can go wrong with my favorite culinary trinity: meat, cheese, and potatoes.
WCP: Chocolate, bacon, chocolate with bacon, or none of the above? – Bacon. No doubt about it.
WCP: If you could travel to any planet, besides earth, and live there (if that were possible), which one would it be? And what do you think it would be like? – If I could go to any other planet, I’d go to Pluto. I know it’s not a planet anymore, but I feel so bad for it being excluded. It makes me sad to think of lonely Pluto floating at the edge of the solar system. I’d imagine that it’d be very cold there, so I’d be sure to pack a lot of sweaters and snow pants.
WCP: Any last words? Um, for the interview, that is. (grin) – Thanks for everyone that’s reading this and those who helped me get here! I hope everyone enjoys reading my stories.