28 Nov 2016

Interview with... Nicole Castroman!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely NICOLE CASTROMAN, author of the forthcoming novel BLACKSOULS!


Author: Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Where do you like to write? 

Nicole Castroman: I always write in my study. I have to have relative quiet and my home is the best place for that. I’m amazed when I hear authors write in coffee shops and things. I would get too easily distracted and people watch.

Why do you write for younger audiences? 

Nicole Castroman: Why not? ☺ I think younger audiences are more open to different kinds of stories, and no topic is off limits. YA is known for being brave and taking risks. 

Describe BLACKSOULS in 10 words or less. 

Nicole Castroman: It’s a continuation of Edward Teach’s descent into piracy. 

What can we expect to see more of in BLACKSOULS that we didn’t necessarily get to see in BLACKHEARTS? 

Nicole Castroman: BLACKSOULS is much more swashbuckling than BLACKHEARTS. They’re in the Caribbean and it was a lawless place. 

What was your favourite scene to write in the book? 

Nicole Castroman: I’m afraid I can’t tell you that one. It would be too much of a spoiler. ;)

What kind of research did you do to write both BLACKHEARTS and BLACKSOULS? 

Nicole Castroman: A lot of research. I had books about life at sea and life during the 17th century checked out from the library for months at a time. But I would have to say that the most important research I did was reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. 
Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. 

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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  1. Great interview! I definitely agree with Castroman that younger audiences seem to be more open to new ideas and topics, and I think that's great. :)


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