Featured Interview With Nicole MacCarron
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m from the Fraser Valley of BC, Canada. I love to travel and even lived in Ireland for a time, but I always return back home. I love that we’re surrounded by mountains and nature. I have a cat, and what she loves is to distract me from my writing. Her name is Amelia, she is grey and white, and she’s just the right amount of chunky for a good hug. I sometimes need that hug because I write thrillers and am great at creeping myself out.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was five or six years old the first time I remember telling someone I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. When I was 12 I persevered through my first novel, and I was determined to publish it. It was heartbreaking when my age prevented me from accessing the next step. I did manage to publish a poem, and I kept on dreaming about being a writer. In university I wrote five more novels (thank you, National Novel Writing Month!), and each was better than the last. I’m beyond excited to stand where I am today, with Hazel’s Shadow about to be released!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I enjoy reading anything that gets my heart pumping, really. For this reason I steer towards Young Adult adventures, thrillers, and lately Stephen King books. When nostalgia wins over, I re-read Harry Potter. It’s difficult to pin down my taste because I like to shake things up. I often throw in a classic such as Pride and Prejudice, or a contemporary like The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, or a historical fiction like The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. I think it’s important to read diverse books so you can learn to empathize with people different from yourself. I feel this is an important skill as a writer as well as in life.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Hazel’s Shadow is about a 17 year-old girl who escapes an attack of the undead by barricading herself inside what turns out to be a haunted house. The central story revolves around how Hazel tries to survive the attack with a few classmates, while also suffering the psychological torment of an evil shadow-figure. The book is dark for a Young Adult novel, and it was an absolute thrill-ride to write. It took me four years to reach the point of publication, although only a little over one month to write the initial draft. I wanted to make sure I was presenting a polished product, and I’m confident I have finally succeeded!
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