Series: Shadow Bled #1
Published by Entranced Publishing on 10/12/2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been in hiding on Earth since before he was born, but he’s more comfortable in the shadows anyway. He’s part of one of the most hated races in the universe. It’s a secret he’s forced to keep from everyone he meets.
On his first day at a new high school, Arianna Val crashes into his world, literally. One tumble on the track field and suddenly she’s acting like they’re best friends. Worse, Raffin doesn’t mind her invading his shadows — and that’s before he realizes she knows his secret. But, she’s not quite human, herself and her very life force is what Raffin feeds on.
Can he trust her to keep his secret? Can he trust himself with Ari when his body yearns to drain her soul? The closer he gets to Ari, the closer he gets to his past. Assailed by memories of death and destruction that aren’t his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born.
Interview with Nicole Camp
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
Shadow Born is about Raffin Tys, an 18 year old senior in high school who’s spent his entire life trying to hide what he is, being born of one of the most hated alien races in the universe. He’s trying just to blend in in a new town and new school, and it’s going pretty well, until he meets neighbor girl Ari. She’s curious about him and discovers his secret, but Ari has a secret just like his. The two become friends and then the truth about both their pasts begins to be revealed.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
Well I came up with the basic idea for the plot when I was 12 years old. I thought it would be interesting to explore the idea of a gifted young man whom the world did not understand, and how that would mold him, as well as how others would react once they discovered his secret. But, the story didn’t really become all that Shadow Born is, until early 2008 when I decided on character names and a solid plot line.
What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?
I never really had one single message that I wanted to get across in Shadow Born. I just decided to follow Raffin’s character and see where that would lead me. There are little messages you can take away from the book like- being different isn’t always bad, everyone feels alone sometimes, everyone has a talent or a strength and you can either use your strengths for good or for evil – those things are sprinkled throughout the book, but generally they’re just a reflection of Raffin’s character and his decisions. It might sound strange, but they weren’t my main purpose for the story. I just kind of followed Raffin through the plot and took notes as I went.
How long did it take to write the book?
Well I’ve been writing the basic and most stripped down version of this story since I was 12, but Shadow Born as it is now was actually a re-write that took me 2 weeks to write during Christmas time back in December 2011.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
I can’t say that I really have a ‘favorite’ character. I like them all, just for different reasons. Raffin Tys just happens to bug me more than the others, he seems to have more to say or be more insistent about it, at the moment. And all of the characters are fun to write. I have been working with these personalities for so long that they are almost like family. They’re almost always in my thoughts in some form.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
Sure, we can talk about how I wrote Shadow Born. I had submitted other versions of the story before. After some interest, but ultimately a pile of rejection letters, I decided to scrap what I had written and start over. I rewrote Shadow Born just for fun, cutting out anything that bogged the plot down. I wrote the book as clean and straightforward as I could, and being that I knew my material and my characters well, the writing just sailed along effortlessly until the project was finished. I did not outline this version of the book. I had done that before and ended up with a bloated manuscript that wandered too much throughout the plot trying to cram in all the sub-plots and character back stories.
This book did take me in a few unexpected directions, but all of my stories do that because I don’t plan them ahead of time, I just follow the characters and write their stories down.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
Honestly there’s nothing I would change in the novel. I love it as it is.
How did you come up with the cover?
I had a basic idea of what I wanted for the cover, which was Raffin standing alone in his hooded cloak – being that the book is about him and his struggle to stay hidden. But, the image and the color scheme were all the decisions of Entranced Publishing’s cover artist and the publisher.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Probably sometime after 2008, when I had finished the first version of Shadow Born and I decided to see if I could submit it to agents. It was around that time that I thought it would be great to write stories the rest of my life.
What are your favorite books and authors?
I like various works by Alex Flinn, Maggie Steifvater, Annette Curtis Klause, Peter David, Stephanie Meyer, Janet Evanovich, and many other wonderful authors.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the edits for book number two, Shadow Throne. And I am writing book number four, but I haven’t decided on a title for it just yet.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep trying. Never give up. If it’s something you love, keep at it, hone your craft, and try again.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, it’s been a lot of fun!
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