Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Nina Post

Ms. Nina Post
Last week, I was offered the chance to ask Nina Post, author of One Ghost Per Serving and The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse a few questions about writing, life, and, yes, even her best end-of-the-world advice. If you don't know Nina yet, you should. I mean, this lady knows her insidious world domination plans, you're probably going to want her on your side when the zombies attack, right?

Check out the interview below. :)

What can we expect with One Ghost Per Serving?

One Ghost Per Serving is about a father who embarks on a quest to win an unusual contest in order to pull his family back together. As you can guess from the title, there's a fantasy element to it, but even people who don't read fantasy should find a lot to like in this book. I think pretty much everyone can relate to the sort of struggles that the main character is faced with, and there's a nice supporting cast that brings its own quirks to the story. Although I included a steamy scene, there is practically no swearing in this book and my other published books. Overall, I think One Ghost Per Serving is a lot more mainstream than my first novel, and I hope it helps a wider audience discover and enjoy my writing.

Epic book of epicness

If you were to be possessed by a spirit like your hero, Eric, who would you prefer it to be?

Someone smart and sensible, whom I admire, but also someone I could overpower, like Emily Dickinson or Audrey Hepburn.

An insidious world domination plan is afoot. What's your one piece of  advice to the world?

Fight it! And buy a few of my books. They'll make for a fun diversion while the world crumbles around you.

What does a perfect day entail for you?

Everyone I love (who is still alive) is healthy and content, and I talk to them on the phone. I spend the entire day with my husband. We're in Tofino, on Vancouver Island. I make someone else's day better. I am filled with a sense of wonder. We get good news, we eat good food and drink good wine, we walk on the beach and peer into tide pools, we see a lot of birds. (Hey, maybe Chris Carter is there, surfing, and we grill some salmon on the beach with him). That night, my husband and I watch a strong storm over the ocean from the Wickaninnish Inn.

When did you realize you were a writer? Did you write in other genres first or find your niche quickly?

I started writing when I was seven, and always thought of myself as a writer. However, when I meet people on my travels, I usually keep that to myself and tell them I work as a quality control supervisor or a supply chain manager. I started writing humorous fantasy, but have recently written books outside of that genre. While I may write more fantasy novels, you can expect other genres from me, as well.

What was your most challenging writing moment?

I'm hanging on by my ankles to the Zugspitzbahn cogwheel train while a band of cyborg mercenaries  seize the lone surviving heir to the deposed Hesse throne… Actually, a specific moment doesn't come to mind, but anything I did pre-Scrivener was an organizational torment.

Have you ever had a fictional crush? If so, who was it? Why?

Many of my crushes have been fictional, as it turned out. When I was younger, I had a massive crush on David Bowie as the Goblin King. Make of that what you will.

What's the worst thing you've ever written?

I wrote a novel when I was thirteen. I don't remember much about it aside from working steadily on it, to my relief, but I'm pretty sure that was the worst thing. The stories I wrote when I was seven -- those were probably okay.

You're stuck on an island... what 3 books would you kill to have with you?

The Three Musketeers, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island, to help a girl out.

Do you have a character you love to hate? If so, who is it and why?

In One Ghost Per Serving, I would say it's my villain, DZ. All he wants is to make Quantal Organic Yogurt the number one dairy brand in the world, and if that means the whole world is infected with commerce spirits, so be it. He has family money, but wants to be even wealthier -- on his own terms. He loves expensive toys, some of which he uses to make Eric's life a living nightmare. He's someone who thinks nothing of paying a famous Japanese jet-skiier to come train him for six months, or buying to play ping-pong with him. He's still angry that he grew up as the spokesperson for his family's anti-diarrhea product, and that drives a lot of his reckless behavior today.

Where else can we find you?

My website is http://www.ninapost.com. You can also find me on Twitter and Goodreads.

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Thanks so much for playing along, Nina! And for the record, my daughter would love to marry David Bowie as the Goblin King, too. :)

For the rest of you... if you haven't gotten your copy of One Ghost Per Serving yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!

You can grab a copy on Amazon.com: Kindle and paperback, and on Barnes & Noble: Nook and paperback. The novel will soon be available on iBook as well.

And one lucky commenter can win a copy of the novel today, so leave Nina some love, ladies and gentlemen, because you will definitely want to read One Ghost Per Serving! :)

5 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a lot of fun, and I LOVE the title! Great interview, great post. Good luck Nina! :-)

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  2. ha! if I win the book today, I'll still buy it :)

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  3. Your answer to the most challenging writing moment was inspired. Did you keep a straight face thinking it. Great interview.
    I followed you from YALITCHAT, so find me too, k?

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  4. I'm so proud of you. Just thought you should know that. Words can't express.

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  5. Oh la la! This makes me crave ice cream!! :)

    Fictional crush? Oh yes!

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