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Carol Nicolas lives in northern Utah (USA) with her husband. A native of Canada, she attended BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah USA). A teacher, mother of five, wearer of silly socks, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she enjoys growing herbs and vegetables, painting, and researching her family history. She likes rock, pop, Celtic and classical music. She has traveled throughout Europe; her favorite city there is Paris, though the romance of Venice is a close second. She speaks American English (with a Canadian accent after she has been talking with her Canadian family on the telephone for just a few minutes), as well a basic modern Greek, which she studied for 4 years to be able to communicate with her husband’s family on their bi-annual trips to Greece. Her deepest secret: she hides chocolate in her desk for emergencies!

Her latest book is the YA paranormal, The Sixth Power.

You can visit Carol’s blog site at http://carolnicolas.wordpress.com

Carol NicolasWould you call yourself a born writer?

I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling in all its forms, but I started writing stories and poems as a teenager.

What was your inspiration for The Sixth Power?

I had the most interesting dream about three siblings sitting together in a crowded room, and the older sister and brother were breathing for their little sister.  When I woke up, I thought, Hmmm.  That would make a good story.  So I began to write.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?  

I explore love, good versus evil, heroism, responsibility, growing up, forgiveness, healing from trauma, developing talents, love…

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

From the first time I dreamed about the characters to the day The Sixth Power was published, it was five years, but I didn’t work continually on the same story.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.  

I can’t say I’m disciplined, as my regular life seems to encroach on my writing time way too much.  But here’s my schedule:  get up, have breakfast, get son off to school, exercise, tidy house, write, lunch, write, pick up son, run errands, make supper, eat, do dishes, write, go to bed, read, sleep.  If I had no other distractions, I’d probably spend almost all day writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The biggest challenge was learning how to take constructive criticism, because whenever someone made a suggestion on what wasn’t working or needed to be changed, my initial reaction was, “NOOOO!”

What do you love most about being an author?

I love the process of creating characters and putting them into situations, and then just seeing where they go from there.  They take on a life of their own.  It’s really fascinating.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self published.  Marketing is a whole different animal from writing, and it requires a different set of skills.  Thanks to my wonderful husband, I haven’t had to shoulder all of the marketing myself, but I would gladly let a traditional publisher handle it next time.  However, the trend seems to be for authors to do more of their marketing, so perhaps it’s a good thing I started out this way.

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The Sixth Power

About the Book:

Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.

Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom’s research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan’s sister in time to keep Tom’s secrets safe.

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