Author interview: Nicole Camp and ST Bende

Today, I’m highlighting two fantasy authors and their books from Entranced Publishing: Nicole Camp and ST Bende. Read on for an author interview, a freebie download, and a chance to win prizes from ST! Welcome, Nicole and ST!

Elsker by ST Bende

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest-to-goodness Norse God — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

Coming 4/22/13 from Entranced Publishing.

Shadow's Rising by Nicole Camp

For nearly two hundred years the city of Aria has been under siege. Salcon reigns supreme and rules all he touches with a heart of darkness, seeking to conquer the last Navean city free of his control. Enslaved to Salcon’s will and struggling to find hope in a life without any – one brother will give everything he has to save the other. His sacrifice will change our world forever.

Available now. A prequel to Shadow Born, coming 5/20/13 from Entranced Publishing.

Fill in the blanks: [My book] is like [TV Show/book/movie] meets [another TV show/book/movie].

ST: Elsker by ST Bende is like Romeo and Juliet meets Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.

Nicole: Shadow’s Rising is kind of an entity unto it’s own. I’ve tried to think of books it resembles, and nothing comes to mind. The closestI can think of in movies is that it’s a cross between [very very loosely plot wise] “Star Wars” and “The Last Starfighter”.

Can you tell us something about your book that isn’t in the blurb?

ST: At the end of Elsker, I include the recipe for the amazing Norwegian waffles my characters enjoy in the book.  Get ready to buy some bigger pants.

Nicole: This is the history, so to speak. This is what happens before Shadow Born, and why all the characters have the interactions and relationships they do in the books to follow.

Who would you cast as your main character and as your MC’s love interest?

ST: I could totally see Jennifer Lawrence as my small-town girl, Kristia (because who among us cannot totally see a gorgeous Oscar winner playing our MC?).  And if you meet a slightly younger Alexander Skarsgård type with disheveled hair and a propensity towards cashmere sweaters, you’ve found my 6’5” Norse God of Winter, Ull.

Nicole: Kurtax would be very similar to a Carter Oosterhouse is build and stature. Maybe a bit broader in the shoulders. Asheira would be something like a young Sela Ward.

What are some books and authors that have inspired you?

ST: Shakespeare and his charmingly snarky Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing.  JK Rowling and her brilliant world building in the Harry Potter series.  And Doreen Cronin and her insanely clever Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.  That book is just awesome.

Nicole: Maggie Stefvater, Annette Curtis Clause, Lowis Lowry, Daphne du Maurier… I think the list is too numerous to mention.

What are you reading right now?

ST: I’m actually reading Shadow’s Rising, by Nicole Camp!  Next in the Kindle queue is The Dating Game, by Susan Buchanan.

Nicole: Stephanie Plum’s Finger Lickin Fifteen

What are you writing right now?

ST: I just finished co-writing a super fun YA story with my critique partner, Jacqueline Gardner.  Then on to content edits for Endre, Book 2 in The Elsker Saga.

Nicole: Shadow Bound (The Shadow Bled series, book3)

What do you want people to come away with after reading your book?

ST: I really hope my characters make people smile.  And I hope their journeys illustrate that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Nicole: I just want people to enjoy the read. I think everyone will take something different away. There are quite a few layers to this story, and the series for that matter.


Both of your books incorporate other fantasy worlds with our own. Do either of you have any tips for aspiring writers when it comes to world building?

ST: Read Harry Potter and do whatever it is JK Rowling does!  If my fictional universe could be even a tenth as detailed as hers, I’d consider myself a raging success.

I remember reading somewhere that JK Rowling knew the answer to every imaginable question about the Whomping Willow, from its origin to the shade of its leaves to why it moved the way it did.  And that was just one tree that played an arguably minor role in the series — her knowledge of her human characters was exponentially more vast.  The authors who build the worlds we want to crawl inside seem to have worked out every tiny detail, from the political climate, to the kinds of foods grown in the region, to the music their characters listen to.  If I learned anything from developing The Elsker Saga, it was to flesh out Ull’s world in excruciating detail, then flesh it out some more.  Half of what I wrote never made it into the books, but knowing Ull’s universe made it much easier to understand where he was coming from, and how Kristia was meant to fit into his world.

Thanks so much for letting me visit Emily!

Nicole: I generally develop my characters and their origins first, and then build the world from there. But that’s me.


More about ST Bende:

THE ELSKER SAGA is available from Entranced Publishing.

TUR, the prequel, can be downloaded for free HERE or HERE.

ELSKER, Book 1, is available April 22nd from Entranced, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Find ST Bende on Twitter (@stbende), Goodreads, or her website.

And be sure to stop by between April 11th and May 20th to enter to win fabulous prizes in the ELSKER Release Month of Giveaways!


More about Nicole Camp:

THE SHADOW BLED SERIES is available from Entranced Publishing.

SHADOW’S RISING, the prequel, can be downloaded for free HERE.

SHADOW BORN, Book 1, is available May 20th from Entranced.

Find Nicole on Twitter (@NicolShadowbled), or her website.


Thank you both for stopping by!


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