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Book Blitz + Author Interview - Family Secrets by Kat Nichols



Book & Author Details:

Family Secrets by Kat Nichols 
Publication date: January 8th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
An orphan by the age of sixteen, Sophia Morganthal now lives with her best friend and struggles in a world with no relatives. Midway through her Senior year, Sophia finds herself flying across the country to live with a family she never knew existed. She ends up with more questions than answers when she discovers that not only does she come from a long line of witches but that she must be initiated within the year to prevent a battle for coven leadership.
Feeling more alone than ever, Sophia finds her solace in books. The journals of past initiates provide her with more than she ever wanted to know and make her question the path she’s on. Amidst all of the upheaval in her life, Sophia also finds one source of happiness – Connor. The last thing she needs is more complications, but Connor is the only person who makes her feel wanted for herself and not for what she stands for.
As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?
Purchase: Amazon

Author Interview

Tell us about Family Secrets?
Family Secrets is a young adult, coming of age story with a magical twist. Sophia moves to Illinois and her whole life is turned upside down. She meets family she never knew she had and finds out she comes from a long line of witches. She deals with family issues, meeting new friends and a cute boy at school, all while studying to pass her initiation.

Why do you write paranormal books?
I love paranormal books. I will read almost anything, but this genre is my true love. Why? I’m not sure I can pinpoint an exact reason. Reading and writing paranormal novels; it’s like an adventure, a vacation from reality. You never know what can happen because as long as the world building is done properly, anything can.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
You have to get out there and mingle with the blogging/writing/reading world. Join discussion groups, follow Facebook pages, and put yourself out there. It can be time consuming, time you may want to spend writing, but you can meet some amazing people. If possible, find yourself a good writing group to help keep you sane. If I didn’t have the Rebel Writers, I never would have finished Family Secrets. If you can find a good group, they will understand what you’re going through and can support you in ways even your best friends and family cannot.

You’ve mentioned the Rebel Writers. Who are they and how have they influenced you?
The Rebel Writers is my writing group. We met as fans of indie author Rachel Higginson, who I love, and we all decided we’d write our first books together. They are amazing women and talented authors. If not for them, I never would have finished my first book, let alone have other books in the pipeline. We got so lucky. They are my best friends and my sisters. Cheesy, I know!

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?
Everywhere. Books, movies, TV shows, my friends and family. But sometimes inspiration just comes out of the blue, usually when I’ve turned off the lights to go to sleep or when I’m driving, anytime I don’t have time to write.

Is there a character that has taken a completely different turn than you originally planned for it? Characters that you discarded and wrote out or became more important than you planned?
I’ve often heard authors say that the characters speak to them or take over a story but I’d never really seen it in action until Ellen. She’s the cook at Sophia’s new home and like the maids, was meant to be more of a background character. As I wrote her, she demanded a much larger role and ended up being a pretty important person to Sophia.

Do you have any upcoming projects?
I do! I’m halfway finished with book two in the Secret Societies collection. Deadly Secrets is a continuation of Sophia’s story and I plan on releasing in July or early August of this year. I also have the first chapter of a novella about Sophia’s parents up on the site, Literrater. I’d like to have it published by the end of the year.
The Secret Societies collection will continue after that but will tell the story of a different paranormal group and since they all live in the same area, the stories will intertwine. For example, people in Deadly Secrets will show up in later books. My goal is that each set can stand alone as a series, but you can read them all in order to fully understand what is going on with these groups and the relationships between them. The first set, Secrets, focuses on Sophia and the witches, and will consist of two full length novels and one novella.

How can our readers find you?
I can always be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com.katnicholsauthor.com. My website is www.katnichols.com. My twitter handle is @Author_KatN.
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AUTHOR BIO
Kat Nichols was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. The youngest of four children, she'd been known to play for hours with only a cardboard box for entertainment. Her imaginary friends had friends... and family... and even little cities to play in. As she grew older, she began to put some of these stories down on paper, rather than keeping them in her head. 

Writing a novel had always been a dream for her, perhaps an item on her bucket list, but it wasn't until she joined a writing group with other aspiring writers that she finally got to work.When not writing, Kat is reading or driving her son to and from practices and wishing she was reading.It depends on the day. 

Kat still lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her wonderful husband, their hilarious son and their sometimes adorable and sometimes annoying cat.


To learn more about the author, please go to www.katnichols.com.



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