Welcome to Blue Hearts of Mars Author Nicole Grotepas! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.
Blue Hearts of Mars Interview with Nicole Grotepas:
What book is on your night stand now?
“Bringing up Boys” by James Dobson
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I’ve toyed with the idea of a sequel to Blue Hearts of Mars because of reader feedback, but I haven’t settled on a concept if I do. Right now I’m working on a love story that I’m excited about. It’s blowing my mind and I think that translates to blowing the reader’s mind. I really think it has the potential to kill my audience in a good way. I’m shooting for having it available in June.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
It came from a development in the plot when I was writing it, and I loved the way it sounded. After that there couldn’t be any other name.
Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?
Probably Retta’s best friend Mei. I’m kind of loud and a bit erratic. I’ve tamed it down a bit, but when I get into a conversation, I have a tendency to punch people in the arm or back or whatever. In a loving manner, for sure. But still . . .
Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
No, but right now I’m working on a story and there’s one element in it that I’m considering changing because it would be controversial. I could just see the accusations flying and I don’t want to defend my reasoning. I know controversy can spur interest, but I also have a bit of the David Brent character in me–I want to be loved and accepted and a firestorm of controversy, well, I just don’t know how I’d take it.
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show?
Right now it’s the Brady Bunch. Yeah, I don’t know what happened either . . . just, I mean, how do I even explain it? The show came on after Curious George, which I was letting my son watch, and I left it on. I watched the show as a kid in the 80s, so there’s a comforting quality about the whole thing, and now that I’m a parent, I love that Mike and Carol act like parents instead of trying to be their kids’ best friends or behaving like children themselves. It’s refreshing.
You’re hosting a dinner party for a famous writer, dead or alive. Who’s on the invite list and who’s your guest of honor?
Guest of honor: Anton Chekhov. Invite list: David Tennant, Brandon Sanderson, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Donald Trump, Gordon Ramsey, Zooey Deschanel, Retta (the actress), and Penn Jillette.
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, what did you do about it?
Not yet, really. If I feel like the ideas aren’t flowing, I work on something else. Staring at an empty page and fighting with myself just is a downward spiral that feeds on itself. I’d rather use my time to accomplish something, even if it’s just starting a short story and completing it.
What is your writing process like? Do you follow a regular routine?
Most of the time. It develops and evolves, though, just like any process. Sometimes I have an outline, sometimes I don’t. That all depends on how I conceived the idea for the book. Usually I have a concept and notion of how I want something to end before I begin.
Cable, Satellite, Antenna or Netflix?
Which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Love between humans and androids is forbidden, but that doesn’t mean it never happens.
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
My blog is probably the best spot to use to stay informed, as well as my Facebook page–I have an author page and one for Blue Hearts of Mars, so depending on what you’re most interested in, take your pick. I tend to spread news around to all my sites, though.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
A huge thank you for participating in the tour and hosting me! I love interacting and getting to know new people, so this has been a great experience for me. Also, if readers are interested in a sequel to Blue Hearts of Mars, they should let me know! I wrote it as a standalone book, but I’ve gotten enough feedback that I’m considering a sequel.
Blue Hearts of Mars
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.
If only it were as simple as being in love.
Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway–for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.
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