BLITZ, INTERVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A Shattering Glimpse by Nicole Putter

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A Shattering Glimpse

by Nicole Putter

Publication date: December 10th 2020

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#Adult, #Romance, #Thriller,

The dreams: For years, Claire Baxter has been haunted by ceaseless dreams of an FBI Agent. The dilemma: She has no idea who he is or if he even exists. The death: Right before she’s set to graduate from college, a dream reveals him dying in a brutal explosion. One touch and not-so-normal Portland girl, Claire Baxter, can get a glimpse of your nearby future. She considers nothing about her clairvoyance a gift, it’s a curse, to say the least. Her parents raised her with the rule that she is to keep the secret at all cost, leaving little room for relationships of any kind. As if the burden isn’t enough, FBI agent Byron Black becomes the phantom of a series of sinister dreams. The night before her final college exam, she has another dream, except in this one, he dies in a nuclear explosion. Does he exist? Will she find him? If so, can she save the countless lives affected by a blast that can crush steel like it’s a piece of paper, or… is this something her lost, psychic mind conjured up?

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1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. It depends on which part of the story I’m writing. Scenes with technicalities that aren’t familiar to me can be exhausting to get just right. Also, linking certain parts of the story to keep the reader guessing can be quite a challenge. Otherwise I absolutely love writing.

2. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Yes, many times. I’mvery fussy when it comes to books and television and there are sometimes months that go by where I don’t read any fiction. Then I’ll read non-fiction for research or to improve writing and marketing skills. Until I pass a second-hand bookstore where something odd catches my eye and I get right back to it.

3. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I don’t really know what readers want and not all readers want the same thing. So, not really. Obviously, I take advice from beta-readers and adjust the story if I agree but I don’t necessarily write to market.

4. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Write a book you can distribute for free and start building a mailing list. I wish I had done this much sooner.

5. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I try to write much faster. Emphasis on try, research and time heckles me. Readers are like vultures; they need the next book right now. I’m also like that, so I try to get the next in the series out as soon as possible.

6. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

The sci-fi elements in my books requires quite a bit of research. I’m a planner and I plan my series in advance, so I research as I go along. The novel I’m currently writing required a lot of medical, scientific and nanotechnology research. I interviewed some professionals and patients, read books and research papers and watched webinars on the subject until I had a firm grasp on it.

7. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Actually, I didn’t realize the main character in my book was a lot like my husband until I started evaluating him. In some senses, men are easier to write because they are emotionally less complicated, but I find it hard to pen down their thoughts and articulate their observations and inspirations. How do men really see women? That is a question I would like an answer to.

8. How many hours a day do you write?

As many as possible but at least two. Between 5 and 6am in the morning and 9 and 10pm at night. Early mornings and late nights while everyone are sleeping is my best time to write.

9. What did you edit out of this book?

Oh, I killed a lot of darlings in this book. I deleted a big part right before the end when I realized it won’t work with the second novel.

10. How do you select the names of your characters?

I derived the name Claire from clairvoyant since she can glimpse the future. I put some effort into naming main characters. Byron was named after one of my favourite television characters and the poet Lord Byron. As the poem Don Juan goes:

I want a hero: an uncommon want, When every year and month sends forth a new one, Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant, The age discovers he is not the true one;

One of my writer friends taught me a great tactic for naming minor characters. I google popular baby names around the time of the character’s birth and scroll through the list until I find one that suits the character I have in mind.

Nicole Putter is the author of the Shattering Series and several short stories. She completed four creative writing and journalism courses with honours between a successful career in finance. When she’s not writing fiction, she blogs about her passion for books and writing. She’s also happily married, and a proud mom of one son and a Jack Russel Terrier named Striker. You can connect with Nicole on: Author links:

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