Tuesday, October 17, 2017

0 Nikki Katz, author of THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, on taking a journey of self-discovery

We're thrilled to have Nikki Katz stop by to talk about her newest book, THE MIDNIGHT DANCE.

Nikki, what was your inspiration for writing THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

I was actually halfway through writing another novel when I suddenly was struck by the concept of Pinocchio and live puppets. I envisioned a group of girls being mind controlled and what that would look like ... the terror in wondering who you were and your history and trying to find yourself. I immediately started writing and finished a draft in less than two months.

How long did you work on THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

I wrote the first draft over five years ago. I then revised several times to get my agent (including changing from first to third person and an entire rewrite of 2/3 of the book!) I then had to revise again once SwoonReads purchased the novel.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE MIDNIGHT DANCE?

This novel in its first draft was very much a journey of self-discovery for me. Even as an adult I struggle with finding myself and my path. Much of the original story was stripped away in revisions but I still hope this journey resonates with readers.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I wrote 5.5 novels before THE MIDNIGHT DANCE. None of them have been published although I want to go back to two of them!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I actually have to work in complete solitude with no noise. I can't even have the possibility of interruptions - which means all three of my children have to be out of the house!

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the first 50 pages of my option novel with SwoonReads. It's a little bit more high fantasy than THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, but with some interesting magical elements and more mind control!


The Midnight Dance
by Nikki Katz
Swoon Reads
Released 10/17/2017

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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Nikki is a professional author, editor and freelance writer. THE MIDNIGHT DANCE comes out this month and THE KING’s QUESTIONER is set to be published Fall, 2018 (both novels Swoon Reads | Macmillan).

Nikki is the Managing Editor for SocialMoms.com and a Scribe for Book in a Box. She has written and published articles on a variety of topics: celebrities, entertainment, parenting, pregnancy, women’s issues, commerce, finance, games, puzzles, and more. Some of her work has appeared on Storia, About.com, iVillage, and b5media.com. She is also the author of four books in the puzzle and games genre.Previously, Nikki was a project manager, a management consultant, and her degree is in aerospace engineering. Yes, it is rocket science!


Have you have a chance to read THE MIDNIGHT DANCE, yet?

Like, Nikki, I prefer to write in silence. What about you?
Writing can often turn up bits of ourselves we might not otherwise see -- what surprising things have turned up in your own manuscripts?

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Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Erin, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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