Five Authors and the Five Books that Inspire Them –
Five by Five, May 7th – 11th:
Nicole Peeler is actually Dr. Peeler, if you please. With both a bachelor’s and a PhD in English Literature, she teaches writing at Seton’s Hall MFA program… when she is not creating havoc for her heroine, Jane True.
Five things I love about the Jane True series:
1. Bold Covers
I know the covers are technically not part of the stories but, in a way, they are your first impression of a book. And Jane True makes a great first impression. The covers are unique, bold, and quirky. And they have an edge. If you love them as much as I do, check out this interview
with the designer and cover artist for the series.
2. A True Heroine
Jane is a truly relatable heroine. She’s smart, funny, and, most importantly, grows over the course of the series. Character development is appreciated.
3. Unique World
Selkies, vampires, shifters, succubi, satyrs..anything and everything supernatural exists in the Jane True world, each with an original twist and a sense of humor.
4. Libido vs. Brain
Who doesn’t appreciate a good inner dialogue where your libido and your brain battle it out over what you should do and what you want to do. And when Jane’s libido wins things manage to get super sexy in wonderfully unexpected ways.
5. Nicole’s Voice
I’ve used these words a lot but Nicole’s voice is smart, funny, and irreverent. With the Jane True series soon coming to a close, I really can’t wait to see what she creates next. I have a feeling it will be just as original and just as surprising.
Without further ado…Nicole Peeler.
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
My biggest inspiration is definitely Charlaine Harris’s Dead as a Doornail. I accidentally read it first in the series, and it inspired me to write my own novel, Tempest Rising. I had just finished my PhD. and hadn’t read popular fiction for a long time. I picked up Dead as a Doornail and was instantly hooked by how sexy, funny, and fun it was, and I wanted to write a book that would make people feel like I did, reading that book.
The Amelia Peabody Series and the Vickie Bliss Series by Elizabeth Peters
Another big inspiration for me right now is Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody and Vickie Bliss series. They’re so smart and fun, I adore them. They also inspire me to try writing better, smarter popular fiction.
A Witchcraft Mystery Series and A Haunted Home Repair Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell
Juliet Blackwell’s series are also a big inspiration for me. I’ve always loved the mystery genre, and seeing how she weaves paranormal elements into her cozies is very, very inspiring.
The Sabina Kane Series by Jaye Wells
Jaye Wells writes another series I love, partially because she’s such a different writer than I am. Her books are great on all levels, but her action is amazing and it’s something I find particularly difficult to write.
The Works of Joey W. Hill
Finally, I find Joey W. Hill’s erotic romance to really be inspiring in how she can work through so many emotions and emotional conflicts through sex and sexuality. This is obviously an area I’m interested in, and I constantly recommend Hill to writers who are struggling with writing sex or intimacy in a way that clearly develops and extends character.
What are some favorite books from the world of Jane True?
Jane True’s favorite book would definitely be Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. She’s a bit of a Lyra, in some ways.
Anyan would definitely like the Russians, especially Dostoevsky.
Ryu would read things like “The Art of War.”
What’s next for Nicole?
As for upcoming projects, books five and six are still to release, for Jane True. That will end her series, as I believe in capping character driven series before they get old. As for what’s next, I’m not sure yet. Trying to survive the end of the semester, and I just turned in book six on May 1st, which will need some editing. So once all that’s done and I can breathe, my agent and I can regroup.
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