Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Aurora Sky Blog Tour with Nikki Jefford

I sincerely apologize to Nikki and Heather for the lateness of posting of this interview!
Holy cow what a bad way to start out 2013! 

I am honored and humbled that I was chosen by SupaGirl tours to start the Aurora Sky
blog tour! Today, I have a special guest in Nikki Jefford. For those who aren't in the know about Ms Jefford, she also does a YA series called Spellbound.

Let's get right to it. Thank you so much Nikki for agreeing to do a Q&A session with me!

Thank you, Shelley, for still kicking off the Aurora Sky SupaGurl blog tour - on the first of the new year. (So grateful for everyone’s flexibility.)

  1. When did you begin writing?

From the moment I could hold a pen! I wrote my first full-length novel in a spiral notebook in the fifth grade.

  1. What brought you to the paranormal genre with your series Spellbound, and now Aurora Sky?
Buffy! Honestly, I had no plans what-so-ever to enter the paranormal genre or YA. My goal was to find an agent for my historical romance novels. Then I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was so thoroughly entertained that I turned to writing YA paranormal as a way to deal with my Spike and Buffy withdrawals.

  1. If you could be any paranormal character or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
I have always wanted the ability to teleport. I tried in third grade. I was so convinced I would succeed I even packed a travel bag with snacks. Being far from family is extremely hard on me. (They’re all in Alaska and I’m now on a lonely island in Washington.) I’d mostly teleport to hang out with my best friend – my mom! That and travel all over the world. I’ve always felt more at home in foreign places.

  1. Tell readers why they will enjoy your new release especially Aurora Sky the main character.
It’s not boring. <laughs> I hope readers will enjoy the new sci-fi take on vampires. The humor. That’s the one thing all my beta readers agree on – they enjoy the dark humor. There’s a lot more violence and action in this novel than the Spellbound series. As far as Aurora, she’s flawed and makes decisions that will upset readers. To me, she’s very real. We’ll see how that goes. LOL

     5. Your Spellbound series was written for a more mature YA audience (15 &  Up), what audience is Aurora Sky intended?

I have an indie friend who says Aurora Sky should be labeled New Adult because the content is too mature to be considered YA, and another indie friend who says it’s totally YA. The main issue is the first time sex scene. I still consider this YA because Aurora is a teenager in high school. Frankly, I think parents should be thanking me for this scene because I’d read it as a teen and think, “Ugg, I think I’ll wait.” ;)

6. What is your favorite comfort food(s)?

The usuals: chocolate chip cookies, mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza, and hot cocoa (all made vegan). I love cooking and baking. More importantly, I love eating. I’ve even toyed with the idea of starting a book blog with my pastry chef friend with posts called “Review & a Recipe.”

7. What is your favorite place(s) to write?

I like writing at home where I can keep my dog, Cosmo, company, and talk out loud. I laugh a lot while I’m writing and make random exclamations like, “Oh, no you didn’t!” And the kitchen is three feet away, which is perfect for snack attacks.

8. If there was that one person you would love to meet, who is it and why?
Jane Austen. I’m a lifelong fan and I’d love to hear all about the Regency era from someone who experienced it firsthand. And I’d totally demand she spill the beans on Mr. Darcy. Is he based on someone real?

9. Favorite movie of all time?

10. Favorite actor/actress?
Clive Owen (swoons) and Scarlett Johansson

11. What is your favorite TV Show?

12. What other genres do you enjoy reading?
Historical romance, fantasy, memoir, biographies, travel, history, literary fiction, and classics.

Thank you so much for answering my questions!
Thank you for asking such great questions – you obviously do your research. As a former journalist, I’m impressed!
Best wishes,

I have also included my review of Aurora Sky that was posted before this hop! I hope you will take time out of your busy day and leave me a comment! Thank you!



  1. Great interview, Buffy totally rocks! It's my favourite TV show, too, and one of my main writing inspirations. I'm looking forward to following the rest of the tour.

  2. Thank you for kicking things off Shelley, and your earlier Aurora Sky review, too. And kudos for reading 384 books in 2012! Do you ever sleep? Suddenly my Goodreads goal of 75 feels lame-o. Pffft!

    1. You're very welcome :) To answer your question, uhm, sleep is highly overrated! :O)