Monday, March 5, 2018

Nicki Chapelway on A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses


Nicki, Welcome to Homeschooled Authors. Tell me us about yourself?
I'm a High School senior and have been Homeschooled my entire life. I'm the second oldest of six children. Lover of windy days, animals, and waterfalls.  I enjoy reading, writing, and, on occasion, coloring. During my free time not spent reading or writing, I can be found daydreaming, watching Lord of the Rings among other exceptional movies, or watching Period Dramas with my mom. Fantasy is my favorite genre and I love dragons.

What inspired you to write A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses?
My older sister was a writer and like any dutiful younger sibling, I wanted to be just like her. I grew up wanting to write, but I wasn't inspired to write A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses until I read Percy Jackson I was pulled in by Riordan's writing style and wanted to write a book similar to that about ordinary teenagers living through abnormal experiences.

You are republishing it. What led you to decide to do that?
When I first published this book, I was fifteen years old and only just starting off as a writer. I realized how much it needed to be changed, as I was trying to write the third book in the My Time in Amar series and saw that I had written myself into some corners. So I decided to go back to my earlier works and smooth out the writing.

What is Chelsa Welling's most endearing quality?
Her perseverance, she doesn't let anything get her down. Whatever life throws at her, she'll keep going. For her, giving up isn't an option.

What is her most frustrating characteristic?
Probably how dense she can sometimes be (as I'm sure many of my other characters would agree), how she can be so blind to what is going on around her, and her inability to accept change.

What have you enjoyed most about revisiting this book?
Getting to know my characters all over again. I was able to put in traits that I recognized in Chelsea, Easton, Clint, and Bobby while writing the second and even third book, making room for even deeper character development.

What is next for you?
Rewriting and republishing the second book in My Time in Amar: A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses; writing the third book in My Time in Amar; and I'm currently working on a couple of series that I hope to see published in the next few years.

Where can people keep up with you?
My Website:

Where can people buy the book?
Barnes and Noble:

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