Author Of The Week: Chat with Nicole Castroman (Blacksouls), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Nicole Castroman (Blacksouls), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

Introducing Nicole Castroman, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. 

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.     

 

 

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Meet Blacksouls!!

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

 

 

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YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I had just parted ways with my first literary agent and my sweet husband suggested a family trip to Charleston, SC to cheer me up. I love history and did some research about the city of Charleston and discovered that at one point, the pirate Blackbeard held the entire city hostage. I then wanted to know more about Blackbeard and found out that only the last two years of Blackbeard's life are documented. Right there, the idea for BLACKHEARTS was born, a Blackbeard origin story. BLACKSOULS is a continuation of the story, because Blackbeard wasn't born a pirate. It's an evolution of his character.

 

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

Anne. Without a doubt, I love Anne. I needed a strong girl who could go toe-to-toe with the man who would one day become the most notorious pirate to sail the seas.

 

 

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. When I first queried my book and it went on submission to publishers, BLACKHEARTS was originally called THE LEGEND OF EDWARD TEACH. I still like the title, but I think BLACKHEARTS and BLACKSOULS are so much better!

 

 

YABC:   Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I've learned to love the revision process. I LOVE REVISING. That's where the heart of the story and characters truly emerge. As important as it is to get something down on paper, it's so much more fun going through and adding nuances to the story.

 

 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I truly believe I won the cover lottery. These books are historical fiction, but they're so modern and minimalistic. I love my cover aesthetics.

 

 

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

I've already read the ARC, (and LOVED it) but I'm excited for the release of Nic Stone's DEAR MARTIN. I have my copy already pre-ordered and I think everyone else should pre-order it as well. Just like Angie Thomas's amazing THE HATE U GIVE, Nic's book deals with the issue of race. It's real and raw and so powerful.

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

There were a few scenes in BLACKSOULS that were emotional for me to write. As part of my research, I read the words of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who taught himself how to read and write and became an abolitionist, author and orator. I think his works should be required reading in high school.

 

 

 

YABC:   Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

The villains in BLACKSOULS gave me the most trouble. I tried to find something redeeming about them, but in the end, I couldn't do it. There is nothing redeeming about their actions. Their motivation is greed, pure and simple.

 

 

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I enjoy both, but I've learned to appreciate the revision process so much more, especially working with a professional editor.

 

 

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

My family has learned that I'm right 95% of the time. I don't know if you can call it a superpower and I don't think we're supposed to "keep score" during discussions. But I'm typically right. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Blacksouls

By: Nicole Castroman

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: April 11th, 2017 

 

 

 

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Comments 12

John on Monday, 17 April 2017 20:25

I especially like the ship in the bottle cover, and these sound like exciting books!

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I especially like the ship in the bottle cover, and these sound like exciting books!
Susan Light on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:38

Love how the covers match!

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Love how the covers match!
kim p on Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:33

I like the first cover the best. It definitely gives me a great idea what type of book this is. And I also agree it's great that the covers match!

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I like the first cover the best. It definitely gives me a great idea what type of book this is. And I also agree it's great that the covers match!
Fay Tannerr on Sunday, 23 April 2017 12:38

I think the cover look cool and this novel sounds really interesting!

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I think the cover look cool and this novel sounds really interesting!
Lily M. on Monday, 01 May 2017 04:36

Yay pirates, I don't know but there's something about fictional pirates that I'm just intrigued with ?⚓⛵

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Yay pirates, I don't know but there's something about fictional pirates that I'm just intrigued with ?⚓⛵
Anne on Monday, 01 May 2017 18:31

A pirate story! I would love this! I like the cover too!

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A pirate story! I would love this! I like the cover too!
Shelly Hart on Thursday, 04 May 2017 21:44

Sounds good!Nice cover!

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Sounds good!Nice cover!
Isabella Wojnarowicz on Monday, 08 May 2017 20:02

this looks so cool!!

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this looks so cool!!
Penny Olson on Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:43

I love the cover of both makes. Makes me want to say "aargh". The synopsis sounds great. I love pirate stories.

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I love the cover of both makes. Makes me want to say "aargh". The synopsis sounds great. I love pirate stories.
Dan Denman on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:24

I like the cool, sinister cover. The synopsis makes me think this is a fun adventure.

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I like the cool, sinister cover. The synopsis makes me think this is a fun adventure.
Mindy on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:21

I love this cover & the synopsis makes me really want to read it!!

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I love this cover & the synopsis makes me really want to read it!!
Kelly G on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:14

Love the cover for this one! I can't wait to read this - I loved Blackhearts so much!

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Love the cover for this one! I can't wait to read this - I loved Blackhearts so much!

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