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Meet Nicole Kilpatrick!
Nicole Kilpatrick was born and raised in the sun-kissed Philippines islands, but now works and lives in the asphalt jungle that is New York City. A lifelong lover of books, she read the Godfather when she was twelve and instantly fell in love. While she still enjoys the occasional gangster novel, she has since discovered her true passion in young adult fantasy. Mario Puzzo was quickly replaced by J.K. Rowling in this author’s heart. When not writing, she can be found lounging in a cabin by a river, curled up at home reading a book, or concocting recipes in her cozy kitchen in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. Clover is her debut novel.
Clover is a Young Adult Fantasy novel that reimagines the leprechaun trope, depicting them as handsome, powerful fairies—and not the little mischievous sprites of lore. It’s an adventure and a love story which touches on the themes of luck, coming of age, and crossing worlds.
When a handsome leprechaun reveals himself to Clover O’Leary on her eighteenth birthday, she is faced with three hard facts. One: he is the reason for her remarkably charmed life; Two: her luck has now taken a turn for the worse. Three: her name is a curse; a malicious gift from the powerful leprechaun who named her while she was still in the womb.
In order to get her life back and undo the evil spell, she must travel to Ireland to seek the only creature who may be able to help: the Seelie Queen. With her intriguing leprechaun in tow, Clover crosses into the Faerie Realm, where fairies and mythical creatures abound and where finding her luck may ultimately lead to finding her love.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Long before I started writing Clover, I’d already been toying with the idea of leprechauns—and how they’re not really what we thought they were, i.e. not mischievous, little bearded men. What if they were actually handsome and powerful beings with the ability to bestow and relinquish luck? And what perhaps would it be like to fall in love with one?
In 2017, I finally took the plunge and started writing Clover’s story. I enjoyed every minute of the journey.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
That’s a tough one, but by virtue of having her name on the cover, I’m going to have to say Clover, but I do love each and every one of my characters.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
I think they both came to fruition at the same time. When I started writing the novel, I knew right away I wanted to call it Clover.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I don’t usually eat while writing—I don’t want to soil my keyboard (LOL) I do drink coffee.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I learned that balancing a full-time job and writing a book takes a lot of perseverance and dedication. I learned to develop a thick skin—the road to publication is filled with rejections! Most importantly, I learned to believe in myself and to keep trudging on despite self-doubt, lack of sleep, and myriad other obstacles. I discovered that as long as I don’t give up, anything is possible.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love that my cover accurately captures the feel of my book. It conveys a sense of magic and adventure, while inviting the reader to take a peek into a new world.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Lots. Ever since I’ve started writing, I feel like I have less time to read, which I really regret. I’ve made it my goal to read at least 20 books in 2021. I really want to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It’s been on my TBR pile for so long!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I thoroughly enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer’s second installment to the Cursebreaker series, A Heart so Fierce and Broken, and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. I also recently picked up a book that I knew nothing previously about, but ended up loving—It’s called The Pan by Jenny Hickman.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m currently writing a sequel to Clover and I’m very excited about it! Hopefully it will be released soon.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Persistence—I’m not one to give up easily.
YABC: What advice would you give to new writers?
I think that on top of time constraints, mental blocks, and other obstacles, the biggest enemy in one’s writing journey is self-doubt and the overwhelming temptation to throw in the towel, microwave a bag of popcorn, and watch TV. I feel that every time you’re able to resist that urge, you’re one step closer to finishing that book. Simply put, DON’T GIVE UP. If writing is a passion, then it’s absolutely what you should be doing.
By: Nicole Kilpatrick
Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult Books
Release Date: December 1st, 2020
One winner will each receive a copy of Clover (Nicole Kilpatrick) ~ (US/Can Only)
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