A Conversation with Author Nita DeBorde

IR-  What does it mean to you to be called an author?

ND-  For me, to be called an author means that I get to invite people into my imagination and hopefully entertain them with my words. I get to create new worlds and characters and see where their stories take the reader…and me!

IR-  Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters?

ND-  My main character, Claire Abelard, works for a secret organization that assists and monitors energy projections, or the entities more commonly referred to as ghosts. In the first book of the trilogy, ghosts begin disappearing around Galveston Island, so Claire has to investigate, and in the process, she uncovers some potentially devastating secrets. The action of Ghost Agents: Revelations continues Claire’s story, taking her to Boston and New Orleans as she pursues a new, thrilling mystery, one that threatens not only energy projections but also Claire’s entire world.

IR-  What inspired the idea for your book?

ND-  A few years ago, I was on a ghost tour with a friend, and that night we didn’t experience any paranormal activity, though the tour guide insisted the location was usually pretty active. On the way home, I made the comment, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if someone was in charge of deciding when the ghosts made an appearance and when they didn’t?” The idea for Ghost Agents grew from there.

IR-  Tell us about a favorite character from the book.

ND-  I love the energy projections in these books. I am a huge history buff, so it’s a lot of fun to use the characters to work in a little history in a way that hopefully isn’t dry or boring.

IR-  Do you have any “side stories” about any of the characters? 

ND-  There are a few “bridge scenes” available at the end of each book that connect the three stories of the trilogy and give a little insight into some of the characters as well as the plotline. By the end of April, there will also be a bridge scene that will connect the Ghost Agents Trilogy to a collection of short stories called Ghost Agents: Lone Star, which will expand the Ghost Agents universe and launch a new series once the trilogy is complete.

IR-  How do you define success as an author?

ND-  If people enjoy the story and engage with the characters, I consider that success as an author. When people tell me they can’t wait for the next book, I definitely know I’ve done my job.

IR-  How do you avoid or defeat writer’s block?

ND-  I rarely suffer from writer’s block. I’ve found brainstorming really helps break right through that wall because you can just put any idea on the page no matter how stupid it seems and just keep going until something feels right. It really helps keep the creative juices flowing, and I actually find it invigorating!

During the brainstorming process, I like to play what I call “The What-If/Maybe Game” if I’m feeling a little stuck. I take whatever scene or plot point is plaguing me and I keep asking “What if…?” or considering “Maybe…”until something catches my attention. For example, What if her cat wasn’t actually a cat? What if he were a ninja? A Jedi? Maybe he’s the reincarnation of her sister? Etc…) 

IR-  What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

ND-  I would encourage them to really get familiar with 2 things: 1) How to craft a really good story, and 2) the ins and outs of the publishing industry

They need to know how to write something people will want to read, and they need to decide if traditional or indie publishing would be the best fit for their goals. Each path requires a lot of work, so it’s good to have an idea of what to expect before you dive in.

IR-  What are you working on in the near future?

ND-  I’m currently working on Ghost Agents: Retribution, the final book of the Ghost Agents Trilogy, which is slated for release in October 2022. I’m also working on a collection of short stories called Ghost Agents: Lone Star, which will be a companion to the original trilogy as well as launch a new series once the trilogy is complete. 

IR-  What comes first for you — the plot or the characters?

ND-  I think for me the plot comes first. Once I have an idea where the story is going, I can figure out how the characters can help get us there.

IR-  What has been your favorite reader feedback?

ND-  My favorite reader feedback has been having people tell me how much they can’t wait for the next book. I’ve also had “threats” on my life because of the major cliffhanger that ends Ghost Agents: Revelations, which is awesome!

IR-  How do you interact with your readers?

ND-  I love signing books and talking with people about the story’s plot and characters. I’ve taken part in a few live author events and visited a couple of book clubs, and that has been a lot of fun. I am on social media, and I respond to every message I receive, and I also try to like and/or share as many posts and mentions as I can!

IR-  What is your all-time favorite series? 

ND-  My favorite all-time book series is C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. I think this has influenced me because I like creating new worlds. I also love Agatha Christie, and her writing has definitely shaped my love of a good mystery. 

IR-  What do you look for in a story as a reader?

ND-  As a reader, I like a story where I can’t figure out the ending ahead of time. I don’t mind figuring out a few things, but if there aren’t any surprises, there isn’t really a point in coming along for the journey in the first place 

IR-  What are you reading now?

ND-  Right now I am working my way through James Rollins’s Sigma Force series, and I’m on the 9th book of the series, The Eye of God. I’ve also just started reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, though I’m only three books into that.

IR-  What is your author spirit animal?

ND-  I think maybe my author spirit animal would be an otter. I like to have a lot of action in my stories as well as humor. I just want people to have a good time reading what I write. I can also be easily distracted when working on a project, so I have to try to keep that energy in check.

IR-  Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?

ND-  I enjoy gardening and am an avid plant lady. I also enjoy being dog mom to my crazy and energetic Staffordshire-Boxer mix, Mabel. She definitely keeps me active and on my toes.

IR-  If you could have lunch with 3 authors who would they be?

ND-  My three authors would be C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, & Agatha Christie. We would talk about whatever the three of them wanted to talk about, and I guarantee you I would be basically speechless for the first time in my life! (Honestly, Lewis & Tolkien would probably debate theology and other deep subjects, so Agatha and I would hopefully talk about how to craft a good mystery!)

IR-  What would your dream library look like?

ND-  My dream library would be huge, with floor-to-ceiling shelves packed with books, and a comfy couch smack in the middle of it. There would also be a vacuum tube system connected to the nearest Half-Price Books so I could just send my purchases straight home instead of having to lug heavy bags!

IR-  If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?

ND-  I don’t really have any specific actors or actresses in mind, but I honestly would love to see my characters played by an ethnically diverse cast. I purposely avoided describing the ethnicity of about 90% of the characters because I don’t feel like it affects my storyline in the least and want everyone to be able to connect with the characters personally.

IR-  If you had a secret room that opened by pulling a book on a shelf, what book would you choose?

ND-  The book would definitely be a set of The Chronicles of Narnia, that way the people who know me well would still be able to figure it out and have access.

About The Book

Purchase Link – Amazon 
Ghost Agents: Revelations (The Ghost Agents Trilogy)

A new mystery to pursue … a growing threat… Will she be able to stop them?

Claire Abelard has never been normal. She has always been able to see and communicate with energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as ghosts. As an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, her abilities come in handy on the job, but they tend to complicate every other aspect of her life.

Now, four months after a series of world-shattering events in Galveston, Claire’s life is still in turmoil. No one at Bureau headquarters in Boston will even acknowledge the existence of the sinister secret organization known as The Syndicate, but Claire is convinced they are behind the disappearances of dozens of rogue energy projections.

When Claire hears that rogues in New Orleans are behaving strangely, she immediately joins the investigation. As she and her fellow agents unravel the new mystery, they discover The Syndicate has more ominous plans for the rogues than simply making them disappear… and it appears they have plans for Claire as well.

Ghost Agents: Revelations is a cozy, paranormal mystery that continues the story of Claire and her work with Bureau for Historical Preservation.

Purchase Link – Amazon 

About the Author

Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.

Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her “day job” job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.

She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, is the 2nd book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy.

Nita’s first novel, Project Lachesis, is currently available in both Kindle and hardcopy format from Amazon.com.

Author Links:
Website – http://www.nitadeborde.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/debordewriter (@debordewriter)
Twitter – @DebordeNita
GoodReads Author Page – https://www.goodreads.com/ndeborde

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