As part of Celebrate Lit’s blog tour for Like Moonlight at Low Tide, I am pleased to welcome Nicole Quigley to the blog today!
Nicole Quigley is the author of Like Moonlight at Low Tide, a winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers “Carol Award” and “Genesis Contest” for best young adult fiction. Nicole works in public relations and spent many years in Washington, D.C. She now lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where she grew up. Nicole holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, where she majored in Communications/Public Relations and minored in English. Her favorite place in the world is Western North Carolina, and her favorite place to write is a late night coffee shop, wherever she can find one open.
Her young adult novel, Like Moonlight at Low Tide, has been called a ‘stunning debut’.
“…a darkly poignant inspirational romance that will linger in the mind well after reading it.” -USA Today
For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.
But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.
Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.
Hi Nicole! Welcome to the blog!
Nicole: Apples. They remind me of the fall.
Carrie: Yes! me too!
Nicole: Summer! I love doing anything with the water – swimming in lakes, going to the beach, or even rafting.
Carrie: Those things are definitely more difficult to do in the winter 🙂 Which is why I love winter – no chance of being unwittingly forced to do any of those activities. haha!
Nicole: Dogs. Cats are out to get me. (I’m very allergic.)
Carrie: My mom & my husband are very allergic as well. Plus, dogs are cuddlier 😀
Nicole: Coffee. Because it’s a requirement when you’re a writer.
Carrie: Oh totally.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Nicole: Could time travel be a super power? If so, that’s what I would pick. I love stories, and I think time travelling would let me see more of them in person.
Carrie: Time traveling SHOULD be a superpower 😉
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Nicole: I read “The Story of With” by Allen Arnold. It is about the role of stories in our lives and the creative process, and it is an essential book for anyone who loves to create. I highly recommend it!
Carrie: I have heard such great things about that book!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Nicole: It may not be very weird, but I had to do more research than I anticipated for my next book about cell phone use. The story takes course over several years. My characters make a big discovery when they’re kids, and then they meet again when they’re seniors in high school. As I wrote the story, I realized that whether or not they had cell phones on them (or social media) at the time they made the discovery would have made a significant impact on their choices. The presence of the device actually determined points in the plot. It makes you think about how much cell phones impact our behavior now, not only in how much easier it is to communicate or how distracted we are. But they impact our real-world decisions.
Carrie: That’s really interesting! We rely on our cell phones so much now, don’t we?
Q: Describe your main characters and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Like Moonlight at Low Tide as a movie!
Nicole: The main character in “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” is Missy Keiser, who was once called the ugliest girl in school. She moves away for a few years. When she comes back, she’s blossomed and starts to get everything she ever wanted. Her story weaves between three boys: one who loves her, one who couldn’t, and one who didn’t know how. I think the actress Mackenzie Foy, who was in “Interstellar” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” would be a great pick. Irish actress Ann Skelly would also be a great pick. I saw her in the “Red Rock” series, and she gave a raw, vulnerable performance. She is one to watch.
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Carrie: I love this – “one who loves her, one who couldn’t, and one who didn’t know how” – that definitely intrigues me 🙂
Q: What surprised you about Like Moonlight at Low Tide or your characters as you wrote their story?
Nicole: What surprised me about writing the book was how hard it was to end it. I played with several endings to the story. But, even when I decided how to finish the story, I wasn’t quite ready for it to end.
Carrie: I bet readers feel the same way!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Like Moonlight at Low Tide?
Nicole: I hope that readers will see this story as just one example of how the things we go through are never wasted. They’re never forgotten, not by God. He promises to work them together for our good in the end, according to His will. That doesn’t mean that the things we go through are part of God’s “Plan A.” It just means that He won’t let our pain to go to waste. He will bring us through every time.
Carrie: Amen ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂
To celebrate her tour, Nicole is giving away a $50 Amazon Card!!
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