Interview with Author: Nix Whittaker
It is a great pleasure to welcome Nix Whittaker author of Lady Golden Hand.
Welcome Nix to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know more about you and your stories better!
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
I did this one backwards. I started with cover with a woman with a brass mechanical hand and the name of the novel Lady Golden Hand just popped into my head. But the series name is based on another series in this world called Wyvern Chronicles. Since this was going to be my first foray into mystery I went with Wyvern Mysteries so at least readers knew what they were getting into and yes there are dragons in this story.
Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…
Not particularly in this series. I do like to delve into multiple meanings for the names of my characters but since this was set in 1830’s London I knew I had to stick with the names that were around then. Since this is an anachronistic retelling of history and there was no Queen Victoria I was a little tongue in cheek about calling the dragon Victor. But Rayne was just about having an authentic name to balance out the other liberties I take with history.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
So one of the reasons why I like steampunk and Gaslamp is because I can take liberties with history. But I also wanted to stay true to the feel of 1830’s England which meant I had to do some research. It helps that my sister-in-law is busy working in the Tower at the moment and could help with some of the research. Though you’d be surprised what you find like the fact that eye rolling was more about flirting at this time than some sarcastic gesture. Or that newspapers weren’t competitive and shared stories.
What makes you laugh?
Dry wit and since I teach English I love a good pun.
What makes you cry?
Soppy movies. The cornier the better.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I love a good romance. So even though all of my stories have strong plots in another genre I always have multiple romantic tropes in there as well. In Lady Golden Hand we have enemy to lover trope as I think the sparks help with the romance.
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
Readers can always sign up to my newsletter on my website www.nixwhittaker.com where they can get free books and short stories. But I’m also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nix-Whittaker-1540555802866070/
More information on Lady Golden Hand and my other stories are available through the following links:
Lady Golden Hand: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MDSP3LW
Blazing Blunderbuss: https://books2read.com/u/31xNd6
The Mechanicals: https://books2read.com/u/mVBM1A
Wyvern’s Trim and other stories: https://books2read.com/u/mvvr0J
The Jade Dragon: https://books2read.com/u/3RVVrY
Ruby Beyond Compare: https://books2read.com/u/bQ9Yvd
Hero is a man: https://books2read.com/u/b5rn2p
You can run: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YPU0OVQ
Sorrow also sings: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015PHRUUK
Blind Leading: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B9VERNO
Model: Serenity: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FD4HJT9
Model: Scribe: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MYNVQCP