Nicole Pouchet talks to Alexander “The Engineer” Lim, host of AuthorStory by alvinwriter.com about her book, Trapped By a Song of the Beyond Fairytales series.
“Just straight romance, where boy meets girl, boy dumps girl or girl dumps boy and they get together - that doesn’t quite do it for me. I like to have some kind of world building or something that goes along with it.” ~Nicole Pouchet
Nicole’s publisher, Decadent Publishing, has a book series called Beyond Fairytales, and they assign a fairy tale to an author who doesn’t necessarily know the fairy tale they’ll be given. The fairy tale given to Nicole was a somewhat obscure one by the Grimm Brothers called Jurinde and Joringel, and from this prompt she wrote Trapped By a Song. Although Nicole kept a lot of the elements of the original fairytale, but she updated it to reflect modern-day Las Vegas and turned the villain from the original, who was a shape-changing witch, to that of a succubus, a demon which assumes female form to drain men of their energy.
Nicole points out that, compared to J. K. Rowling, whom she credits as having transformed the Young Adult (YA) genre of literature, her subject matter is oriented more towards adults, and thus has sex scenes, but her work is similar in that it contains elements that are fantastic compared to real life. Where doing research into paranormal romance, Nicole went to the Internet, rather than seeking out individual paranormal researchers to get as much information as she could on the paranormal elements she writes into her book.
Where book villains are concerned, Nicole picks the kind of villains that she herself finds frightening, particularly people who can change people and turn them into something that they aren’t, against their will. With regard to giving life to her characters, Nicole thinks of people familiar to her, such as her friends, or even celebrities, and then establishes her characters’ reactions based on how she believes those people will react when confronted with the particular situations found in the book. Nicole holds a degree in drama which makes her adept at figuring out characters’ motivations.
Nicole notes that, when she writes a novel, she does so essentially with herself in mind as the book’s reader. She admits that writing sex scenes is difficult for her, as she is aware that members of her own family are likely to read what she writes, and while Nicole admits she does get graphic with such scenes, she focuses more on the feelings than on the physical act itself, as well as keeping such sex scenes integral to the ongoing story to keep these from venturing into the field of porn.
Nicole Pouchet’s website for her paranormal romance book, Trapped by a Song is nicolepouchet.com/book/trapped-song.
On Amazon: Beyond Fairytales: Trapped by a Song by Nicole Pouchet