Welcome to Meet The Newbies, a co-hosted event from Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school aka the 2015 debut authors.
Meet N.K Traver:
As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. TRAVER decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said “no one could make a living” with an English degree. It wasn’t too many years later Traver realized it didn’t matter what the job paid—nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Traver’s debut, DUPLICITY, a cyberthriller pitched as BREAKING BAD meets THE MATRIX for teens, releases from Thomas Dunne Books on 3/17/15.
Meet her debut novel:
Author: N.K Traver
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Published: March 17, 2015 from Thomas Dunne Books
A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both. In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires. Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places. And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he's gone.
N.K Traver, thanks so much for participating in Meet The Newbies! Check out her top ten awkward debut moments.
TOP TEN AWKWARD (AND AMUSING) DEBUT MOMENTS:
10. My mom putting an announcement for my book in the church newsletter. (I mean, my book's generally tame, but I feel like it's more likely to inspire a "And this is why you need Jesus" talk)
9. Being in a bookstore with any of my family, who inevitably snag random strangers to tell them, "Hey, here's an author right here and here's her book!"
8. After pitching my novel to a local bookseller (and being very proud of myself for not passing out from nerves), I handed him a bookmark to keep in case he wanted to order it. He smiled, glanced at it, and handed it back.
7. At my launch party, I had been signing everything with the date (3-21-15), when my first non-family fan approached with a book. While talking to her, I wrote "3-15" before I realized what I'd done. Then I just added another 15. She now has a book dated 3-15-15, which is 2 days before the book even released.
6. At same launch party, someone asked if I knew the guy on the cover and was so sad when I said no. (I'm sad about that too, lady.)
5. After I excitedly told my local library that I lived down the street and had just been published, I asked if they'd be interested in stocking my book. The lady went back to typing on her computer and said, "You have to tell our parent branch if you want it stocked here." That was the end of the conversation.
4. All meals out with family/friends now include an inevitable pitching of my book to the poor waiter/waitress by said family/friend. This also happens at Chipotle and Walmart.
3. The first chance I had to introduce myself as an author who wrote for teens, the guy chuckled and said, "Oh, I don't read children's books."
2. Having lunch with Andrew Smith at a writers conference, I got so frazzled that I was getting to meet him that when he asked which imprint of Macmillan I was published by, I had to ask my critique partner (Lori Goldstein) for the answer.
AND THE #1 MOST AWKWARD THING about getting a book published: "Questions" about the book from friends. Like, did I have to act out the steamy scenes with my husband to make them so real? (WHAT even)
N.K Traver has kindly offered to giveaway an audiobook of Duplicity (through audible). This is open Internationally, as long as you have the audible app or can download an audible book!
Check out our kick-off post to win a bundle of debut ARCs.
Meet some of the other newbies! Check out their posts and giveaways:
- Melinda Salisbury
- Becky Wallace
- Jen Brooks
- Elaine Dimopoulos
- Jenny Martin
- Holly Bodger
- Gina Ciocca
- Maggie Lehrman
- Renee Ahdieh