Gary Nilsen — Scriggler Inteview Series



Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight on some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their published and upcoming books.

Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight on some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their published and upcoming books.

Gary Nilsen

5 Sentences about you:
Gary Nilsen was born and raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, but his career and interests have taken him far afield. In the early 1980s he spent five years living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while working for an international group of companies. A decade later, his interest in underwater archaeology, found him teamed with a research fellow from The Institute for Nautical Archaeology and working on the excavation of an ancient shipwreck in the Red Sea. Gary has written articles on marine archaeology, appeared on a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, authored two novels, and recently received an MFA in Fiction Writing. During his tenure in the masters’ program, Gary was awarded the university’s Robert J. Begiebing prize for a writer who demonstrated high literary promise. He currently resides in New York with his love Nancy and their two Old English Sheepdogs, Harry and Nana.

5 Sentences about the book:

Timothy Brennan is seventeen and miserable; life unravels by the day. Driven to the brink of suicide, a fae creature intervenes and together, they discover there is more to Timothy than anyone knew. Learning that his mother’s death was murder, he begins a journey of revenge. The teen must now decide what to do about his new world before those who want to destroy the old ways find him… and kill him. If he can stay alive, Timothy may well be the key to restoring the lost realm of Alfheim.

5 Sentences about one of the books’ characters:
Timothy Brennan is a teen boy who finds himself caught in a downward spiral. He recently lost his mother and must now contend with an abusive uncle. His romantic fixation on a girl at school is a constant source of depression, especially since the girl he loves is involved with the boy who frequently bullies him. Timothy comes to find that he has certain latent talents he never knew about.

Why do you think people should read it?
The novel touches upon themes of bullying, social awkwardness, and depression, but also how the strength to overcome all comes from within.

Who is your ideal reader?
The novel is a young adult urban fantasy for anyone from the age of 13 and up.

Other authors you admire — especially contemporary. Anyone stands out in particular?
Contemporary authors such as M.T. Anderson, Scott Westerfeld, and Henry Neff.

How are you approaching the promotion of the book so far?
Social media postings, Book signings, Giveaway promotions, and blog tours.

What resources are you using, what events are you attending?
In addition to social media promotion, we are actively working on adding additional book signing events, and school appearances.

Cover design and editing — who did you use and how was the experience?
The cover design was compiled by Bookbaby from imagery I selected and with guidance regarding the font selection. The concept was to capture an image that suggested something about the world where the story takes place.

Print or ebook? (both in general and how do you approach this for your book?)
Both print and eBook versions of Alfheim are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. EBooks are also available through iTunes and Kobo.

If anyone is interested in doing a review — how should they approach you?
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