Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Tom Dolby

Today, we welcome author Tom Dolby to Nikola's Book Blog! Tom's YA novel The Trust has just recently been published and it is the second in his very successful and popular Secret Society series. This is why I am so excited that Tom is here today to answer some questions and, wait for it, do a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of The Trust! Welcome, Tom!


First of all, congratulations on The Trust being published last week! There must be much excitement in your camp!

Thanks! I'm excited to continue the Secret Society journey for my characters. I'm very fond of Nick, Phoebe, Lauren, Patch and Thad.

Why should people go and buy the Secret Society books right now?

Secret Society is the type of book that I like to curl up with on a snowy winter day - and now that its followup, The Trust, is out, the story has completed its arc. The Trust picks up right where Secret Society left off, so there's no more waiting around to see how those cliffhangers will turn out.


Your earlier novels, The Trouble Boy and Sixth Form, both have gay protagonists and could be dubbed coming-of-age novels. Do you think YA fiction is a good field for writing gay fiction?


I love good adult fiction with gay characters. I haven't written many fiction with gay main character that is "YA" per se, but The Trouble Boy and Sixth Form do have a lot of teenage fans, as they are about teenagers and twentysomethings. I think the teenage years are ripe for exploration, and doing it through young adult fiction is a great way to speak to young people while they are going through these formative years.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, an anthology of essays including your own, has just been adapted for the small screen. Would you like to see your Secret Society novels adapted for the screen as well?

Of course! It was thrilling to see Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys become a reality show on the Sundance Channel! Like any author, I would love to see my novels as films!

What is the biggest challenge you face as an author? Also, what's next for Tom Dolby?

I am working on a screenplay now, as well as starting work on a new novel. I think my biggest challenge is simply balancing work with new fatherhood (my husband and I had twin girls several months ago) - it's very rewarding as well as often exhausting!

Congratulations on your new family member as well, Tom!

Tom is offering one SIGNED hardcover copy (how cool is that?!) to one lucky winner. The contest is open to US (48 states) and Canada only! Contest ends February 22nd! To enter, leave a comment with a way to contact you in the comments. The winner will be randomly selected.

BONUS ENTRIES (not mandatory):
+2 for following my blog
+2 for tweeting about the contest (leave the link!)
+2 for linking to the contest somewhere
+4 for blogging about the contest
+4 for visiting Tom's website and coming back with a title you'd read other than the Secret Society books and the reason why!

23 comments:

drdavey said...

This looks like a great book! It would be so cool to have a signed copy! I hope I win! darendavey@gmail.com

throuthehaze said...

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I can't wait to read this new book :)

+2 follower

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ASHLEY HOLT said...

THIS LOOKS REALLY GOOD!!

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Kathy said...

Hey, Nikola, thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment. I wasn't sure if you would see my reply, so I thought I'd come here to let you know another book blog is giving away a copy of Exit the Actress--see here to sign up!

Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

Sounds awesome! GFC follower!!!

Lane

moiraethefates(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Nora said...

Hi, I love this series! So glad someone is giving the series some love!

+2 I follow your blog
+2 for tweeting: http://twitter.com/#!/TBLbookblog/status/36270990459666432
+4 I've read Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and I read it because it seemed interesting and I was right!

Good luck! :]

Nora said...

Totally forgot my email there... my bad!

nyelekli (at) yahoo (dot) com

Thanks again!

Jenny N. said...

I bought a copy of the first book not too long ago so would love a copy of The Trust.

+2 Follower of yours

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Jessica said...

I'd love to enter to win this book!

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I follow your blog via GFC (1)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I follow your blog via GFC (2nd entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/3togetdeadly/status/40183926186184704 (first entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/3togetdeadly/status/40183926186184704 (second entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I linked in my sidebar:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/

(first entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I linked in my sidebar:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/

(SECOND entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

blogged:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/2011/02/tom-dolbys-trust.html

(first entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

blogged:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/2011/02/tom-dolbys-trust.html

(second entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

blogged:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/2011/02/tom-dolbys-trust.html

(third entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

blogged:

http://therewillbeanothersunrise.blogspot.com/2011/02/tom-dolbys-trust.html

(fourth entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I would love to read THE SIXTH FORM. It not only sounds intriguing, but also has a mysterious edge to it. (first entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

THE SIXTH FORM also sounds like one of those really raw, honest books (second entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I love books that are so visceral like that and THE SIXTH FORM sounds perfect =)

jsididia at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

^that was my third entry, btw.

However, all of Tom's books sound great. Hope I get to read THE TRUST! (fourth entry)

jsididia at gmail dot com