Author Interview: Joy on Paper

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Jun 22, 2016 in Writer's Life
The mic is on...Photo by Alan Levine, Creative Commons

Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with Patzi (with a z) on her radio show Joy on Paper. She was an amazing host, and I few times, I forgot I was doing an interview! It totally felt like I was talking to an old friend. We talked about my book deal for THE PREY OF GODS, and about a lot of my short fiction. She even played song snippets of some of the songs I mentioned by name in my stories. I’d never really noticed that I had a tendency to do that. There’s a LOT of music in my novel, too. (One of the characters is a pop diva.)

She also made me promise that if my book ever becomes a movie, I’ll have to invite her to the premier. Deal!

Listen to the interview here.

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THE PREY OF GODS sold to Harper Voyager!

Posted by Nicky Drayden on May 8, 2016 in Writer's Life


Photo by ellenm1, creative commons

I’m thrilled to announce that my debut novel THE PREY OF GODS has sold to Harper Voyager!

See the official announcement here.

THE PREY OF GODS is a near future thriller set in South Africa in which a diverse set of characters imbued with supernatural abilities by a street drug called Godsend must band together against a disenfranchised goddess who intends to remake their world and change the fate of humanity forever.

I’ll be working with Editor David Pomerico at Harper Voyager, who’s just excited about this book as I am. Editing is already underway, and I’m looking forward to the book’s release next summer.

Special thanks to my awesome agent Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency for working so hard behind the scenes to make my dreams come true! Thanks also to Slug Tribe, the Austin SF critique group, for their feedback and encouragement on the first few chapters of this, and the Bat City crit group for their support, along with the support of all of my friends (writerly and otherwise) and family over my journey towards publication.

Oh, and sign up for my newsletter if you want to keep up with the latest happenings and such!

(Also to note, the Publisher’s Weekly blurb mentions that I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the Drabblecast, which should say Editor-at-Large, my current project being the special anthology entitled “Women and Alien’s Month.” The first story in the series is out right now! Check it out here.)





Great Scott!

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Jan 14, 2016 in Writer's Life

deloreanSaw this in the parking lot on my way to work this morning. I’ve seen it around the area before while driving. Totally lights up and everything. Then I remembered that under my jacket, I also happened to be wearing my Save the Clock Tower t-shirt. (My second such shirt, I wore its predecessor out.) Logic dictated that I needed to risk being late to the office in order to take proper pictures with this thing. So I made a u-turn, and went back. After all, any boss who doesn’t take “Oh, I had to stop and take selfies with a tricked out DeLorean” as an excuse for tardiness is not worth working for.

And to top things off, this is what I’m reading now, an awesome Christmas present I got from my parents earlier this week. I’m only a couple dozen pages in, but the story behind the movie is so amazing…how long it took to sell the script, how they shot the first few weeks with a different actor as Marty, how the clock tower and lightning scene was a last minute add-on to get the movie under budget.



It also has a lengthy list of actors they entertained for Doc Brown that I found fascinating, imagining how the movie would have worked with John Lithgow or Steve Martin or Eddie Murphy? So, it seems that the universe is trying to tell me something. Maybe it’s that I’ll soon cross paths with  Micheal J. Fox. After all, it’s my density, right?


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