Monday, November 4, 2013

Straight Chatting From the Library: Christy Nicholas

Christy Nicholas is visiting The Library today as part of her virtual book tour---she's giving one randomly chosen commenter a $20 Amazon Gift Card. You can see the rest of her stops here:

Thanks for stopping by The Library. Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

It is a guide on Mystical Ireland Travel.

What are you reading right now?

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, by W. Y. Evans-Wentz, in research for my new book on Scotland travel.

E-Reader or print? and why?

I prefer print, but I am adapting because I don’t have to carry the book around – and it doesn’t get dog-eared and beat up. I also like audiobooks, as I can listen to them while I walk or drive.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Dog-ear for paperbacks… but only if I own the book; bookmarks for hard covers, always. I have a lovely collection of them from Ireland with Celtic knotwork on them!

Favorite book you've read this year?

Bernard Cornwell's Death of Kings – the 6th of his Saxon Tales books.

Favorite place to read?

At home, curled up on the couch, with the rain pouring.

Favorite genre?

I switch between historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. I like when all three are combined, like in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

How do you keep your books organized?

By genre, and then alphabetically by author. I have a history section, a myth section, a fiction section, etc. Like any good library should!

What would make you not finish a book?

No sense of humor in the author or the characters, or endless proselytizing. I couldn’t finish Dune for both these reasons.

Keep books or give them away?

Both? I have several copies of my favorites so I can lend, but I rarely expect them back. I always try to keep a copy of my favorites. However, when I was getting ready to move to another state, I did a huge clean out of my library – I gave away over 1500 books to friends or the Friends of the Library Group. I still have about 200, but they are all either collectibles, reference, or my favorites.

About the Author:
My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I'm a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It's more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.

Find Christy here:
Find Christy’s book here, and at other eBook stores:
Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the Emerald Isle? Would you like to see places beyond the typical tourist traps? Come, join me on a journey through the mists of legend, into the hidden places of mystery. Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions. Along with the tales and history, there is practical information on planning your trip, budgeting your costs, and finding the best places to while away the magical hours of your holiday.


  1. Outlander was definitely a favorite of mine too! I love mixing genres :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. I like print books, I do give some away when I know I won't read them again.


  3. I would love to join you on a tour of Ireland, I have always been fascinated with it. Thanks for sharing Ireland and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  4. So much more then any guide I have ever read.


  5. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com