WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Nicole Kurtz

Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s a member of Horror Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. She’s written for White Wolf’s Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Anthology, Bram Stoker Finalist in Horror Anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters, and Serial Box’s The Vela: Salvation series. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as 11 novels and three active speculative mystery series.

Wolf: Nice of you to swing by. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Nicole: The strangest food I’ve ever eaten was a chocolate covered grasshopper. It was hard but sweet. Crunchy but not nutty, and because of that I didn’t like it.

Wolf: I’ve never tried one of those, but it’s on my list. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Nicole: The nicest thing I’ve ever done for my character, is in my Minister Knights series, Devourer, allowing Zykeiah to fall in love again. She’d been broken in the love arena, and I wrote a love interest for her that helped her become whole again.

Wolf: That was very sweet of you. Nothing beats love. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Nicole: I used to be a cat only person, but since getting married, I now have two dogs. They’re delightful and fun and frustrating and loving. I very much have been converted to a dog person.

Wolf: I’m particularly fond of dogs as well. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Nicole: If I could have a super power, it would be telekinesis. I want to be able to move things with my mind.

Wolf: Cool. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Nicole: I leave and call the police! I’ve seen enough horror movies to know better. LOL. I’d rather be embarrassed then dead.

Wolf: Good call. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Nicole: Right now, my favorite character is Prentice from my KILL THREE BIRDS novella. She’s a hawk who has a magical ability to see the unseen. She’s focused, but not hardened. She still has faith in people, and sometimes that bites her.

Wolf: Not too hard, I hope. What story are you working on now?

Nicole: I am working on the second story in my Kingdom of Aves fantasy-mystery series. It involves a kingdom based on birds, magic, and a matrilineal society.

Wolf: Sounds wonderful. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Nicole: I garden when I’m not writing. It’s another avenue for me to be creative. Subscribers to my newsletter get to see the results of my green thumb.

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. Catch up with Nicole at these sites:






Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.



A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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