About the Author

Nicholas Sweedo

Q & A

Why did you write The Nightingale Moon?

I had some of the ideas in the book for a while, and one day I finally decided to put pen to paper. Getting started was the hardest part, but once I got going I didn't want to stop.

What is your background?

I'm originally from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, near Neffs, Jack's hometown. Now I live in Wisconsin, not too far from New Glarus, where Celine is from.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

That's tough! I don't know if I could pick just one. One of my sleeper picks is Paul Morphy. When I was younger I liked to play through old chess games, and he was my favorite player.

Do you have any other books planned?

I have at least one sequel in mind. At some point I'll be ready to start writing again.

Do you play Hearts?

Yes! I played with my family growing up, and I went through a phase where I played on yahoo. Now I play once a month with the same group of friends.

Time for some favorites!


Last of the Breed, Huckleberry Finn, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Da Vinci Code, The Grapes of Wrath, Cry the Beloved Country


Chariots of Fire, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom/Last Crusade, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Mask of Zorro, A Few Good Men, Field of Dreams, The Sting, The Bourne Supremacy


MacGyver, Quantum Leap, 24, Numb3rs, West Wing, Colbert Report, Hawaii Five-0, Band of Brothers

Sports teams:

Philadelphia 76ers, Notre Dame football, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles, U.S. Soccer, Manchester United, Swansea City

Last question: what three living celebrities would you want to have dinner with?

Richard Dean Anderson, David Blaine, and Stephen Colbert