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!

Novels:

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

Movies:

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

TV:

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