Hi, my name is Nicole Wells. Everyone calls me Cole, though – well, except for Aunt Ruby. She insists on calling me Nicole. I usually don’t mind. I’m almost eighteen, but Mom says I’m an old soul. I can deal with that. My parents live in Baton Rouge, and that’s where I grew up, but I spend most of my spare time and weekends hanging out with Aunt Ruby. She’s not really my Aunt — I don’t think she’s really anybody’s aunt — but that’s what everyone calls her. She has a fantastic store in the French Quarter. She’s sort of an adventurer, and I’m hoping that I’ll follow in her footsteps.
What is your role in the story?
Well, I guess I was sort of tagged to play babysitter when Aunt Ruby’s friends came to visit. Parker and Lucas Chance. I was a little unsure at first, but man, those boys love their adventures. So I ended up being less of a babysitter and more of a partner in crime, you could say. Besides, Parker’s pretty cute. A little young for me, but maybe in a couple of years ... I do hope they visit again. Also, I’m pretty sure that they would’ve been lost in the French Quarter without my help. Not that they’re helpless, but I know a few things about New Orleans.
What is your favorite hobby?
Well, I love cars although it’s not something I talk about that much. I’m hoping I’ll get Aunt Ruby’s car one of these days. It’s a 1964 Coupe de Ville, and it’s beautiful. I love reading, mostly fiction, old fairytales, and the classics. I’m also really interested in the history of New Orleans, especially the French Quarter. That’s something I love learning about.
What is the challenge you are trying to overcome in the story?
It’s probably trying to deal with two crazy boys running amok in the French Quarter. Ha. Well, no, not really. We all had pretty good reasons to be going a little wild. I would say, seriously, that the biggest challenge was trying to follow all the clues without getting caught, or worse, by that horrible Madame Cillian.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
Oh, that’s a tricky one. I think that wish has changed since I met the Chance brothers. Before, I probably would’ve said that my wish was to travel the world. Pretty simple. But now, there’s so much more to the world, you know? It’s not only what you can see, it’s also what you can’t see. I think perhaps my one wish would be to meet a real vampire. Not one of the evil ones, mind you. I think Lucas was right — vampires come in all shapes and sizes, all temperaments — I want to meet one of the good ones. An old wise one who would be willing to share some secrets about this other world I just discovered.
Title: Keys to the Sun
Author: Marcel Feldmar
Genre: YA Supernatural
In a city built on legends, the truth is hard to find.
This is a novel-length fantasy based in modern-day New Orleans and inspired by The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, with maybe a little bit of The Goonies and Scooby-Doo.
Keys To The Sun is a mystery tale about three teenagers on vacation in New Orleans who find more than they bargained for when they discover a secret attic in an old mansion.
Lucas and Parker Chance, with their new friend Nicole Wells, find an old map and mysterious clues that promise to lead them to a long lost pirate’s treasure. With the help of their enigmatic Aunt Ruby they begin to search through the French Quarter, but soon realize they are not alone in their quest, and find themselves caught between the forces of good and evil as the treasure turns out to be the location of the legendary House of the Rising Sun.
Marcel Feldmar was born in Vancouver, moved to Boulder, ended up in Denver, went back to Vancouver, moved to Seattle, and ended up in Los Angeles. He is married with three dogs, and enjoys fancy cocktails. He is also a coffee addict and an ex-drummer for too many bands to mention.
Marcel attended the writing program at the Naropa Institute (otherwise known as the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics) and moved through a few college creative writing courses in Vancouver (Canada). He was distracted by music for a few years, but finally decided to trade in the drumsticks for a pen, and proceeded to write his first novel — The Devil’s Jukebox. After the book writing block was removed, the words started to flow. He is currently working on a more adult tale that falls into a similar style, which has been called “Paranormal Pop Fiction”, but evidently he is also starting to work on ideas for a sequel to Keys To The Sun.