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As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. Traver decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said “no one could make a living” with an English degree. It wasn’t too many years later Traver realized it didn’t matter what the job paid—nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped.

Traver’s debut, DUPLICITY, a cyberthriller pitched as BREAKING BAD meets THE MATRIX for teens, is now available.


  1. Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

DUPLICITY is a YA cyberthriller in the vein of BREAKING BAD meets the MATRIX. It’s about a teenage hacker whose mirror reflection starts moving on its own and eventually trades places with him.

  1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Teens are my main audience, but anyone curious about technology, hacking, antiheroes, or devious mirror reflections should give it a try. Not only is it from the point of view of a character who is basically the antagonist (at least he starts that way), but it delves into some “what-ifs” regarding future technology. I’ve also been told it’s a fun, quick read by at least two people, so now I shamelessly tell everyone it’s a fun, quick read.

  1. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

DUPLICITY has a double meaning, both in regards to how Brandon sees himself and treats others, as well as a bigger plot element in the book … but you’d have to read to find out!

  1. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

The brilliant Kerri Resnick designed my cover, and I couldn’t love it more. Not only does it show both the “cleaned up” mirror version of Brandon (the black and white sections) overlaid with Brandon himself (the colored sections), but the shattered effect and the diagonal text – perfect for the themes in the book.

  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

As bad as I feel for Brandon and what I put him through, I have to admit he’s second to Seb, who you meet about halfway through the book. On the surface, Seb is happy and clever and fun and loyal–as long as you’re on his good side. He’s the kind of best friend that you never, ever want mad at you, because he WILL get revenge, and it will not be pretty.

  1. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

I guess I’d have to go with Vivien because she’s one of those “my way or the highway” kind of people and completely lacking in compassion.

  1. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

Hmm, good question. I would dig a little deeper into Emma’s background and how everything started between she and Brandon. She’s not as angelic as Brandon portrays her, and I would have liked to hint at that a little more.

  1. What’s the next project for you?

Right now I’m polishing a delightful YA horror story full of creepy things and people who are even more twisted than the monsters that hunt them.

9.What are you reading right now?

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore. It is magical and glorious.

  1. Any advice for upcoming authors?

My advice is to enjoy this time and all the excitement and nerves and possibility that comes with debuting. Don’t ever forget how amazing it was to hold your book in your hands for the first time. Cling to that magic and keep writing!

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A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he’s gone.



One Audible audiobook version of Duplicity, open internationally

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Michelle Willms