North County resident and young adult author Nikki Katz recently published her second novel, The King’s Questioner. The book, published and distributed by Swoon Reads, is about a boy named Kalen who has been cursed with a gift: he’s a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown. But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’ mind, Kalen saves his life – and uncovers a terrifying secret that could topple the kingdom.

Nikki is also the author of The Midnight Dance, as well as four nonfiction puzzle and games books. “I’m so very thankful for my readers,” Nikki said. “I love the idea that something (beyond my children) will live beyond me. Some time, some year, some place, a child may pick up one of my books and read it.” The King’s Questioner is available anywhere books are sold, including most online bookstores.