- Introduce yourself! What is your experience with writing?
Hello everyone! I’m a multi-genre author of modern, paranormal, and historical romance. I live in Virginia with my three crazy, wild, feral children, and our nanny Pitbull. We are surrounded by my incredible parents and I’ve been writing and/or telling stories since I was capable. I’ve always had an intense love of history and research, so my work began as mostly historical, but I’ve branched out over the last few years. I have twelve published works plus, one co-written book, and an anthology I was honored to be part of. A few more will be re-released by next year, along with other anthologies and some new stuff.
- How many hours a day do you write?
Well, hahaha, it’s never a consistent amount. With three little ones running around, I must work around their time. Some days I might get lucky with cave time in abundance, while others, I might get ten minutes or nothing. It just depends.
- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Actually, I love writing about the opposite sex. Men are far less complicated to write and whenever I do stumble upon uncertainty, I interview the many men in my life like an avid journalist!
- Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
I do. After I lost my guy in a car accident a few years ago, I threw myself into my writing to cope and it became a kind of therapy. He supported my stories and after he passed on, my words became uninhibited, raw. I started to trust myself, and in doing so, I found a lot of spiritual serenity in my characters.
- Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Every book I’ve ever read has left me with something special. All the stories have shown me another side of history, religion, politics, ethics, traditions… I’ve discovered more cultures, more insights… Nothing has made me think differently about fiction, but each book has made me more aware of how important a break from reality can be.
- What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I could never repay my mother for the never-ending fountain of inspiration she has been. From situations and escapades, she shared with me from before I was born, to things she has accomplished while I could stand witness, she has become the main source of clay for every one of my characters.
Otherwise, almost everyone who has passed through my life has left some sort of impression; something I could mold a protagonist or even just a side character from. I have friends that completely embodied the type of personality or appearance I needed to envision. That’s always a lucky feeling, but I owe them so much just for existing.
- How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
That’s not something I overthink, and yes, that has gotten me into trouble. My only goal is to tell the story that needs and wants to be told. I enjoy offering conflict. Going by a rule that a hero should have a little villain, and a villain should have a little hero. I like to feel that I’m making myself and readers feel something. Anything. Because that’s what books are supposed to do. So, I never write for shock value, I don’t do things to deliberately make readers cringe, I write them because that’s how the story goes.
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I have a huge author family that I network with daily all over the world. Their books have carried me away from any troubles or struggles. I’ve spent sleepless nights needing to turn pages, going on journeys and finding new perspectives on life. A couple years ago, I could have given you quite a few underappreciated names, but honestly, my author family’s careers have skyrocketed since then. They deliver epic stories, smart business sense, warm personalities, and they thrive from it.
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I drop things about myself into books that I desire to share, therefore, I’m mostly open about that fact. I dedicate each book in The Relationship Quo Series to anonymous people of note in my life. People that either taught me something about the topic of the relationship the book will explore or people that directly inspired a protagonist in them. I won’t ever disclose their names because their legacy is the story, not their identity. They will likely know if they read the story or see the dedication, but otherwise, muses are sacred and should be somewhat a mystery to readers, in my opinion. My job is to use the muse to create something that only a reader can really claim. It’s like buying a house. It’s just a house until you start to live in it, decorate it…
Characters are created by authors but made alive by readers.
- Where can readers learn more about you?
Readers can follow me in the links below and on my website: http://www.nicolesbooks.wix.com/authorpage