Nikki, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I wanted to wirte a book about my fatherâ€™s experiences in prison camp during WW2, since I had his journals. Around the same time I attended a writing class. From then on I was hooked!
awesome. What makes you passionate about writing?
Iâ€™m not sure I can answer that. I guess itâ€™s a way of expressing and researching issues and parts of life that Iâ€™m interested in. I certainly never expected to be obsessed the way I am. When people complain about writerâ€™s block Iâ€™m always surprised, since for me, I just canâ€™t stop.
Amen to that. What was yourÂ pathway to get your first book published?
My first foray into publishing went like this: I had written a fantasy that was so long it needed to be divided into three books. I sent the first chapters out to over 50 agents before I decided to go it on my own. I researched all the different publishing platforms, finally settling on Createspace because they seemed easy to navigate, not terribly expensive and FAST. I had spent five years getting my first book ready, wasted time waiting to get an agent and I wanted to see my book in print pronto!
What is the name of your book?
Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?
Once I decided to go it on my own I felt better. The marketing has been discouraging but everything else has been a delight! I think expectations are high when we go into a venture like this and it takes time to be realistic. It takes time and patience.
Yes it does…What books have most influenced your life?
The first one that comes to mind is Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. I also loved The Trilogy of the Ring, Franny and Zooey, C.S. Lewis, too many to name! Iâ€™ve been an avid reader since I learned how to read.
That is so neat. Please tell us about your book, Gypsyâ€™s Quest.
Gypsyâ€™s Quest is a sort of sequel to Wolfmoon Trilogy. I had planned to have it be one book but it has turned into a trilogy of its own. It takes place in a fictional land of Far Isle that in my mind corresponds to the Faro Islands, where Norse mythology abounds. This place contains the nine worlds of Ygrassil and the story revolves around Gertrude, a peripheral character in Wolfmoon Trilogy. The story traces what happens to her after the last book of Wolfmoon Trilogy and brings the reader into an entirely new world and new experience. She is pregnant and has no memory of the father or of the past month of her life. Two antagonists from the previous books have followed Gertrude and plan to steal her unborn child. To find out why and what happens youâ€™ll have to read it!
Do you sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?
I am whatâ€™s commonly referred to as a â€˜pantserâ€™. I sit down and write. If I get stuck I walk away until an idea presents itself. I have never outlined, not in school and not now! Many times I feel that the characters take over the story and sometimes I just watch them do their thing!
They do it perfect. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I would have to say my astrologer/writing class leader, Emily Trinkaus. She encouraged me, read through what Iâ€™d written and had only good things to say.
We all need mentors. Whatâ€™s your secret to making the characterâ€™s in your books come to life?
I let them talk to each other. I see them in my mind and I hear them when theyâ€™re talking. They do the rest.
Me too. 🙂 Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?
I used to be a silk painting artist but since Iâ€™ve been writing I donâ€™t have the time. I love to hike, I do yoga, I garden, I write a couple of blogs. I have a dog that I walk in the desert. I love to go out to eat!
Nice…How do you come up with your characterâ€™s names?
I usually choose names based on where the book takes placeâ€”like in Gypsyâ€™s Quest I used Norse names. If there are alien species I use simple three letter names or in Wolfmoon Trilogy I used names that were translated from Gaelic since it takes place in a parallel world next to Scotland.
Cool…What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?
I couldnâ€™t stop reading!
Where can readers go to find your books?
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