Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Nicole J Merchant Intro & Author Interview

📖 Nicole J Merchant 📖

A Very Grim Fairytale: The Diary of a Savior

The Green Eyes of Jealousy: A Short Story

Hell Bound: Book One of The Guardians Eyes

Pandora’s Promise: Book Two of The Guardians Eyes

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About Nicole:
Nicole was born in Vancouver, Washington, and is the mother of three amazing boys, and married to the love of her life. She has enjoyed writing since she was young, dabbling with poems and other short pieces for many years of her life.
Inspiration for her first novel hit her when a couple of her close friends suggested she take her writing further. She started her first full-length novel after that.
Nicole lets her imagination run wild, and her characters run the show.
She has never grown out of believing in fairy tales or happily ever afters, and to this day, hopes to meet a fairy one day—if not that, at least a vampire. She believes that all dreams can come true. If you believe hard enough, nothing is impossible. Dreams are just realities not yet started, and with hard work, passion, and a never give up attitude, anything is possible.

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Nicole's Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a mother, a wife, a writer, a teacher, an editor, and most days, I just like being around my family. I don’t lead an exciting life. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past fourteen years and have been homeschooling my youngest for the past seven. That’s pretty much me. I write, I teach, and I veg out with books and shows. Not too exciting.

Which writers inspire you?
All of them. Honestly, I don’t think there is just one author that has inspired me. I love a lot of genres and a lot of authors. If I could be half as good as them I would be happy.

What are you currently working on?
The third book of my series, The Guardians Eyes. I am about 2/3rds of the way done right now with the first draft and hoping to have it done and edited by the end of the year.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I was asked this question in another interview and honestly just picked someone random. I don’t know. I think for that I’d have to actually meet the ones wanting to.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I don’t think I ever just decided. It wasn’t like one day I woke up and said, “I want to be a writer!” I’ve always liked making things up. I’ve always been the girl that got lost in her imagination and could see it as real. My mother still brings up all the times she had to call my name so many times because I would be lost in my own world. As for the writing part, I enjoyed writing poems and things in high school. For a long time after that, I worked full time and read a lot but never sat down to just write. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I started that, but even then, I just shared stories with friends.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate, or longhand?
I write on a laptop. I’ll take notes longhand but after a few minutes, my hand starts cramping up. The laptop is just an easier and faster way for me to get my ideas out.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
Honestly, I usually start off with a plot. I’ll write down notes of where I want the story to go or what I want to include, but in the end, none of that matters. The characters take over and they end up writing the story. I have been surprised more than not of the events that have taken place in my books. I just wrote one yesterday in fact. I had an idea how I wanted this series to end, what I wanted to include, but then something was written that I didn’t even plan or think of. I think I have another me inside that takes over when I am writing and the physical me just gets to enjoy the ride and do all the work.

Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I do. I try to read every night before bed. It doesn’t always happen. We have a television—like most people in modern times—and sometimes what’s on there just sucks me in, or I am just too tired to read.
As for favorite authors, there are so many. I did just purchase twelve Piers Anthony books recently, and I love Nora Roberts, VC Andrews, Sandra Brown, and Jeanine Frost. As for having one favorite, I don’t. Each one is different, each story a whole new experience, I can’t just pick one. Especially after knowing what it takes to write these books.

How do you relax?
Obviously reading, but I also like to just watch movies or television. I do some crocheting once in a while, but I get more frustrated with that because I’m still a beginner. I can make a blanket and baby clothes, and have even made a few animals, but it’s all basic stitches, nothing fancy or very complicated.

What is your favorite book and why?
I don’t have one. I know that might sound horrible as a writer myself, but I honestly can not pinpoint one book that would be my favorite. I am not one that likes to read something over and over again. I’ll read it, enjoy it, and then move on. There are so many books I want to read, sticking to just one over and over again would waste my time on all the new ones I could be enjoying.

What is your favorite quote?
A good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, “Damn, that was fun.” - I believe it was Groucho Marx, but I could be wrong.

What is your favorite movie and why?
The Neverending Story. Seriously, it has been my favorite movie since I was eleven. Why? Well, if you’ve seen it, you will know why. A kid reads a book, gets to have the experience himself and know that it is real… Yeah, I should have realized then what I wanted to do with my life.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Johnny Depp, and not just because he’s my celebrity crush and has been since I was thirteen. He can be so many characters, so many personalities, and pull them all off remarkably. 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
That would be the same advice I’ve given on other interviews, do not listen to everything the internet has to say. There are people out there that think they know what they are talking about because it is what they believe. It doesn’t have to be what you believe. There are too many don’ts in this line of creativity, don’t do this and don’t do that… Why not? Why can’t we do that? Is it because it is something real or because someone said it and now everyone is going with it. What works for some, might not work for you. Be your own person. Create what you want to create, not what others want. In the end, it will be you that has to live with that work. It will be your name on it, not theirs. Own it and love it.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully still writing! In five years, I’ll be done homeschooling my youngest and will hopefully be able to focus all my energy on writing. I hope to be known and loved by people. I like making stuff up, I enjoy seeing others enjoy my stories, I love to share. I hope to still be doing that.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Immortality. I can live without flying or super strength or even laser eyes. I just want to live forever… oh, and be able to give others immortality as well so I can keep my friends and family with me always.

What secret talents do you have?
If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret, now would it? I don’t think I have one, honestly, at least not one that I have found myself. So, if I have a secret talent, I haven’t figured out the secret to unlocking it yet.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Greece. That might be obvious with what I write about, but it is true. Greek mythology has always been a fascination of mine. It’s confusing, the stories are never the same, or there are so many different ones out there that you never know what ones are true or not, but the depths of the imagination that the people had to make them up if they are not is just incredible. Incredible enough to stand the test of time and still be popular today. I’d like to visit the old temples, statues, and other things that still stand today. The history of it is just amazing.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
Pass. Can I pass on this one? I really don’t know. I don’t like to think about dying or accomplishing something before I do. I think my life itself is an accomplishment. Raising three children to be wonderful men is a great accomplishment. Being happily married and still strong after almost fifteen years is an accomplishment. I don’t have just one thing I want to accomplish. I want to be remembered, but that isn’t an accomplishment, that is just hopefully just me being me and people loving me.

What does your writing process look like?
Um, I sit with a laptop on my lap and just write. I stare at the screen a lot and reread what I’ve written if I am stuck, but other than that, I guess I just look like I am playing on my computer all day.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I think I already answered this with the last question about accomplishment. At least, those would be what I consider my greatest accomplishments. My children, my marriage, life… None of it is easy, and there are always road blocks. Being happy in a world full of chaos, that is my accomplishment.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The marketing! Oh boy, I dread that. I have to sell myself it feels and not my books. I just want to write. I just want to make up stories and see others enjoy them. I don’t want to figure out new ways to get the word out there about my books. I suck at that. I need to hire a PA that will work for free books. Yep, that is what I need to do. Then all will be right in my world.

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Yep, sex scenes! I have officially decided I will never be an erotica writer or detailed romance writer. I don’t like it. Not that I don’t have the experience… married almost 15 years. It’s just that I start to laugh and can’t do it seriously. I bow down to the erotica writers that can get that stuff on a screen and make it sound sexy. I, however, will stick to the killing scenes and all that stuff. Much more my style.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I could write a full-length novel. It was hard, it is hard, but I can do it. I have the imagination, I have the ability to take what is in my head and turn it into words, and I have the passion it takes to create something out of nothing.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have two… Dawn and Kim. They will always be the ones that I give credit to, to push me to do this. They have read a lot of my stories I made up before I wrote a novel, and they were the ones that have supported me the whole time. I love you guys! <3

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can, but it might change as it is still a rough draft. It is the third book of my series, The Guardians Eyes. The two main characters find out more secrets the gods have kept and more lies they’ve told. The majority of the story is them separated, each doing what needs to be done for themselves or the realms. I decided to do dual point of view instead of two more book because of where Pandora’s Promise leaves off. If I focused on one sister for one whole book, the next book would have to be going on at the same time, and I didn’t want that. So, instead, it is dual POV where every other chapter focuses on a sister and what she is doing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting what I see in my head out on the screen. The rough draft is always harder for me than the second time around or third. I think that is every writer though. Once I get the basic ideas down, though, I am like a writing machine. The ideas are there, the story is there, now I am just perfecting it.

What book are you reading now?
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. I just started it and am only on chapter two.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Fantasy and mythology.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Always. Doesn’t everybody? If not, then I might have a couple screws loose. I am always the characters. I don’t think I’ve ever written something where I’m not. It’s part of the fun of it all. You get to be them, you feel what they feel, you cry when they cry, you laugh when they laugh. It might just be me, but I think that is the best part. It’s like playing with dolls all the time but in my head!

Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
New ones? No, not as of lately. I’ve been on a kick about picking up some older series that I’ve wanted for a while, so I’ve been reading those. I need to get through my stack of paperbacks so that I can discover all the news ones out there. There are a lot I want to read, though.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Fear is your enemy. Don’t be afraid of it. Everything worth doing is going to be scary at first, even writing. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, that you are not good enough, or that you should give up. If it is something you are passionate about, you can perfect it. Work hard, learn from your mistakes, and don’t ignore the ones that want to help you. We all start from nothing and strive to be something. Don’t let the negativity of others stop you from doing what you love.

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