About Nikki as an author
What inspired you to write your first book?
That would have to be my love for fan fiction and the support of two best friends who I wanted to immortalize about five or six years ago. That book is no longer available though, maybe one day it will be again.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Chick-lit and Cozy Mysteries. I’d love to one day write a full blown murder mystery but we’ll see.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from two months to six, depending on my schedule. It’s difficult with two kids under six, so a lot of my writing is done super early before anyone wakes or late into the night when everyone goes to bed.
I just wrote one now that made me laugh out loud but that’s in a WIP. But before that, it would have to be a scene from Haunting Me, book one in the Edie Edwards cozy mystery series. Anything to do with that crazy, dramatic ghost makes me laugh.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t just write what you know. Worst advice, I feel. How are you going to improve if you stick to things you know everything about? Research comes hand in hand with being a writer, an author, even in genres like Chick Lit and Cozy Mystery. Sometimes I end up research the weirdest things for hours on end…It kind of weirds people out the amount of random information I know.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Other than ‘THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I love it, and need it, and love you!’ I’d also tell them to never stop reading. And to review, even just one little line. One sentence. Reviews are important for authors when it comes to algorithms and while I hate that, I know it’s needed.
How do you beat writer’s block?
I tell myself it doesn’t exist and I sit down and push through it OR I distract myself. I take a walk with my dog, make myself some tea, or watch a few episodes of the current show I’m binging. Then I come back to it. You just need to get inspired again, or force the inspiration.
Are any of your characters based on you?
I don’t think so. Maybe there are a few traits here or there but ultimately no. I’d love to become Edie Edwards though, I just adore her.
About Nikki’s new release, REUNITING REALITY
Reuniting Reality is about a woman named Julie Duncan, who left a rather popular reality TV show years back because of heartbreak. Now she has to go back because she needs the money, and to really, get out of her rut and make up with a friend she had wronged. She ends up having to battle with the woman who stole her husband and the man who broke her heart, so it gets tricky and ridiculous at times.
How did you come up with the title?
My amazing publisher came to my rescue, I don’t know what I would do without her. I hate coming up with titles for my novels, I suck at it.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, never try to be something you’re not to show people up or impress them. It’s not worth it.
About Nikki as a reader
What books have most influenced your life most?
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Because Karan is random
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Binge my favorite television shows or movies, read, walk my dog, listen to podcasts, yoga. Nothing super exciting or fascinating.
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
Has to be this one, ‘How can someone make money being an author?’ I feel like people think authors can give them the secrets of skipping the majority of the work, stress and uncertainty for a big pay check. That’s not how it works; the majority of authors these days make a couple hundred a month if not less. It’s not easy being an author or writer and there is NO easy way to become a best seller or get an agent or a publishing contract. There’s a certain type of bravery and resilience involved in this kind of life, if you wish to be in it for the long haul.