September 2016 – Nikki Wilson
What are you reading right now?
Legally Wed by my friend Jennifer Griffith.
Do you have a favorite book/author?
Robert Jordan is my favorite author. His books are reminiscent of Tolkien but with even more details. I love getting lost in his world.
What author would you want to meet, living or dead?
Robert Jordan. And why? Because I could talk to him for hours about the world he created. He made it so real it would feel like talking about my home town and my best friends.
What inspired you to write Duchess?
Duchess started out as a writing exercise. I wanted to learn how to write with an outline and I needed a story that was going to be a stand alone book. The idea of Duchess had been rolling around in my head for awhile after I heard about a pop singer who studied music at Julliard and I wondered what would make someone go from studying opera at Julliard to singing pop music. The story just evolved from there.
What motivated you to start writing?
I’ve been writing for a long time, even before I knew how to write actual words. I wrote my firs book in third grade called, “The Day it Rained Jello”. It was an epic story complete with a cover made from the best cardstock my elementary school had to offer!
What motivates you now to keep writing?
My children and my husband. They encourage me to keep at it and to write. I want to show them that hard work and perseverance pay off.
What’s next for you?
I’m rewriting the second novel I ever wrote. It’s a clean romance about a single mom who left her abusive husband and went back to her home town where she runs into the guy who was her best friend in high school. It’s been interesting to compare my writing from seven years ago to my writing now. I can finally see how far I’ve come!
What advice do you have for people who want to write?
Don’t be afraid…of calling yourself a writer…of making mistakes…of failure…of success. Just write!!