Author Niquel is an artistic jack of all trades. She writes, does all of her own graphics, and makes custom handmade crafts for little girls. Born and raised in and around Boston, she's attended two colleges, Massasoit for graphic design and CDIA at Boston University for 3D animation. She decided to revisit her long lost passion for writing and created The Forbidden Series of books. Book one, A Forbidden Love will be released in March 2014 and the 2nd book in the series will be out late spring/early summer.
Niquel currently lives just outside of Boston, with her very supportive significant other and their two precious daughters.
Tell us your latest news?
I have my first signing in NJ this September!
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at a young age around 12. First it was in my diary, then just random poems and notes that helped me escape reality.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was about 12.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a lot of emotional obstacles that I’ve personally faced in relationships and I thought what better way to get them out then to make up a story involving some of them. Plus being a new mom of two I was very emotional at times and handwriting this story whenever I had a free moment to myself calmed me down when things got stressful.
Do you have a specific writing style?
How did you come up with the title?
I already had an idea of how I wanted the story to end and the title just came to me.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just to be careful with your feelings, and TRY not to fall for someone too quickly.
How much of the book is realistic?
Most, if not all.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Both. The really horrible parts are made up but most of the story line is influenced by true events and feelings some my own, some not.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I wouldn’t say this book influenced my life but it did give me a new perspective on writing raw, emotional characters. Beautiful disaster.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What book are you reading now?
The new girl by Tracie Puckett.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Renea Porter. We just met a few months ago and she has been so helpful to me! Her latest book is awesome.
What are your current projects?
Book 2 of the forbidden series, a possible novella as a companion to the series and I’m also working on two standalones. My brain never stops lol.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There are actually quite a few but my friend Katie was one of my main supporters. She wouldn’t let me stop no matter what. Any doubts I had about this, she’d kick my butt right in gear and tell me to keep writing.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy and I hope to keep sharing my visions with the world!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It all stemmed from being an artist. I was a very artistic child. I loved to paint or draw anything I was feeling and being the only child living with elderly grandparents, I needed my writing as an outlet because I couldn’t always tell them everything.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is a non x-rated scene. I smacked him right across his face for the remark he just made. He looked me dead in my eyes and fell to one knee in front of me, with tears gathering in his eyes. “I promise that as long as you are in my life, and I’m still breathing, I am yours, you will always own my heart, Ice.” I fought long and hard to hold back the abundance of tears that wanted to escape from my eyes, until he held me in his arms again. Every emotion that I had ever felt for him suddenly came rushing back, and it was if he had never left.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Some of the violent scenes were challenging, since I haven’t personally gone through them.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have two and I know this may sound cliché but Jamie Mcguire and Jasinda Wilder. They both write what they feel and that’s what I’m all about.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, the signing in NJ is my first trip as an author.
Who designed the covers?
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The last chapter, particularly the last five pages. It was crucial to the story and you’ll learn why my book earned its title.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To never hold back, and tell the story you want. Never change your story because you’re scared of negativity and judgment, because it will eat you alive. You have to realize you can’t please everyone.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes! NEVER give up your dreams just because your book or project doesn’t take off right away! Patience will get you a long way.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for supporting this new author. Because of you, my life has changed so much in the four short months I’ve been around.
Thank you to Niquel for doing an interview with us
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