Author Interview with Niquel

April 16, 2014 by Fifi Flowers






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.

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Where are you from? 

Boston, MA

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? 

Not really.

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?

Jasinda.

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?

Absolutely not.

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? 

I did

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.

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Thank you to Niquel for doing an interview with us
Keep up-to-date with her latest book news

www.authorniquel.com
https://www.facebook.com/author.niquel
 www.twitter.com/authorniquel



Author Interview with Kelly Collins

April 11, 2014 by Fifi Flowers


Kelly Collins lives in Colorado with her husband James. She's the proud mother of three young adults that still manage to keep her on her toes and her head spinning. They are her greatest accomplishment. 

As a military wife, Kelly has toured the world like a rock star. This has given her the amazing ability to unpack an entire household in three days--another crowning achievement! 

Over her life, she has been a jack-of-all-trades, between dental assisting, teaching, and running her home staging business. Finally, one day, she decided to do something she was meant to do. She wrote. And she hasn't stopped since. 

Armed with a glass of wine and her laptop, Kelly loves nothing more than to create an alternate world that any woman would want to live in.

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in California but I now live in the beautiful state of Colorado.

Tell us your latest news?

I just released a new novel named Just Dessert



When and why did you begin writing?

I have always written something; my first published book came out in 2013. It’s called Tempo and it was written because the characters would not leave me alone until their story was told.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The minute I pressed publish for the first time.

What inspired you to write your first book?

A chance encounter at an airport inspired Tempo.



Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know, I just write.

How did you come up with the title?

For Tempo is was a location. Just Dessert referred to a particular habit.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, I think I write about people that have character flaws and yet they always manage to figure it. I am sappy when it comes to love.

How much of the book is realistic?

Oh, I imagine it’s mostly realistic with a dash of fiction thrown in.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, absolutely. All of the above.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I’m not sure that I am necessarily influenced by books but I love that authors like Anne Rice and E.L. James have helped make romance/erotica mainstream. It’s a great time to be a writer.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I have been blessed to have the help of so many great writers like Fifi Flowers, Ella Fox, Delaine Roberts, Jacquelyn Ayres, Kristi Webster. These women have helped me in more ways than I have words.

What book are you reading now?

Wow, I read a book every 2 or 3 days. The book I’m reading right this minute is In Death’s Touch by Elle Jefferson.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Lot’s, I love Ella Frank and Belle Aurora, Abigail Barnette. There are too many to name.

What are your current projects?

I have a lot of things in the works. I am working on several collaborative box sets, Brownie Points will release in May, Off the Grid should be finished this summer and then I am starting a short series called Crossing the Vine.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The IRAC girls!



Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, there is always a story to weave.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I love it just the way it is.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I had a high school English teacher that once told me that I would publish something someday. I think that was always in the back of my mind.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Off the Grid is about a privileged girl that leaves everything to find an authentic life.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding a balance between writing and my everyday life. When I’m in the zone, I forget about everything around me.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author is whoever’s book I just read. It’s the one that is fresh in my mind.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No

Who designed the covers?

I have various creative influences like Melissa Gill and Delaine Roberts. There is a whole village that I ask to look at my covers and give their thumbs up or down sign.



What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Self doubt.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned that I’m smarter than I thought and when in doubt use a comma.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep writing and ask lots of questions.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would love to hear from you. I write for your enjoyment, and I hope that you are getting what you want from my writing.


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Thank you Kelly for doing an interview with us!

Links to keep up with latest news about
Kelly Collins and her books

http://authorkcollins.wix.com/bestseller
https://www.facebook.com/authorkelleycollins


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