MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KRISTY NICOLLE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, I’m Kristy Nicolle! My books are a mix of epic high fantasy, urban fantasy and romance. I also have a standalone dystopian romance novel currently available.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I currently have eight available titles, seven of which link together in a concept known as The Kristy Nicolle Fantasy Infiniverse. This is a fictional fantasy universe with multiple dimensions built upon the concept that no character is a secondary character and that all things connect and collide in one way or another. The first saga in this series is called Queens of Fantasy and follows the journey of three Queens; A mermaid, A demi-god, and a fallen angel. This saga follows said Queens through three separate trilogies- the tidal kiss trilogy, the ashen touch trilogy and the aetherial embrace trilogy which tell the individual stories of each dimension and its corresponding queen, before colliding in a tenth book where all the queens meet to kick ass! This idea came to me when I was writing the first trilogy which is all about mermaids and realized I wanted to make the universe as big as possible, so I could tell as many character’s stories as I wanted.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always loved fantasy, I honestly can’t say I considered writing in any genre other than fantasy. It was just an automatic fit for me.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A LOT. The Tidal Kiss Trilogy in Particular is all about mermaids, and takes place under the surface of the Pacific. It took me years to compile the necessary research to make the mythical world of the Ocean come to life in the most accurate way possible. My series also twists myths from multiple religions and faiths, so I did a lot of research on the origins of those myths and their surrounding culture as well.
Can you tell me about your Series?
It’s diverse. As in, I think there’s something for everyone. Each book takes place through the first person perspective of four different characters both good and evil, so you really get an idea of the scale and beliefs of each side of the equation. I don’t really like to say ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and you’ll find in Queens of Fantasy that there are some antagonists you find yourself sympathizing with, or even rooting for which I love.
The first trilogy- The Tidal Kiss Trilogy is all about a race of Mer warriors who are blessed by a council of Gods and charged to protect the Ocean from demons which are entering our dimension through the ocean floor.
The Second Trilogy- Which is the one I’m currently writing book 2 for, is called The Ashen Touch trilogy and focuses on the underworld. It’s full of sass, spunk, Gods made mortal and a lot of action, with hot sex and tons of demons. I love this series in particular, because I got to give characters like Lucifer, Haedes and Thanatos real world personalities.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favourite book out of The Queens of Fantasy Saga so far has to be The Opal Blade (Book one in The Ashen Touch Trilogy) with The Kiss That Saved Me (Book 2 in the tidal kiss trilogy) coming in a close second. I love playing with darkness and light, and both these books allowed me to do this.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I didn’t think it would get quite this big, but yes, it was always intended to be a long story.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have fibromyalgia, so I work to a loose schedule to allow for flares and managing my condition. I will typically get up whenever I naturally wake, have coffee and breakfast and then sit down to write. I usually do two stints, 2500 words in the morning and 2500 words last thing at night. My goal is usually about 5k a day on average and I’ve just passed my millionth published word, not bad considering I’ve only been doing this 26 months.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! My new book is the sequel to The Opal Blade which is called The Onyx Hourglass! I also have a short story linking to my mermaid trilogy releasing in just a week on the 14th of February called Beyond the Shallows.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names for me aren’t something I give a great deal of thought to, mainly because they’re usually just there in my head. I always knew my anti-hero for The Tidal Kiss Trilogy would be called Azure, and knew the Antagonist would be called Solustus. I try to use unique names, and I’ve been having fun shortening names and gender bending names for well known characters in The Ashen Touch (For example… Lucifer is called Luce and is a woman.) More important for me are place names. The Occulta Mirum, the underwater city in The Tidal Kiss Trilogy means- The Hidden Wonder. The Gelida Silentium which is a city of ice in the Arctic Ocean translates to mean- The Frozen Silence. I also have the Exilia Multum in the Ashen Touch Trilogy which translates to- The Long Exile- and then Solis Castra for Trilogy three, meaning- Castle of the sun.
Where do your ideas come from?
I wish I knew, but as long as I can remember I’ve always made up stories, I guess now it’s just something I do without realizing it.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I would love to write historical fantasy romance, or science fiction, when I get the time.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting my ass in the chair on bad pain days and typing despite the fact I feel like crap. Once I’m writing, it’s a massive escape for me, but getting to the point where I’m motivated and have the energy some days is hard. I always feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the infiniverse too, which leads to crippling self-doubt, as I’m sure every single writer on the planet can attest to suffering from.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
For me personally, I don’t like them because I feel like often they’re simply slideshows of stock images with words and music. If I had all the money in the world I’d love to have one for my books, but I’d want it to be live action with awesome special effects.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
The first year I published I put out over half a million words. It was a lot of work and I was dealing with a new diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Reactive Hypoglycaemia, so I’m really proud I managed to finish an entire trilogy in twelve months.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Readers. No question. I love hearing how other people interpret, enjoy or even critique things that started life as a figment of my imagination. Giving people entire worlds to escape into is a huge gift, and one that I love to share with as many people as possible.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still writing in my pyjamas. I’m really a very simple creature. I’d quite like to be doing that on a private jet though heading to the Bahamas….
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I wrote my first novel length piece of work at 13 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write. Don’t worry about swag, fancy covers, movie deals or anything like that. If the book is good, the writing is crisp, and the story is captivating, the rest will follow. Content is king.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Considering I can’t work a full-time job because I’ve got chronic pain… I don’t actually know… maybe I’d be a professional potato or something…
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes. I read my reviews. No I never respond. If I receive multiple bad reviews saying they all have an issue with the same thing, I will definitely address this and consider it for my future works, but if a low rating is given for personal preference reasons I let it go. This job requires a thick skin, and for the author to be able to take criticism, I knew that going in, so I just keep my eyes peeled for things that can help me better myself and forget about the rest.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Sending out advanced review copies. It’s horrendously nerve wracking… like giving your child to a stranger.
What are you working on now?
The Onyx Hourglass- Book 2 In the Ashen Touch Trilogy.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
The blue sun above flickers, illuminating the world that lies, silent, below the lilac sky which boasts an infinite galaxy of stars despite it’s overwhelming and cobalt solar presence. The sycamore trees behind me stir, butterflies of mauve and fuchsia flapping their wings, a somewhat simple act, a beautiful act, but one I have no doubt is starting a tsunami of pain on the other side of the world.
The smell of wisteria diffuses through the air as I pass dangling purple fruit, lush with delectable juices, amongst hanging cherry blossoms on vines which form an inner curtain for the grove I’m heading to. I’ve never been here before, my feet having never punished the soil with the heaviness of my tread before, and yet I am not lost. Rather, I am being summoned, called even, by a force I can’t resist.
Dressed in a white cotton shirt and pale blue jeans, an unusual look for me to say the least, I reach out to part the fragile pink flowers, which are silk upon my flesh, stepping through onto a floor mapped lush with a tangle of roots and vines.
It’s here I find her, still, porcelain, perfectly pale and preserved. She’s lying, raised up high by the earth itself, central to the space and cocooned by heavy mosses, stems, stalks and blooming flowers, not an ounce of rot or decay anywhere to be seen. A single beam of light falls onto her face from above, where the canopy of trees manipulates to provide a natural skylight. The smell of wisteria continues to irk me, mixing in with the pungent moisture which seeps into the air from the thousands of pale pink roses which surround her on all sides. Her hair is strewn around her, a halo of perfect fiery curls, my phoenix, no angel to be sure, looks anything but herself, and yet I cannot look away.
I take several steps forward, heart hammering in my chest and yet breathing forced into a calm rhythm, as though any disturbance of the peace may shatter everything. The silence is deafening, and it seems that even the natural world is in mourning as it stands still for just us two as we are reunited, at last.
Her lips are petal pink, matching the roses which climb around her, as though they’ve bloomed from the very life which was sapped from her, stolen, pulled out from underneath us.
“Sephy.” Her name is a prayer upon my lips, escaping in a broken whisper. The sick plea of a diseased heart, infected with feeling and rotting at an absence of target for such thick and potent affection.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Fantasy for me is the ultimate escape. I also write dystopian fiction or have done in the past, and I’m the kind of author who only works on one project at once so I don’t have to do much balancing.
Where did your love of books come from?
My love of books came from early childhood, I have always loved to read. I actually can’t remember a time when I didn’t.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love literary fiction- William Golding, Angela Carter, and Graham Greene are just a few of my favourite authors. As for my favourite books I love Gone with the Wind and Lord of The Flies.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I think my favourite character I’ve ever created has to be Luce from the Ashen Touch Trilogy. I love the dichotomy of light and dark within her, her fight against her addiction with magic and her undying love for her partner Thane. I feel like she’s one of those characters who makes readers smile and go… ohhhhh. I knew I wanted a likeable devil, but I didn’t realise quite how likeable she was going to end up becoming.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Originality is always the most important thing to me. I feel like readers don’t know they want something sometimes until you give it to them. Then afterwards they’re glad you did.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q: If you could own one object from your fantasy world which object, would you like to own and why?
A: Pandora’s box. I’d love to be able to travel so easily and see the universe.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Reader Group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/915014841873185/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️