MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STEPHANIE NICHOLE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Stephanie Nichole and I write all genres of romance and/or fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Pedal to the Metal is the first book in my James Brothers series. I’ve actually had the story bouncing around in my head since I watched Fast and Furious. Of course, it’s changed over the years. The story line grew as I did. The characters matured with me. Street racing has always fascinated me. The story line always consisted of five brothers from the wrong side of the tracks. Boys that were a bit of the bad boys but with hearts of gold. Orginially, it was just this one book that I had an idea for but as I was writing the other brothers started to demand their own story.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always had the tendency to pick romance or fantasy books/series. For the longest time I only read the classics and Nicholas Sparks. Then one day a friend of mine recommended Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Her words were “It’s like the notebook but with vampires”. I ended up taking that suggestion and my book world grew some more. So for me, romance was an obvious choice but fantasy was something I discovered much later.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a lot of research about Los Angeles, where the book is set and cars.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The James Brothers series follow the five James Brothers. The rule the street racing world. Their father raised them with a love for 80s hair bands and cars. After their parents pass away they take over the family car shop and bar but racing is their passion. Each book will follow a different a brother and his life. You will see what racing means to them and follow their journey of finding love aside from cars.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
That’s hard! I love them all for different reasons. However, Breaking the Limits, which is the second book in the series follows Ace James and Kynlee Adams. I think Ace was one of the more complex brothers to write so he holds a special place for me. I’m also loving the final book in the series which I’m writing now.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The Fast and Furious movies were huge inspirations for this series as well as some friends I had in high school that street raced.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Most of my research consisted of cars and Los Angeles. I’ve never been there but I picked Los Angeles to set the book in.
Was it always meant to become a series?
It wasn’t. Originally, it was only meant to be Jagger and Londynn’s story, Pedal to the Metal.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A typical day for me starts early, 4am early. I work a day job at a local hotel. When things are slow enough I write there. Usually, once I’m off work I sit down and write for a bit or squeeze in some reading. After dinner I’ll usually watch an episode or two of whatever I’m binging then write again before bed. I don’t set a daily writing goal just because for me I can’t write under stress. I’ll just force myself to meet a word count and it won’t be my best work.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m currently writing the fifth and final book in the James Brothers series, Finish Line. Aside from that I have a release on September 3rd, 2018 which is the second book in the James Brothers series. Then I have a short story and full length novel releasing in October that is a twist on the Bloody Mary legend, Becoming Bloody Mary and Breaking Bloody Mary.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Naming characters is one of my favorite things. I love unusual names or unusual spellings. For the James Brothers series, the brothers are all named after 80s musicians, Axell, Bowie, Jagger, Ace and Jovi.
Where do your ideas come from?
My idea come from a wide variety of things. Sometimes, it’s a simple as a piece of art or a song. Sometimes it’s another book or movie. Sometimes it’s a real life situation.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I just recently finished writing Breaking Bloody Mary and it’s more of suspenseful fantasy. I’ve never really done suspenseful but I really enjoyed it. I hope to do it again in the future.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
That hardest part for me is that I tend to second guess myself and my decisions for the characters. I kind of need constant reassurance. Luckily, my mom and best friend are great at that.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers! I think they are a great way to grab people’s attention. I do have a book trailer for Pedal to the Metal and I hope to have one for each book.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Moving my books to a traditional publisher, Kingston Publishing Company. It felt like a great accomplishment moving my books from self-publishing to them.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me books are so important. The characters that authors create are my friends and those worlds are places I visit. I love the idea of being able to give that readers. To me that is the best thing about being an author, giving a reader an escape from reality.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, I’m a full time author. Maybe, a New York Times Best-Seller or at least a number one on amazon. If I could see one of my books come to life I’d be ecstatic. I’d love to be a part of PassionFlix someday!
Have you always liked to write?
I did. I always enjoyed doing book reports and short stories in school.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write for yourself. Don’t worry about other’s opinions or reviews. Write the story you want. Write the characters you love.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Well, I have and accounting and business degree but I’d love to own a bookstore.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do but I probably shouldn’t. Good reviews are great but bad reviews can be so discouraging. I don’t respond to them regardless if the reviews are good or bad. I try to not let the bad reviews get to me. I try to into account what the reader says and work on it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
What are you working on now?
Finish Line, which is the final book in the James Brothers series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It’s following the youngest James brother, Jovi. He’s returning to L.A. after being away in the Marines. Jovi bumps into a girl, Summer, that he met the last night he was in L.A. before he left for boot camp. From there it’s about him figuring out who he is and what he wants. What he’s been through has left him with some demons he will have to face.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I’m a hopeless romantic so I create the book boyfriends that real life lacks, lol! I write both romance and fantasy. I like stepping away from romance sometimes and creating something otherworldly. I enjoy getting a fresh take on things so stepping into a different genre helps to give your fresh eyes and ideas.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom! As a child I had a lot of health issues. It seemed like every time I stepped outside I got sick so I stayed inside most of the time. I was an only child and my mom didn’t want me to just sit in front of the TV all day. So, she started weekly library trips which led to summer reading groups hosted by my local library. My mom has always been a reader herself.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Yes! Favorite authors are Edgar Allan Poe, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, K. Bromberg, Tarryn Fisher, Alessandra Torre, Nicholas Sparks and Jane Austen. Favorite books are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Twilight Saga, Forever Grace by Holly Hall, Nevermore Trilogy by Kelly Creagh, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Afterburn/Aftershock by Sylvia Day and so many more.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Kynlee Adams from Breaking the Limits because she was created in memory of my best friend who passed away during high school.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I think it calms me more than anything.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Having the TV on. I’ll get distracted by it.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I just write for myself. I listen to my readers but ultimately I can’t create something I don’t love.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’ve been lucky to make some really great author friends. They are just great at encouraging you and helping you get your work out there. We all have doubts but they just remind me that I can do this.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
That’s a great question…She Did It On Her Own
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Have I ever written myself into a book? The answer is yes. In Breaking the Limits, Kynlee has a best friend named Kenndrix. I just really wanted to be a part of that story since it was for my best friend.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Author page: www.facebook.com/stephanienicholewriting
Reader’s group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stephaniesstarlets/?ref=br_rs
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️