MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DIANA NIXON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Diana Nixon. I write contemporary and fantasy romances.
Tell me about your newest book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’m about to release Serene – the 3rd story from my Shattered Series. The entire series is very emotional and touching, and Serene is not an exception. It’s a story of Stanley Burke – a successful plastic surgeon who falls in love with a blind girl. Her name is Ivy Ryan and her life is far from being easy. She lost her vision after a car accident and she is still trying to get used to her new life. Her disability complicates things significantly, but she will not allow it to destroy her. Ivy is a fighter and Stanley knows it. The only problem is that falling in love is what Ivy has sworn off doing a long time ago. That’s why meeting Stanley brings so much trouble, that is too tempting to resist. Will Ivy and Stanley find a way to be together despite their differences? Read the book and you will find the answer! As for the idea for this story, I always knew Stanley needed a very special story. If you read Shattered and Fragile, you know a lot about him. He’s a very good friend and a brother any girl would love to have in her life. He will never let any of those he loves down and will be the first person to help you if you need it. Bringing Ivy Ryan to the story – a girl who doesn’t trust men – was a perfect challenge for both Ivy and Stanley. They are poles apart, but there’s one thing they both need – someone they could feel themselves complete with. I hope they will find a way to make this story work 🙂
How did you get interested in writing contemporary and fantasy romances?
My first book – Love Lines – was a fantasy story, with magic, curses and superpowers. I always loved fantasy and never thought I would start writing contemporary romances as well. But after I published Hate at First Sight – my very first contemporary story – I loved the result and thought ‘Why not give stories like this another try?’ Personally, I think it doesn’t matter what genre you choose. Book are works of fiction, so one way or another, you still make them look different from reality.
What kind of research did you do for Serene?
Oh… This is the first book I needed to do A LOT of research for. Writing about the life of a blind person is not something that you can do without knowing what it’s like to be blind. I watched videos and read stories told by blind people; I needed to know everything about their habits and lifestyles. There were many things that surprised me, for example the fact that blind girls know how to do make-up without anyone’s help. Can you believe that?
Do you have a favorite book out of Shattered series?
I love all of them 🙂 Not because I’ve created them. They are different from my previous books; there’s a lot of drama in them and things that will make you feel a whole range of emotions. I love stories that make you feel things. They are easy to relate to and feel more real.
Was Shattered always meant to become a series?
Yes. Starting the very first story, I knew other characters needed their own stories to live through. After Serene, there will be at least one more book – about Jeffrey and his unexpected marriage.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write when I feel like I have enough inspiration to write. I hate making myself write. There are times when I need to meet deadlines, for example, then I sit and type until I get to the very end of the book, no matter how much time it might take. Other than that, I try to write every day. But since I have two kids and my life gets a bit crazy on a daily basis, sometimes writing has to wait until everyone leaves home and stay alone with my thoughts about my new book. I can write everywhere; I never stop thinking about writing, especially if I’m in the middle of a new story. If I complete one chapter per day, I feel like my mission is accomplished 🙂
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
When looking for the names for my new characters, I always rely on my feelings. If I like the sound of the name, I’ll go for it. For Love Lines I needed a female name with the meaning that would fit into my story. Eileen was my choice because it means ‘a bird’ and it was exactly what I needed back then.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I sometimes add the elements of suspense to my stories. So maybe one day I’ll try writing a detective story or something of the sort.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Making my stories memorable. I don’t want them to be ‘one-time’ books. I want my readers to remember them, fall in love with them and tell about them everyone they know.
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, both watching and creating them. Even if it’s just a 30 sec video, but with the right music and background pictures it gives your readers a chance to look inside your story even before they start reading it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
If we talk about writing – it’s definitely my readers’ love. It’s one of those things that inspire me to create more and more new stories. And if we talk about life in general – it’s being a mom 🙂 Nothing can be compared to the overwhelming feeling of holding your newborn baby in your hands:) It brings so much love – the kind of love you never knew existed.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
There are many things I love about being an author: receiving the very first paperback copy of my book; reading reviews that make me laugh and cry; book signings, meeting my readers. Like I said – I love all of the above 🙂
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
It’s a hard question. One of the hardest ever 🙂 You know the saying – If you want to make God laugh tell him about your plans. That’s why I prefer to live in here and now. I do have dreams and set goals, but I’d better tell you about them when I achieve them 🙂
Have you always liked to write?
After I got a degree in Law I was sure it would become my life. But again, plans changed 🙂 And after my first book, there were many more I truly enjoyed working on.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
It’s one of those questions I ask my guest authors when they are being interviewed for my literary magazine Inks & Scratches. Never give up on your dreams, writing or not – this is what I tell myself and everyone who wants to achieve something in the world of fiction.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would most likely return to International Law that was my original plan for my life 🙂
Do you read reviews of your books? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do, sometimes. Everyone has a right to express their feelings and thoughts. I do respect it. As well as I do realize that I can’t make everyone love what I write. That’s why I appreciate every single review and try to not let bad ones affect me; I’d better focus on those that make me smile 🙂
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing…. It’s a pain in the neck, really. Especially for a self-published author. No matter how much I love controlling everything that is going on in my writing life, and can’t imagine someone else telling me what to do with my books, marketing is a killer. Sometimes it feels like I spend more time on marketing my books than on writing them. Then again, the result is worth it 🙂
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Okay, here’s a teaser from Serene:
As if he wanted to test how far I would let him go with his words, he continued, “I look at you, and the world around me stops spinning, as if giving me time to memorize you, every perfect line of your lips, your eyes, a soft blush on your cheeks. I’m tempted to make you do things you never did with anyone before, make you feel things that you never felt before, say the words that you never thought you would say to anyone and dream the dreams that would make you want to call me in the middle of the night and ask me to come here and stay with you until the sun wakes up. I don’t know what’s going on with me, Ivy… I don’t want to give it any definitions. All I want is to sink into it, let it fill me up and take me away. Do you think it means something is wrong with me? Or maybe it’s just something that I never experienced before I met you. I don’t know… But whatever it is, I want to share it with you.”
Where did your love of books come from?
Reading! There was a time I hated reading 🙂 Now look at me – I can’t imagine my life without books LOL.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
One of my latest obsession is Vi Keeland 🙂 I love all of her stories.
Of all the characters you have created, which one is your favourite and why?
I love all of my characters, but there’s one character that takes a very special place in my heart and it’s Evan Murray from Love Lines Series. I guess he takes the prize because of his personality: complicated from the inside and easy from the outside. He’s smart, attractive, with a good amount of attitude and a very beautiful soul.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends LOL. But in most cases it gives me inspiration to live my everyday life, and vice versa.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I love surprising my readers. Unexpected – is what I prefer to ordinary.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
WOW… I’ve never thought about it before! LOL But if I ever decide to dedicate a story to my own story, you will definitely know the title 🙂
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Here are the links to my social media:
Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9
Instagram: @authordiananixon https://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️