MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STEPHANIE NICHOLE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Stephanie Nichole and I write romance, fantasy and young-adult.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’ve always been intrigued by the legend of Bloody Mary. I wanted to know how Mary became Bloody Mary. Originally, it just started out as a short story but then I decided it needed a sequel. So I wondered what would happen if Bloody Mary was summoned and she escaped from the mirror.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve been a romance and fantasy reader. Edgar Allan Poe and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald were my favorites since high school.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I looked up a lot of different twists on Bloody Mary’s legend and the town where I set the story in, Newport, New Hampshire.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The duet starts out with the short story, Becoming Bloody Mary, and it basically tells you how Mary became Bloody Mary. The sequel follows a group of teens that have released Bloody Mary from the mirror after she’s been summoned. They have to figure out how to fix the situation.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love the both but Becoming Bloody Mary became an Amazon Bestseller so that was an awesome moment.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I watch a lot of fantasy TV shows and movies. There are a lot of great twists on classic tales and legends and it urged me to give Bloody Mary her own twist.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Actually, no, it wasn’t. My original idea was for the second book, Breaking Bloody Mary.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I don’t set a daily writing goal because if I don’t meet it then I’ll get discouraged. I usually write about an hour or two before going to bed at night. If my day job is slow enough I’ll squeeze in some writing there as well.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do have a new book in the making! It’s called, Red, and it’s a twist on Little Red Riding Hood. It’s going to be part of the Shady Oaks series. I’m getting to work with some other amazing authors signed with Kingston Publishing. We are all doing twists on classic tales and legends that are all set in this town called Shady Oaks which is basically a supernatural hotbed.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I love names, especially unusual names.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from a variety of things. It could be a song, quote, picture, movie, TV, another book…
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I really want to experiment with mystery or horror.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing! It’s the worst part for me.
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 them! I think they are a great and interesting way to grab reader’s attention. I’m lucky and Kingston Publishing creates me some amazing book trailers for my books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Signing with Kingston Publishing and Becoming Bloody Mary becoming an Amazon Bestseller.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to create these books that might help someone get a break from reality.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m hoping I’m a full time author in 10 years.
Have you always liked to write?
Ever since I was 11. My sixth grade literature teacher, Mrs. Cahill, gave us a writing assignment. We had to write a short story and while writing that story I realized I didn’t just love reading books but that I loved to write them as well.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
To surround yourself with the people that are honest and support you.
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 a day job so I’d be an accountant.
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 sometimes read them. I don’t respond to them regardless. If they’re bad I try to just remind myself that no everyone is going to love my books.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My favorite process of writing is definitely name my characters and deciding how they are going to interact. My favorite part of the publishing process is getting to see my awesome covers.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a twist of Little Red Riding Hood, titled Red. It will be part of the Shady Oaks series. The first book Out of Darkness is available now.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I can tell you that it will involve hell hounds and witches.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write in my chosen genres because they suit me the best. I really enjoy creating the characters and story lines. I balance them by working on one project at a time. I’m not an author that writes multiple books at once.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom! She had me in summer reading programs when I was growing up at our local library and it just really instilled a love for books within me.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Yes, so many. K. Bromberg, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Alessandra Torre, Nicholas Sparks and Tarryn Fisher. My all time-favorite author is Edgar Allan Poe. My favorite books are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, Nevermore Trilogy by Kelly Creagh, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Fifty Shades by E.L. James, Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Forever Grace by Holly Hall, Afterburn/Aftershock by Sylvia Day, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I love all my characters for different reasons. I love Ace James from Breaking the Limits because he was the first character that demanded his own book from me. I was writing Pedal to the Metal which was meant to just be that one book but Ace’s story started to formulate in my mind and before I knew it I had a series. I’m also really enjoying my current characters from Red, Livenne and Sylar.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A little of both. It really depends on what type of scene I’m writing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My own self doubt.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think we all strive to be original but at the end of the day I just write what comes to me. I try not to pressure myself with what the readers want because I’d be boxing myself in at that point.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’ve met so many great authors since starting this journey. They all help support me and push me when I need it. They are amazing. The author community is so supportive.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Other Side
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’m really not sure lol!
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
Kingston page: http://www.kingstonpublishing.com/stephanie-nichole.html
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️