Hello, my Lovelies! How has the past week been for you? Mine has been pretty good. Anyway to day we are going to learn about Nikki Nelson-Hicks. Lets dive right into it!
1. Tells us a bit about your books.
I write in a lot of genres. My Jake Istenhegyi stories are pulp detective stories with an occult bend. Galvanized Girl and Revenge of the Blood Red Maid are steampunkish, alternative history fantasy. RUMBLE is an action adventure with monsters. Sherlock Holmes and the Shrieking Pits is, well, Sherlock Holmes. Perverse Muse is horror. The Problem at Gruff Springs is Weird Western. I’ve also written some straight mystery and fiction.
2. What has been the best part of creating your books world?
The rush and fun of creating a story is a great thrill. There is nothing more intoxicating than just creating something with no restraints.
a. The worst?
The writing. The research. Making all the cool ideas I had actually work in a realistic frame. Even though I write fantastical stories, I like to root them in reality.
3. What advice would you give a new fantasy writer like myself?
Live. Get out of your comfort zone. Travel. Have adventures. Which are really stupid pieces of advice in the Time of Corona, I’m sorry.
With that in mind, let’s find some better pieces of advice.
Be kind to yourself. Have fun with your stories. Trust me, the reader will be able to tell and will enjoy the ride better if you are also having fun.
4. What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why?
Two authors come to mind.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series. I am an advocate for the Cult of Pratchett. His Discworld stories work on ALL the levels. They work as just stories. Fun things to read on the toilet. They work on deeper levels as social commentary and philosophical arguments. They are just so BEAUTIFUL. Funny, emotional, intelligent. I aspire to write something that works on all those levels.
Flannery O’Connor. Just pick one of her short stories. She was able to convey such grotesque tragedies with the simplest of words. I love that idea. I want to be able to do the same.
5. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I recently joined a cult that has taken over most of my life. It’s called Pilates. I spend 6-10 hours a week paying a beautiful, athletic blonde dominatrix to torture me on devices called Reformers, Blueberry Balls and the Ring of Fire. Don’t even get me started on TRX straps.
6. How do you balance between writing and spending time with your family?
I am fortunate that my family understands. My daughter is an artist, so she gets it. My son is a writer, so he gets it. My husband just wants to survive so he fakes it.
7. Tell us about the projects you have in the works?
I am currently working on a story called Crown of Feathers. It’s based on an Appalachian folklore that if one finds a ball of feathers called a Crown of Feathers, underneath the pillow of a dead person, it means they went to heaven. In my story, which is set in the early 1900’s Appalachia, a young boy attempts to save his mother from death by stealing the Crown of Feathers from her pillow and….well, SHENANIGANS. Think the old cliché, “Sometimes dead is better.”
In 2021, I want to try writing a romantic romp. There will still be monsters and murders because that’s how I roll. I want to try to see if I can write one. I’ve been working on an outline. As a matter of fact, this story has been intruding in on the one I’m working on. But that’s the way, isn’t it? Future projects constantly pushing and trying to crash the line.
8. Can you tell us about your writing process?
I have a process?
Every story is different and I approach them with different tactics. Frankly, whatever gets the ink on the page is my process.
The only commonality is that every story gets a journal. Sometimes it’s a fancy leather one. Sometimes it’s just a wire notebook. First, I write down the story idea and start fleshing it out. In that stage, I make notes on things I need to research and find out more details.
Then I just put my ass in the chair and start writing. There’s no magical candle or pen. Just put your ass in the chair and write. Some days, it will be like digging your fingers into marble. Some days, you’ll just plug into the write vein and WHOOSH, you’ll write like a demon.
Persistence, not talent, will see you through to the end.
9. If you couldn’t write books what would you want to do?
In a perfect world, I wish I was a teacher. For me, as a kid, school as a refuge so my idea of the profession of teaching is probably no where near the reality but, those teachers saved my life whether they knew it or not.
10. Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about?
I love podcasts. Those voices coming from the speakers have become my best friends during the lockdown of 2020. My husband and I are attempting to create one called Nik and Brian Drink a Thing. It’s a simple format. Two people drink a bottle of wine, review it and then one of them presents a topic to talk about. My husband’s interests include history, military and ancient. I pretty much cover everything weird, occult, and/or murdery.
Our goal is to get a dozen in the can and release them into the wild.
As usual, I have no idea what I’m doing so this is an adventure for both of us.
There you have it, another awesome interview with another outstanding author! Thank you Nikki for taking time out to do this interview. If you want to learn more about Nikki or her books below are her social media links. Enjoy
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