Interview with Chasity Nicole

How do you approach cover design?
When I designed the cover of Wickedly Misunderstood it was an idea in my head. I eventually drew the idea out and painted it, and then placed it into the background you see it on, on the cover. I like to do my own cover designs because I feel it makes it more personal, and who better to create the perfect cover for your book, then yourself.
What are your six favorite books, and why?
My favorite books changed based upon what I'm reading at the time. Right now my six favorites are:

The End of Dreams by Misti Blake
The Thin Places by Laura Cowan
Daughters of Night: Sanctuary by Ashley Torbeck
Virals by Kathy Reichs
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showwalter

My all time favorite book is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read nearly anything once. I'm not big on much romance or erotic material. My favorite genres are by far in the realm of fantasy or crime novels, with some horror stories thrown into that mix. Sometimes I like a good little scare.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small little town called Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. This is where I really began writing for the love of it. I was in high school, I believe my sophomore year, when my best friend and myself began to write for the pure love of writing. From there my love of writing grew and grew until I decided to publish something, with that bit of an extra push from my boyfriend and my mom.
When did you first start writing?
Really I first started writing in the second grade when my teacher had us write our own stories in class. She bound the stories and put them on a shelf for my classmates to read. It was fun then but I really began to appreciate it when I was a sophomore in high school. My love of writing continued to grow and finally the idea of Wickedly Misunderstood popped into my head.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Wickedly Misunderstood is the fight between good and evil as eleven kids try to figure themselves out. These kids have super human abilities that has caused society to fear them. Being different the teens feel sort of left out by society and they agree to go to an island to get help. But they find out that something much bigger is the real reason they are brought to the island.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first I was just going to write and allow my stories to collect dust. No matter how many friends told me I was their favorite writer, I never had the desire to publish anything. That all changed a little over a year ago when my boyfriend encouraged me to publish Wickedly Misunderstood. I had already been working on the book for a year and had stopped writing it before we started dating. He was my push to finish it and to release it to the world. My mother was also that big motivation for me because she loves to write, and that is really where I get my love of writing from.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is hearing someone tell me that they love the book so far. Receiving five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads is also a huge joy for me because my book is still relatively new. However, my greatest joy is knowing that I've helped someone with one of my stories. And knowing that I've inspired other writers to follow their dreams of being an author.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything to me. I already had a small fan base before I published Wickedly Misunderstood. I don't want to be one of those writers that doesn't have time to answer fan questions. I also don't want to be one of those writers that just writes to become famous and rich. I want to write because of the passion I have for the art, and I want my fans to be able to see the emotion that I have in my writings. I mean I cried while writing the end scene of Wickedly Misunderstood, and was on the edge of my seat during a fight scene I was editing, anxiously waiting to find out what happened next, and I wrote the scene. So I feel that having that emotional tie to my writings, reflects and that it is shared with my readers while they are reading my books.
What are you working on next?
Right now I have several short stories that are in anthology projects with some other wonderful authors. I also just started working book two of the Valhaven Island Trilogy. I also have a ghost hunter series in the works and a crime based novel series in the works. I have so many other ideas including two for children's books, and two non-fiction novel ideas that are thought up as well. As long as I have a story in my head I'll continue to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm spending time with my nine year old brother playing video games, reading to him, or playing superheros. If I'm not doing that I'm spending time with my boyfriend playing video games or watching a movie. I also like to make jewelry with my mom, and paint/draw/photograph in my spare time. Lastly, I like to read if I have the chance to do so. I try to stay busy throughout the day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm more of the person for having a book in my hands rather than an electronic device. However, I do have several books that I have read on my computer. Some I am editing for friends or am reviewing for friends. But I will pick up an e-book if it sparks my interest enough and isn't sold on the shelf. The last e-book I picked up was a fantasy series, and I also read e-books to my little brother because he seems to like those better when he can click next on the computer screen.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first essay I ever wrote was on Amelia Earhart and I was in the First grade. I was a kid that couldn't stay on topic for more than a minute and I ended up talking about my cat halfway through the paper.

In the Second grade I wrote a small story for publication in my classroom called "My Booboo" and one called, "My Cat." they were short stories with pictures on each page. I still have both of them, well my grandma has one of them, but I wrote more than those two, I just can't remember all of the Titles.
What is your writing process?
If it's an idea that just comes to me, I'll jot it down in a word document or on a piece of paper. From there it usually gets sat on a back-burner while I finish my first trilogy and some short stories. I've written out much of the ideas so that I can pick up easily where I've left off without any issues, and I can remember where I was going with the stories fairly well as well.

As for actual writing, I write first and worry about editing later.
Describe your desk
I sometimes write on a desk, but most of the time I'm sitting on my bed or on the couch typing away. Sometimes I'll take my laptop outside and sit under the sun and write away as well. I find the most inspiration when I'm outside or if it is raining outside.

As for the areas that I'm writing at, usually they are cluttered with books, be it spiral bounds or resources that are helping me with certain scenes. I even have a novel near me to read when I choose to take a break.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that it is a brand new day with many more possibilities than yesterday. I never know what I'm going to do in the mornings as I plan as I go, but the days always hold something new for me. But I'm far from a morning person and start off rather slow in the mornings.
Published 2014-03-01.
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Indie Nerds Quarterly
Price: Free! Words: 14,150. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers
Indie Nerds Quarterly is a magazine that comes out four times a year. Each edition features articles on indie authors, artists, and musicians.