Interview with Elia Nicole

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was ten years old, and my best friend at the time and I decided we would write a novel. We decided it would be about a super-powered squirrel from another planet, who in the guise of a mild-mannered little park resident traveled to Earth and befriended a reporter - taking her back to his planet. It was terrible! But I learned a lot from the process.
What is your writing process?
It depends. Some stories start with an idea - an image or a phrase that sticks with me until I flesh it out as an idea. In those cases, they often spring from my head fully-formed and in armor, ready to batle their way onto the page.

Others start as a prompt or a theme that I need to begin from. They take a bit more work to develop and nurture, but once I see them blossom, they are truly a delight!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read all on my own was "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell. I think I was about five. (Yes, I was precocious!) I think the novel helped nurture the already-developing sense of compassion and empathy I was beginning to display. To this day, so many years later, I still have a very hard time seeing someone or something in distress.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? That's like asking a parent to name their favorite child...

1) The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran. It's one of those books that just reached inside and hit so many personal philosophical points that I genuinely sat down and wept.

2) The Dark Garden - Eden Bradley. On Amazon, Eden says there is a lot of herself in the main character Rowan. Reading it, I saw a lot of myself in her as well. So much in fact that I finished the book and was compelled to email her, because so many things struck a chord in my heart. Despite being on vacation, Eden emailed me back, encouraging me to write my own stories and hoping to see me join her in being published. Authors like that, who see other writers as people to be lifted up, seem to hold a special place in my heart.

3) Dirty - Megan Hart. Dirty was the first of Megan's books I ever read, but certainly not the last. I ate it up, but what I loved most was what it was. Romantic, but explicit. Explicit, but well-characterized. For the first time, I saw that there was an actual audience and publisher putting out the type of books I wanted to read. And to write. (Not to mention Megan is funny and smoking hot and a Supernatural fan herself!)

4) Storm Front - Jim Butcher. I have always loved paranormal fiction. I met Jim at a convention many years ago when he was there signing, and reading a preview of his latest book. I was so intrigued by his style, his prose, his delivery, that I found the nearest bookstore and bought Storm Front on the spot. Despite exhaustion, I stayed up till 4 am because I couldn't put it down.

5) 5) The entire "Incarnations of Immortality" series by Piers Anthony. I loved the integration of magic and technology, myth and reality, and the fact that I didn't have the plot figured out halfway through the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am addicted to the Kindle app for my phone. One little device and there's an entire world at my fingertips....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the traditional route and was told there was no market for my work, I was too explicit, my writing wasn't up to their quality.

I could have gotten discouraged, but I retreated, licked my wounds and came back writing better than ever. When I was ready, I started looking at traditional publishers again and was disgusted by the way the contracts were written. Unless I sold thousands of copies of my book - which as a new author was unlikely, I was pouring out my heart and soul for pennies. I decided if I was going to work for pennies, I wanted more control and a bigger piece of the pie. (But especially the control!)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I started publishing my work online for free by writing fan fiction. The greatest joy was hearing back from readers who told me how affected they were by what I had written. Whether I made them laugh or cry, or step outside their comfort zone, to know that my words, my thoughts, could move someone I had never met - it was huge. It still is.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I admit, I write for myself first. If I can't love what I've written, it will show in my work and the result is a half-hearted, lackluster, limp piece of writing. That said, without other people reading it, I'm just entertaining an audience of one. The people who read my work, who become fans of it, they encourage me to keep writing, to keep pushing, to keep that drive and zeal and love of life. I wouldn't still be writing and publishing if it weren't for you!
What are you working on next?
The short answer is my nest anthology piece. The long answer is that I have about twenty different files in my computer and I work on whichever one is most clear in my mind when I sit down to write - which means there are very little excuses for writers block!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend a lot of time reading. I also work, and I'm a parent, and a friend. So there is my job, my writing, my reading, my social life, my house, the garden, not to mention movies and TV... I think I'm only still in my sleep!
Published 2015-06-18.
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Books by This Author

Love Slave: Sizzle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,050. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
For those in the know, food is more than simple sustenance; it’s the perfect seduction. Love Slave: Sizzle offers a delectable combination of taste, smell, touch, and pleasure, with a collection of tasty stories ranging from sweet romantic entree to savory erotic indulgence. Come have a taste; these stories are certain to satisfy the most discerning palate.
Love Slave: Dark Desires
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,320. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Enjoy sixteen stories about fairies, vampires, demons, shape-shifters, and everything in between. Slip into the supernatural world with tales of gothic dalliances and haunting love affairs. From sinister vampires with an eternal lust for each other to an otherworldly entity searching for a mate, this anthology is packed with creatures intent on satisfying every desire.
Love Slave: Schooled
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,050. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015 by Lit Select. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Everyone has something to learn. Are you ready for your lesson? From illicit trysts in the classroom to unexpected romance at high school reunions, Love Slave: Schooled studies the bonds between people learning the ways of love.Full of strict professors and students with extracurricular activities on their mind, this one will make you want to stay after class.
Love Slave: Heatwave
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,180. Language: American English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
What is it about warmer weather that brings out our sensual side? In Love Slave: Heatwave is an anthology filled with summer flings, island getaways, and situations where the​ ​torridity isn't the only thing​ ​burning. Fifteen authors offer their tal​es​, ​proving that no one is immune to the heady swelter. ​​Here you'll find the perfect beach read or book to keep you warm at night.