Interview with Nicole J. Simms

Published 2019-07-14.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading horror, fantasy and psychological thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet, but I prefer reading physical books.
When did you first start writing?
My writing journey started with writing plays when I was a small child. I then moved on to poetry, but I stopped writing because I felt a writing career wasn't realistic. However, I fell back in love with writing during my twenties, and began writing short stories and eventually a novel.
What are you working on next?
I'm now editing my horror flash fiction collection and doing the fourth draft of my novel. I'm hoping to self-publish my flash fiction collection this year.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, R. L. Stine, Sharon Bolton, J. K. Rowling, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris
What is your writing process?
I'm a planner, so I first work on an idea in my notebook, jotting down anything that comes to mind. I then take the idea and work on the plot(s), the setting(s) and do character profiles. Once I roughly know where the story is going, I write the first draft. I often find myself making many changes to the planned plot and characters as I go along. When the draft is done, I do multiple edits until I feel the story is the best I can make it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love reading because you can get transported to a different world and go on magical, scary or thrilling adventures. This is the same reason why I enjoy writing, but the only difference is that I am the one creating the new world. I create characters, tell stories only I can tell, and I'm also able to learn new things. Writing also allows me to exhale and unclog my mind. I feel free when I write, like a bird gliding across the sky.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love writing flash fictions (stories under 1000 words). They have helped me to cut out the waffle in my writing, and they have been a fun challenge, especially learning to write drabbles (stories exactly 100 words). Over the years, I have written many drabbles, and many of them had been left unpublished. So, I decided to take them out of hiding and share them with the world in my first ever e-book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote (when I was a child) was a play that was inspired by the Goosebumps books and TV series. Two young children discover that there's something strange about their new neighbours. I still have a copy of the play, and I might even rewrite it one day - I still love the story.
Describe your desk
I work at a desk in the corner of the dining room. The printer is on the desk to the left-hand side, the computer monitor, keyboard and computer mouse are in the middle, and the TV aerial is on the right-hand side. There's also a navy blue rectangle-shaped desk organiser with a small kangaroo sitting in one of the holes.
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Books by This Author

The Book of Drabbles
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: British English. Published: July 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Enjoy twenty drabbles, ranging from heartfelt to spooky. And experience the magic of storytelling in exactly 100 words.