Interview with Nick Federico

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. It influenced me because I got to see the way people live their lives, whether if it was in poverty, or wealth and use it to my advantage. It helps because you get to write from all different perspectives, and when you talk to these people, it tends to stick with you. You hear all of the gossip and you turn around, only to hear more gossip. All of this, mixed with actual creative influence makes for some good reads. As long as you can manage it, creativity can go a long way.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 2010 or so. My first real poem was one called "That Tree Looks Like Pauly Shore". The whole point of the poem was actually a class assignment for community college. We had to take something that someone said, and make it into a poem. It was probably my alltime favorite assignment for school. The fact that you can expand on an idea like that really made it worth while. It allowed you to tap into the part of your creative mind that you never tap into.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest is Neverending Nightmare (Available on Smashwords, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc). It's a collective of 80 poems. Most poems are about a dark, or slightly depressive topic. Poems like Cynical Celebrity takes the view of a celebrity who was once loved, but now is nothing but a shell of their former self. Another one is Balli (Sick), which is about the population as a whole, and trying to inform them that their way of life isn't one worth living. On the other hand, I do have poems that are non-depressive. Poems such as All Was Merry is about a dog eating Christmas presents, but the parents find ways to have fun. Lastly, there's one called Texting Syndrome, describing the youths obsessions with documenting their lives. Neverending Nightmare is something that means a lot to me, not just because it's my first published work, but because there's a lot of variety that I think everyone will enjoy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Nothing, really. As odd as that may sound, I mean it. I listen to a lot of rap, and I figured that since I have no musical ability, I might as well exploit my writing style. The best part about it all is that I still love writing, and it continues to come natural to me everyday.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords did a lot for me. It was insane easy to publish my work for one. Once I found a formatter named Pete LeForge, and Villa Design to do the cover art, it was such a breeze that I want to continue working with them. It's because of Smashwords that I was able to get my eBook launched, and to publicly display my words. It was such an amazing experience that I would do all over again in a heartbeat. The best part is I get to tell those who are interested in writing a book that they should check out Smashwords. Once I tell them about it, I kind of get that look of excitement that I first had when I started writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That I can do this my own way. A lot of times you are told what to do, what to say, and how to say it. With writing, (And more so Smashwords) You get that platform to really stand out, and to express yourself in a very true way. Writing is a lost art that I think that people need to resurrect. It seems to be a dying thing, but there's still that core, hardcore group of people that make it fun. If only the others who aren't interested in it can see it, they'd be happy that they found it. So, I guess to answer the question, my greatest joy is just showing my work, and being myself.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another title (Hopefully for Smashwords, knock on wood) called "What Would You Do?" Which is a book that I'd classify as a thought-provoker. The story tells of a journalist who asks three totally different characters living in different worlds what they would do if they had a million dollars. He grills them, and asks them if they would pay off their debt, or actually give it to their families like they said. The end result is something that he never saw coming.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really have any since I don't really read a whole lot. I use rappers as my source of "authors". To me, some rappers out there can display a story that is so unreal, and makes people seem connected. Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Eminem, and Sirah all paint a story that the listener can translate in a way within reason. While authors can do that too, to me it's very black and white. They tell you the main characters name, where they live, etc. With rap, they tend to leave some details blank, allowing you to fill in the empty spaces. That's where I get inspiration from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing games! I love me some video games. All together though, I'm a huge nerd. I love games, comic books, and the TV shows that no one else seems to love. Family is always important, and so is my girlfriend (Obviously). It's nice to have a balance to get me away from writing when I have to.
How do you approach cover design?
I want to work with someone who has the same kind of vision that I do. It's tough when you have someone who says "This is the design, take it or leave it". It kind of brings me to a boil. They're not willing to work with you, the artist. So why give them the light of day if they don't want to see your work to life? With Villa Designs, Tatiyana Villa did just that. She asked me what kind of vision I had for Neverending Nightmare, and I told her. After she gave me a draft, I said "It's cool, but can you make it a bit more darker with some trees in the back?" She instantly did it, and made it look simply amazing. I definitely want to work with Villa again. She gave me that individual attention that not too many wanted to. I asked someone else who was even slightly out of my price range, in hopes that it would be interactive. Nope. They said "This is the design, we can't do any other rounds until we see 25 bucks more." Who works like that?
Where can we reach you at?
Twitter: @NiFederico

Don't expect me to talk about writing on Twitter though. I tend to talk nerdy stuff, and really anything else other than writing. I try not to talk about it too much on there because I just don't want to flood my Timeline. I'd be Tweeting every ten seconds if I did that.
Published 2013-12-05.
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Books by This Author

What Would You Do?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,830. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
"What Would You Do?" Covers Alex Greenwood, a reporter for the Newton Times. Traveling to Raton, New Mexico, Alex discovers answers to life's questions, while getting involved with local man Tim Spears. Join the two as they discuss life's questions, while learning more about themselves along the way!
Neverending Nightmare
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Neverending Nightmare is the debut anthology set of Nick Federico. Join him as he journeys into the deepest, darkest and sometimes strange parts of his mind.