Interview with Nicci Haydon

Published 2016-07-02.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes and no.

I've written stories, I think, for as long as I could read. The first one that I was really proud of - proud enough to send it out - was about a nightclub where stepping through the door was like stepping into another world. It got rejected, of course, but actually I got a hand written note of encouragement from the editor, and that made me think that maybe I had something.
What is your writing process?
I'm an absolutely obsessive planner. I plan more than anyone else alive. My first step is to write a sentence, maybe two, summarizing the basic plot as I see it in my head. Then I make a structural outline, writing down each of the steps that I want. After that I'll flesh out characters before I write a present tense overview of the whole story. From the overview I write a first draft, which is very loose and sketchy, then if I'm happy with that I'll write a second draft or actually get down to business.

The thing for me is, I hate editing, so all this planning and outlining means that I can edit as I go along. Apart from a few minor corrections, there's no full on editing phase for me.
How do you approach cover design?
My graphic design skills are non existent, so I hire a graphic designer to make the cover for me. But I'm still totally out of my depth, even with someone else doing all the work. I can say whether I like a design or not, but wouldn't be able to pinpoint what's working and what isn't.

Luckily I have a very good author friend who is willing to vet the designs that come through from my designer, and the designer is very capable in the first place. So between us all, I think we manage to get something that looks good.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of romance and erotica, but I'm also into some other genres that might surprise my regular readers. Horror, fantasy, a little sci-fi. I've been known to read literary fiction on occasions and weird crossover books that don't really fit neatly into any of the usual categories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My normal, e-ink Amazon Kindle, although I do also have a Kindle Fire tablet that I sometimes use (particularly for books with lots of pictures) and I will read on my phone if I'm stuck without anything else.
Describe your desk
I don't use one. I prefer to use my laptop while I'm sitting comfortably on a soft chair or sometimes on (or in) my bed!
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Girl Next Door" began life as a short story written in response to a regular contest (whose name I won't mention here because it might offend some sensibilities). Half a dozen or so readers on the first day, and more after, begged for a sequel to explain what happened next so I started work. The novelette is the result.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I used to desperately want to be traditionally published, now I'm really glad it didn't happen. Being an indie, keeping control of your own rights to publish and sell your work, suits my outlook much better. It's hard work if you want to get it right - you're no longer just a writer but an entrepreneur, with all the associated headaches, so it's not for everyone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I have an idea for a story it consumes me. I'll get little sleep just so that I can work on the story and get it finished. I can sometimes turn out 5,000 words or more in a day if I'm really into the story. That's what I love, the actual act of creating a world that wasn't there before.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything. Each story, each book, is as much theirs as it is mine. More even. That's why I keep my blog going with free stories, and why I'm on Twitter a lot. I know from my own experience that when you've read a book you loved, and you get to speak to the author, it's something really special. I hope to have that kind of relationship with as many fans as I can.
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