Interview with Nicky P Gardiner

When did you first start writing?
I have always written, but have never had a chance to finish any of my stories due to other work commitments and always being busy until recently (2014) when my personal circumstances changed and I had the opportunity to sit and complete a story.
I took voluntary redundancy at my last place of work and at the same time I was diagnosed with a chronic arthritic condition (Psoriatic Arthritis) which meant I was less mobile, so I decided to use my time indoors more pro-actively and finish one of the many stories I had started!
I am hoping to now continue writing as a new (and more enjoyable) career.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the fact that I have more control over the published content - even down to setting my own deadlines and creating my own artwork for the book cover.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am the master of my own mini-universe. Anything is possible and the possibilities are endless.
I am the director in my own mind - I can picture the story as a movie and I get to call the shots, bring to life all the characters and even kill off the ones that do not live up to my expectations!
I usually have an initial plan of my story and the path it is going to take, but, as I develop characters with their own personalities, they can then alter the path of the story from what I had initially intended.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the follow up novel to The Showman And The Shade which will be book 2 in the 'Deadly Shades' series. This story takes up from where The Showman And The Shade ended. Although I intend each book to be a stand alone story, many of the characters have an ongoing story arc throughout the series.
I also plan to write a sci-fi novel 'Humanities Plight' which was one of my characters' novels in The Showman And The Shade. This book will be different from what my readers will have been used to from me (and I do intend continuing the 'Deadly Shades' series), but this will allow me to write in a different genre and will hopefully appeal to readers of the 'Deadly Shades' series as this fictional book gets mentioned a few times in The Showman And The Shade.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are:
Conn Iggulden, Anne Rice, Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Richard Matheson, Karen Traviss.
What motivates you to get out of bed each day?
At present, with my illness (Psoriatic Arthritis), I find that the escapism of writing and the challenge of finishing a book gives me the motivation to achieve something, despite the pain of this debilitating condition.
Yes, I have bad days where I think I cannot be bothered as I am in too much discomfort and pain, but when I find I have written 5,000 words or more, I feel I have achieved something that day and salvaged it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I enjoy making and painting models, reading, target shooting with my air rifle and spending time with my family.
What is your writing process?
I start with and idea that I feel might be original enough, then create a setting (ie: sci-fi, fantasy, etc...), then develop my lead character and consider what their motivation is and then how they are going to be involved in the story.
Or, alternatively, I think of the dramatic ending I want to have, then work backwards to see how I would end up at that juncture.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The earliest books I remember reading would have been either The Hobbit or a Star Wars book. I find the process of reading very calming as I am able to escape reality and explore a more exciting world, or worlds.
Ever since then, I have been trying to escape to fantasy environments such as that.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that is going to be dramatic and striking (despite the size if it is a thumbnail). I also like the 'movie poster' look, so, for The Showman And the Shade, I went for a ghostly image of a face (of Frank Long, the protagonist) with very stylised writing above, as you might see in the old horror B-movie posters.
I created my own image, freehand, on a computer package. This is something I intend doing for all of my future cover designs too.
Describe your desk
Like a mini explosion in a stationery shop!
Published 2014-12-22.
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Books by This Author

The Showman And The Shade
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 59,900. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jack Wrightman was desperate for the success that had eluded him his entire life. This was until he stumbled upon an ancient book granting him power over the dead. Using dark magic he binds an unwitting soul to his will. His goal: to use the enslaved spirit to act as an intermediary in talking to the deceased, and to become a world-renowned spiritualist medium (and filthy rich to boot).