Interview with Nicolle Shield

What were you like at school?
I was a nightmare! I rarely paid attention; I was usually too busy talking or looking out of the window. I never did homework, and my work in class was only done to a decent standard if it was a subject I was interested in. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone; one of my biggest regrets in life is not working harder at school.
When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I was about halfway through writing my first book, Missing. At first, ​I was only writing because I had the story in my head and just needed to get it out. A few chapters in, I realised that I was really enjoying writing, and loved the way the storylines and characters seemed to develop on their own. I wasn’t even intending on showing anyone the book at first, but after a while I wanted people to read it and love it as much as I did. Now I find it very difficult to stop writing.
What is your schedule like when you’re writing?
This varies immensely. I will have a few days where I spend every free moment writing or editing or planning. But then I will have a few days where I just can’t seem to concentrate and focus, so I write very little. I have often looked at the clock while writing and realised it’s 4 a.m.; I tend to force myself to call it a night and go to bed at this point!
Where do you get your ideas or information for your books?
The ideas tend to appear in my head with no warning. Sometimes it will just be a character that needs to be written, and the storyline develops around them. Other times it is a place that needs to be written about. I get a lot of my inspiration from reading other books, or from people around me. Information is usually found by doing Internet research if and when it’s necessary; Wikipedia is often my best friend!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That you can plan a storyline as much as you like, but in the end, ​it’s the characters that control it! I have often planned out what will happen, only to realise halfway through writing that it hasn’t turned out that way at all. I have also realised that small comments or conversations I thought were irrelevant, actually end up being vital to the character or the plot.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring authors?
My main advice would be to read! Read as much as you can, from as many different authors and genres as you can. You will learn very quickly which styles and genres you connect with the most. Also, watch films or T.V series that have been adapted from books you’ve read. Pay attention to what is included in the screen version, and what has been missed out. This will show you which parts of a book are most important to you. Do you miss some of the humour that has been excluded? Do you miss the fact that you see less of what a character is thinking and feeling in the screen version? Is being able to visualise the scenery and background important to you? This will help you to establish character backgrounds and descriptive writing. If you know what you want to see more or less of, you will find yourself adapting your writing to include these things.
If you could only read books from one author, who would it be?
I would have to say, Raymond E Feist. His writing draws me in, and I can’t seem to put it down until I absolutely have to. For this reason, I tend not to read his works while I am in the process of writing; I would never get anything done! I love his characters; there is always going to be at least one that people can relate to. They are all very real; they make mistakes and they often do things that has me, as a reader, saying ‘why?!’. But they are very true to themselves, and eventually, ​everything makes sense. His writing style is fantastic, and I could happily re-read his books infinite times and never get bored.
What are the scenes you find hardest to write?
I really struggle with the romantic scenes! I’m not a very lovey-dovey romantic person, so I struggle to relate to these scenes. Most of the inspiration for them actually tends to come from other writers. I’ve learnt a lot from reading romance scenes ​because I don’t feel like I can write them from personal experience. I also struggled with the attack in Discovery, because there was so much going on and the emotions were running so high. I wanted to make sure that the most important parts were written in, but still have the sense of ‘what is going on?’ that the characters were feeling. It was very difficult emotionally too; I cried a lot whilst planning, writing and editing that part!
Is there a quote or phrase that motivates you while writing?
I repeat the phrase ‘peaks and troughs’ several times a day. It reminds me that life is all about the ups and downs ​and that neither is permanent. I was first told this phrase when dealing with anxiety, as a way to remind me that the anxiety will come and go. I actually find it very useful when I’m writing. It reminds me that some days are a peak, and the writing will flow easily, and I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. But some days are troughs, and the writing will be difficult; I’ll hate everything I write and end up deleting it all. But most importantly it reminds me that both of these are okay! It’s okay to have a peak and enjoy riding it out. It’s okay to have a trough and find yourself struggling with everything. It’s all okay because it’s all temporary.
Published 2017-08-08.
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Books by This Author

What Goes Around
Series: Bulldogs MC. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,590. Language: British English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Book 3 of the Bulldogs M.C. series. Sequel to Just Keep Running. Lenni has finally found some stability in her life. But just as she begins to settle down, it seems that everyone around her is falling apart. Can Lenni hold everyone together, or is this the end of the Bulldogs as we know them? Contains strong language.
Make You Believe
Series: Bulldogs MC, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,290. Language: British English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Stand-alone prequel to 'Just Keep Running', this is Ash and Mel's story. Every time Ash sees Mel, he tries another cheesy pickup line on her. She can't deny that she's attracted to him, but there are obstacles in the way. Will the club get in the way of their budding relationship, or will it be Mel's refusal to believe in love that tears them apart? Contains mild language.
Just Keep Running
Series: Bulldogs MC, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,900. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Lenni has been running for months, constantly moving and never putting down roots. When she runs in to a face from her past, halfway around the world from home, will she finally be able to stop running, or are old habits too hard to break? This is a story of one woman's fight for survival, and the bikers who may make or break her.
Discovery
Series: Supernaturals, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,400. Language: British English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Something unknown has awoken within Laura. The seemingly average human girl has discovered powers of unknown origin. Can her friends help her discover the truth about herself? Will everyone within the community accept her new powers, or will some think she is too much of a risk, with all the unanswered questions? More importantly, can they discover what is happening before someone else gets hurt?
Missing
Series: Supernaturals, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: British English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
After a visit from her first love, and her ex best friend, Alyssa Monroe must return to the supernatural community she walked away from two years ago. With the help of elves, vampires, and many other supernatural races, Alyssa and her friends must risk their lives to protect their people. When her new life collides with her old one, friendships are put to the test and new relationships are formed.