Interview with Nikita Slater

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write. I've been writing for years. My head is constantly filled with new story ideas that want to be written. It's my pleasure to be able to share my love of writing and a good story with other readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to lose myself in the story that's in my head and letting my fingers fly over the keyboard. Writing is the best therapy in the world for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm so completely honoured that other people read and enjoy my books. Every time I hear from a fan it makes me smile. It will never get old. I will forever be grateful to my readers.
What are you working on next?
I usually have at least ten story lines on the go! Right now I'm working on a 3rd, 4th and 5th book in my Fire & Vice series - including books for Vladimir Sitnikov and Jane McKinley, Tyson King and Claudia Cantore and Daniel Mercer and Addison Sterling. I'm also working on five books in my Angels & Assassins series. I will soon be posting a short story - Part one of Bound to the Devil - a storyline that will follow modern day Hades and Persephone.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many... the classics include Jane Austen, all three Bronte sisters, Victoria Holt and Agatha Christie. Modern day authors are Darynda Jones, Roxie Rivera, Joanna Wylde, Skye Warren, Kresley Cole, Helen Bianchin, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, Johanna Lindsey, Anna Zaires/Dima Zales - obviously a whole lot of Romance. Some not so romance include David Sedaris, Tina Fey, Jared Diamond, Stephen Hawking (kind of a science nerd).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. And two dogs that have to go pee and seem to know how to tell time. Otherwise I would probably just keep sleeping.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My regular job is as a social worker. I especially love to spend time with children. No matter where they come from they almost always make me laugh or smile and I try to return the favour. I also like to garden, read endless amounts of books, shop online for books, drink wine and hang with my dogs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for my favourite authors and find out what other books people are reading that are similar. I also use keyword searches. I browse through free books and when I find one I really like I see what else that author has written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a goldfish that lived in a bathtub until its owner bought it a fish bowl. I was five and really badly wanted a goldfish. When I got one I named him Chester.
What is your writing process?
An idea pops into my head and I drop everything, run to a computer and write it down. Then I usually write furiously for several hours until I hit a wall in the story, lose interest and wander off. Then another idea will pop into my brain to further that same story and I will drop everything to explore it. I usually have many books on the go at once. It does take a fair amount of concentration, wine and commitment for me to actually finish a story, but I'm getting better! I have endless amounts of story ideas, ready to be explored though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story that I ever read, but I do remember the first full size novel. I discovered the Hobbit when I was 11 years old. Even though it was a little advanced for my years I remember the feelings of awe and wonder as I got sucked into this fantasy world that was so vivid and beautiful. Damn. I forgot to put J.R.R. Tolkien on my favourite authors list. Oops!
How do you approach cover design?
I am super lucky to be married to a creative director. He approaches the cover designs while I cheer from the sidelines.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien - I wanted to be a Hobbit from age 11 to around 17.
2) Dark Predator - Christine Feehan - Zacarias YUM!
3) First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones - Charley Davidson is one badass grim reaper.
4) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - DARCY DARCY DARCY DARCY.
5) Kresley Cole - any of the Game Maker series - these books inspired me to actually publish.
What do you read for pleasure?
Ummm... what don't I read for pleasure? I even like math books. Yes, you read that right, algebra makes me happy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo on my ipad.
Describe your desk
It's so cool! It's this super long, flat piece of raw wood that my husband attached to the wall and has steel legs on the other end. Theres any number and variety of books strewn across it, my Mac computer and a birdcage with a happy, singing canary.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Canadian prairies. I especially learned to love books during long, harsh winters. There's nothing more awesome than curling up on the couch in a blanket with a good book while a snow storm rages outside. I tend to take inspiration for my characters from the people around me so I like to think the female characters especially have a healthy dose of Canadian in them. They're nice and say sorry a lot. Haha, just kidding. Mostly.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I work with many people that have disabilities. They tend to have strengths that I can only imagine. I wanted to have a character that not only learned to live with a disability but also embraced it as a part of her. My latest character, Addison Sterling, is blind.
Published 2016-05-30.
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