Interview with Shelby Nultemeier

What is your writing process?
Well my writing process is to put on some music, most of the time I listen to, then I research some ideas on how to get started with my story then I look up images to inspire me on how I want my characters to look like. I, only then, start writing my story/poem either on word document or on a writing site!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I remember the first story I read. It was "The Monster At The End Of This Book". I can't remember the author but I do remember it was a Sesame Street book. It had a large impact on me because my mother use to read it to me before I went to bed, it brought me closer to her because she genuinely enjoyed to read that story to me over and over again.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gods, that is hard but I will try! Well my first favorite book is The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter because it introduced me to a world that I felt more welcomed in because the main character guy had a fetish and it made me feel more secure about that. Second favorite book has to be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer because it was the first book that got me into liking romantic vampires and helped me get closer to my best friend who got me into liking the series. My third favorite book has to be The City Of Bones because it introduced the idea of incest without it being too gross and twisting the affair to be taboo yet still sexy then make you feel relief that it was never really incest. My fourth favorite book is Vampire Academy for one simple reason: Dimitri Belikov is a sexy beast. My fifth favorite book is The Dead Girl's Dance by Rachel Caine because it was one of the first vulgar teen books I read and it enchanted me to want to be a bad ass female that took no crap!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read adult romances, also known as mommy porn! I love to read outrageous teen romances that make you feel like you are living the drama yourself and I love to read books that just became movies I have seen because I like to point out the vital differences!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a large home in a large city called Portland, Oregon! It influenced my writing because it's always cold and raining which is the reasoning to why my characters are always having bad pasts and it shows my depression with many of my unhappy endings as well.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about six years old, I even remember my first story! It was about a girl named Midnight and how a man that was after her slaughtered everyone at her homecoming with large evil spiders!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story is called "Standing At The Back Door". It's something I am writing (at the moment more of outlining) for NaNoWriMo! This story was originally an RP with my very best friend. She gave me permission to write this as a story and gave me full credit (though obviously I am still gonna give her credit too) to write this as "my own" story. The story behind this latest book was inspired as a various type of genre. I like mixing things up. Why stick to one or two genres? I mixed it all up in this story!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is that when I write, I feel like I am imported to the world. I feel like it's an escape to reality and I feel like I am friends with all my characters in some way. The joy of writing is that I feel like I make new friends even if they are only real on paper and in my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
That's a silly question, they mean the world to me. They are my inspiration, my friends, my family. They are the reason why I write, they are the reason why my stories come to life!
What are you working on next?
After I finish "Standing At The Back Door", I plan to go back to many of my older stories, rewrite them, edit them and publish them on here!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Gena Showalter, Rachel Caine, P.C. & Kristen Cast, Richelle Read and Lisa Kleypas!
Published 2016-01-13.
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