Interview with Talia Nyx

What are you working on next?
I have two novels sitting unfinished on my desktop, I plan to get at least one of these read for publishing before the end of 2015.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say Jacqueline Carey, Sara Donati, and Dean Koontz. But there are so many authors whose work I just love, these are just the ones that I reread ALL the time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Either studying, reading, or hanging out with my son.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly I stumble over them, but sometimes I am looking for an author and the book I want just happens to be available as an ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it is called Dreamscapes, and it is still up on my Wattpad profile.
What is your writing process?
That varies from book to book. The earlier books, I didn't do a lot of research at all - I just fictionalised everything - and I wrote until the story was finished, forsaking just about everything (including food and sleep). The later books have been a bit slower, I research more; and most importantly I try not to neglect my university assignments.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Honestly I have read so many books that I can't remember the first story I read, but the first story I read that had a memorable impact on me would have to be The Valentine Legacy by Catherine Coulter. I was a romantic at heart (secretly, I still am) and I remember thinking that I wanted a man who would care about me so much that he would chase me to another country as James did for Jessie in The Valentine Legacy.
How do you approach cover design?
With a great deal of trepidation, and good advice. I'm in no way a visual artist.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything. I draw the line at books likely to induce nightmares; but I read Crime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery. Those are my big Genres but I'll read almost anything once.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet, because most ePublishers have their own format, and a matching App. I don't want to limit myself and find that there are books that I can't read because I don't have a supporting device.
When did you first start writing?
A couple of years after my son was born, I needed something to do. Something creative that didn't make a mess.
Describe your desk
Absolute chaos: piles of papers and confiscated toys, boxes of files, stuffed toys in need of stitching, half-edited manuscripts, pens. In truth I can't even see the top surface of my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small city in South Canterbury, New Zealand; I would say that it has influenced me because I typically set my stories in towns/cities of that size, sometimes I set the city as large as Dunedin (NZ). But I find smaller places comforting when I'm writing about them. But I also have a very 'kiwi' flavour to my stories, which also comes from that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Secretly, it would be getting the shouting voices out of my head. I'm NOT crazy!
Published 2015-04-20.
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From the Ground, Up
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,720. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A woman's journey to rebuild her life... From the ground, up.
La Sanguijuela
Price: Free! Words: 57,360. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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