Interview with Nicole Martinsen

Describe your desk
I like to call my workspace "organized chaos" due to the odds and ends occupying its surface at any given time. These trinkets often have sentimental value for me, like a rock, for example. I picked it up from a forest preserve I frequented with my brother the summer before moving to Texas, where I went to high school. I wrote the date on it with a gold, paint-based pen. These things come in handy to me while I'm writing. When I look at that rock I generally think of childhood, nostalgia, and transition -things that characters will often go through. To anyone else, my desk must look like a battlefield, but to me it's a garden of things I hold close to my heart.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Like my bio says, I grew up in the village of Skokie, Illinois. Now don't let the word "village" mislead you -it's bigger than most cities across the U.S.A. (at least 60,000 people, last I checked). I'll be frank and say I wasn't the most outgoing child in my neighborhood. The early 2000s had very little coverage of the topics of introversion or bullying, so someone like me that faced both of these realities was often pegged as the odd-one-out. My subsequent isolation led me to libraries, and characters I deeply admired. In a way, I felt like they were cheering me on during the toughest days, so when I started writing I decided I wanted to make stories where you can feel the protagonists, rather than read about them. In short, I wanted to make stories that could go out and touch someone's heart in a way no breathing person could.
When did you first start writing?
Oof! Let me think on that one... I started writing in 2003. It was the beginning of the fourth grade, and that would've made me 9 years old.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A number of things. The first reason, is that one day I woke up, turned on my computer, and found a number of novels staring at me. It was a shame to have these stories written, but no where to go. Secondly, after a lot of mental grappling, I decided that I would love to be a writer as a career choice (and the traditional route was a bit too confining for my tastes). This was something I'd been fighting since I was a little girl, because for whatever reason, becoming an author just seemed so terrifying and risky compared to being locked away in a cubicle. I suppose that brings me to my last reason. There are many days where I stare at the screen, quite literally hating the words on the page, or the words that refuse to reveal themselves to me so I can put them there, but for whatever reason I keep coming back to the drawing board. I didn't choose to be a writer. I am a writer because my soul demands it of me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I'd love to know the answer to that myself! I have to first be successful before I can say anything meaningful on the topic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is when the characters write themselves. It's a strange thing to say, isn't it? But the fact of the matter is that characters are the lifeblood of a story, and there are many I write that are so extremely different to me that they feel like strangers. The magic happens when I write a scene of dialogue, and you see these people make faces and jokes that leave me bursting into laughter while I'm working!
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot, I'm sure -if I had any.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspiration? Well, if that's what you want to call a growling stomach and a need to tinkle, who am I to argue with your choice of diction?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Time where I'm not writing? Is this a trick question?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Why, yes! In its 23rd revision, it's the one I finally posted on Smashwords! Imagine that.
What is your writing process?
Park self on a comfortable surface. Slouch, face-palm, groan and growl at the screen. Flip through dictionary. Google symbolism and ancient civilizations for inspiration. Get distracted by email. Reprimand self for getting distracted. Write for a duration of time that is equal or more than time previously wasted. These things could happen in any order, but will usually occur all in the same sitting. It makes for a good show, as the faces I make at some things I write tend to be rather theatrical.
Published 2015-04-28.
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Books by This Author

The Spiderlily Chronicles Complete Series
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 457,380. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
This box set contains all four books of The Spiderlily Chronicles. Clocking in at nearly half a million words it includes, "Ghostwalker," "Soul Shatter," "Ice Empress," and "Amor Fati." Follow the stories of a massive cast of characters centered around a girl-turned-Ghostwalker as she upends the world they live in for a love stronger than life and death.
Amor Fati
Series: The Spiderlily Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,010. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Book 4 of The Spiderlily Chronicles Update as of December 15, 2016 Soul Shatter and Ice Empress have had major face-lifts, but you won't see these pretty versions until I'm satisfied on all other fronts. I will, however, be posting Amor Fati up once more. Bear in mind it will need some heavy content addition, but the story (for all intents and purposes) remains the same.
Ice Empress
Series: The Spiderlily Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,720. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Ice Empress continues after the events of Soul Shatter. Four years have passed and Silhouette is stronger than ever, earning herself the distinction of being the Last Ghostwalker. The Threads of Fate are finally falling apart, and only now she realizes that there are some consequences she isn't ready for. Fate is cruel, and the only way to change the world is to throw it all away.
Soul Shatter
Series: The Spiderlily Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,850. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Months have passed since the end of the Guild War that had ravaged the High City of Lydia. Its survivors leave the place in droves. Those that remain are too damaged to lead any sort of normal life. The Ghostwalker is gone, and the world is broken in her wake, which is especially true for Alyon, the man she lived to die for, and the man she died to protect. But there is more to this story than the
Ghostwalker
Series: The Spiderlily Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 124,180. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
A twist of fate in the lives of children will take them to the High City of Lydia -a place of wonder on the verge of falling apart. Its Queen is threatened by her disgruntled people, and shadows whisper of dark magic in its streets. When Silhouette finds herself in its darkest places, her mission is clear: protect Alyon, no matter the cost.