Interview with Kari Nichols

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything romance. But I also enjoy urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA paranormal.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a compilation of short stories entitled A (Dys)Functional Life. Each story is about a different person who is struggling with a major life issue and their journey to ultimately overcoming the struggle or being overcome by it. I'm hoping to have it out later this year.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle!
Describe your desk
Ha! My desk is a laptop on my lap. I always write while sitting on my couch (usually with a cup of tea in hand). I kick up my feet, put a pillow behind my lower back, and let the words in my head come out through my fingers.
When did you first start writing?
I've been dreaming up stories in my head since I was a little girl, but last year I realized I wanted to write some of those stories down. Since then, it's been a whirlwind of writing and editing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating. It's beautiful to create a world where anything I dream is possible. My characters live inside my head, and writing them on the pages of a book allows others to see the people and the world that I've created in my mind. It's amazing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Hunter, and James Herriot (among others)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wonderful husband. He wakes up earlier than I do each morning, and I know he's always waiting for me when I finally drag myself out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a professional photographer. My husband and I started our business seven years ago and have been self-employed ever since. Go check out our work here -- http://www.cottonwoodstudiosworldwide.com
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I almost always read books recommended by friends. I have incredible friends that have impeccable taste in books. They always point me in the right direction when I'm looking for a good read.
What is your writing process?
First, I sit down and map out the story. There's always an outline involved. If it's historical fiction, I include a timeline. Then I create character bios for each of my major characters--I want to know how they were raise, their good and bad life decisions, their favorite foods, etc. The background of each character shapes them into the person I'm writing about, so it's important that they have a history. Once I know my characters inside and out, I start with chapter one. After each chapter, I read what I've written to make sure I'm happy. The I have my husband read the chapter to get his approval as well. About a quarter of the way through the book, I send it to my editor to get her feedback on the material I've written. If she gives me a thumbs-up, I keep working. If she wants changes made, I make them before I continue on. This process continues throughout the rest of the book.
Published 2014-07-27.
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