Interview with Vic Nikitin

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a tablet, it's far more fun and comfortable than reading a traditional book. My tablet automatically remembers the last page I read, far better than a paper bookmark. I can also quickly Google something I don't understand, such as where a city or town is in a country.
Describe your desk
It is a big, chocolate coloured monstrosity shipped in from our lounge when my son decided he needed a larger desk than mine. My computer tower unit, printer and scraps of paper sit snugly, just where I can get hold of them without looking.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Yorkshire, England. That alone was only part of it. My travels and living in different countries and ability to speak different languages have all combined to produce a blend of ideas that are probably unique. My writing relies heavily on these experiences over the fifty odd years of my existence, to date. By the way, I speak English, French and Italian fluently, I like to believe.
When did you first start writing?
It is truly hard to remember exactly when, probably at the age of eighteen. The short stories were wordy, complex and, well, rubbish. There have been huge gaps over the years, for many reasons, but lots of practice in recent years has helped immensely.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Seventeen Deadly Sins is an anthology of murder stories with unexpected endings. I love the Roald Dahl short stories. Some are modelled on his work. Each story is also based on something I heard, read or was told. These create ideas and a story is born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No motivation really. It was recommended by a fellow author and the rest is history, as they say. I understand that traditional publishing is on its way out and electronic is on its way in. Indie publishing and marketing is surely the way to go. Let's say nothing about the percentages of royalties, shall we?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gives me a real buzz to see my anthology on the Smashwords website. it's not important that it has not sold lots. Smashwords provides the perfect place to showcase my stuff. One day, you never know?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feeling of putting the twist in the tale of a short story is like nothing else. Far better than alcohol, anytime and no hang over. It's also the coolest thing in the world to add another chapter to a novel, I'm doing my second now, and to see it grow from nothing into a slice of life tale is some feeling. Finally, finishing pieces is a huge self actualisation thing for me. This is why I do it, because I can, no more.
What do your fans mean to you?
I will tell you when I have some. Seriously, my marketing background tells me that customers are not only always right, but they decide your fate with the click of a mouse. Make and keep them happy, nothing else counts.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two simultaneous pieces. the first is a murder mystery detective novel set in New Zealand. At this moment, Oct 2013, it is around 35 000 words, so nearly half done. It's my second novel. The first was Hijack, available early in 2014 through Alpha Wolf Publishing.
The other is a second collection of short stories, all with gentler themes than Seventeen Deadly Sins. All have unexpected twists and endings and some are modern versions of my favourite short short author. No need to mention again who this is. These novellas, in three volumes with free teasers, will be available soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have read most of the popular authors works, but really enjoy Colin Dexter. I wish he'd write more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I can work on something I'm really passionate about. It's also about the idea that I am doing something for me. It's not selfish. I have, like most of us, spent my life doing things for others. I can now self actualise and it feels really, really good. Sometimes, I wake up with an idea and cannot wait to get started on a plot.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a computer repair business and do the house husband thing. When all that is done, I write. Outside of that, I spend lots of time on the internet, research, music, games and so on. There is an entirely new electronic world out there and it is endlessly fascinating.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use search engines, peer to peer sites, sometimes and some internet savvy acquired through my training as a computer technician.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A story about my first high school History teacher, not an erotic one, honest.
What is your writing process?
Think of an idea, write down the plot on paper or onto a Word document and complete a draft. Let someone read it and revise a few times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I am not an native English speaker. I spoke Italian with my mother and Russian with my father as a small child while living in England in the 1960s. Yes, weird combination, but that's me. I needed to make up for lost time and waded through every children's book I could find, Enid Blyton, mostly. I read the lot.
How do you approach cover design?
I lamely tried to do the cover for Seventeen Deadly Sins. It was rubbish so I enlisted the help of a professional. The cover photo is my hand and tomato ketchup, though.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My absolute favourite book is The Journeyer by Gary Jennings. I have read the 1200 pages many times, don't ask why. It grips me from the first to the last page and never lets go. His other books are also very special. Why, because it is an account of a traveller, one who may never have even existed.
What do you read for pleasure?
Popular authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Ken Follett, James Patterson, Dan Brown and so on. Bedtime reading before going to sleep.
Published 2013-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Victim Versus Villains
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,300. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
David van der Linde loses everything after a brutal car hijacking. His comfort zones are ripped away, layer by layer, as he sinks to his knees. Sparked into a smouldering rage, he refuses to lie down. He begins to claw his way back, inch by inch. Hunting down his attackers with stealth and guile, he exacts a revenge that is hotter than hell.
Seventeen Deadly Sins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,450. Language: British English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Drop in a generous amount of greed, sprinkle in a similar quantity of lust, add a pinch of wrath, a smidgen of desperation, a touch of envy, a swirl of twist-in-the-tale endings and mix well. The spicy recipe of Dahlesque short stories about ordinary people involved in not-so-ordinary activities will keep you guessing until the very last sentence. It is never exactly as it seems!