Interview with Nikki M Albert

Published 2014-04-30.
Who are your favorite authors?
So very many. One of my favorites is Roger Zelazny and his Chronicle of Amber series. I have read that too many times to count to be honest. I also really enjoy the humor of Terry Pratchett. I am also a massive fan of Jum Butcher's the Dresden Files series. I cannot get enough of those.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have that many so they mean everything to me. I find great joy when someone reads something I have created and enjoys it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the first draft when inspiration is burning in me and I just dive into the world I have created, the characters form all their nuances and the story takes this life of its own.
What are you working on next?
I am currently finishing the final draft of the sequel to White Witch Where Art Thou? called All Drugged Up and Nowhere to Go. Other than that I always have a few novels on the go, it depends on which one really grabs me and desires to be written.
What is your writing process?
I'm the type of person that lets an idea simmer for a bit. I will think about it a great deal before I ever begin to write about it. Get a feel for the story. I don't outline though, so I suppose all that thinking is my way of working it out mentally. From there I dive into the first draft. However, I always have a few novels on the go at the same time. I do keep a small, slim notebook for every novel. In it I keep quirks about characters, notes about the world-building I want to keep track of and any new plot twists I develop from the rough draft.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do in fact remember it vividly. It was a novel but I believe it would have only qualified for a novelette. I remember the characters and the plot line. Maybe I remember it so well because I wrote so many drafts. I just could not get it right. The world in my head was so much better than I could ever express at that age. Yet the story just wanted to be written as I used to daydream about it so often. The main character Sanara lived in a society of people who had psychic abilities that would awaken at around the age of 21. Unfortunately on the day of her awakening all the psychic channels in her just erupted. So instead of one ability she had them all and instead of lower levels they were all maximum level. They believed someone like that was cursed and doomed to go mad from information overload. So they banished her to their neighboring country. And that was how it began. Fun little novel. I was about 12 when I worked on that one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read of course. I consume books like they are oxygen. I also have a couple of blogs and write non-fiction articles.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the same sort of thing I write. I love fantasy fiction. Of all variations and sub-genres. I will read romances from time to time, as long as it has a fantasy or paranormal element to it. I will read horror as long as it is what I consider to be more urban fantasy to be honest. I also read philosophy and cosmology books for fun as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. The simple version with the screen that doesn't light up. I get migraines frequently so reading on anything that resembles a computer screen is a no-go for me. Kindle has one fine simple device that is light and migraine friendly.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords as a platform to get my novels out their in every format with ease. It does a lot of the work for me that way and gets me to a broader audience than I would otherwise have by placing it individually with different companies.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own cover design although I know others would be able to come up with something a great deal better than I do. I simply do not have the funds for it. I usually look through photos I have taken and choose one I believe reflects the story in some way or another. I may alter it in some way or not. Then I go for a simple title format and background.
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