Interview with Nichelle Rae

What are you working on next?
I have a few projects I work on constantly. I have to finish getting the rest of The White Warrior series out, which is going to be a total of seven novels. I also have an urban fantasy novel I'm working on called "Lights Fall." Also, I'm co-authoring another fantasy novel with K.T. Munson called "Frost Burn." I have a few other trilogies and novels that are kind of waiting on the back-burner right now to dwindle down my current projects.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Right now, getting up and going to work inspires me to get out of bed each morning. Self-publishing is not cheap and I've got a few more books to get out in my White Warrior series, never mind the several other novels I have in mind to publish eventually. I may have a day job, but writing is my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I might troll Netflix a while but it doesn't last long. I sleep once in a while, too. Other than those two things, and writing, not much.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually clueless and with crossed-fingers. My cover artist is awesome though. I had nothing to give him for my very first published novel ("Only a Glow"), and he came up with that cover on his own. I knew I wanted the series covers to match, so that made the rest of the cover designs pretty easy on us both. As far as my other covers, I can usually give him a vague idea of something that could work, but leave room for his own creativity and interpretation. Once he gets the first draft to me we hammer the details out together.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read strictly fantasy for years. But since I decided to publish my own work, I've branched off into several different areas and genres. I've gone to places I never thought I would go, (Kurt Vonnegut for example,) and those experiences have been fantastic in rounding out my own voice in my own work. I'm at the point now where, if it's a classic or a best seller, I'll take a gander at it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom. I love my cover art, I love my editor, I love my characters, etc. and I don't want a traditional publisher to mess with any of that. My work is unique to me as a person and I'd rather not have it changed, and cut, and worked over, so it matches better with what is mass produced and "marketable." I love the story for the story's sake, so I want to keep the story what it is.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The art of writing itself. The art of creating worlds and people in itself is what I love. But to have someone love something that I created on top of that is a major added bonus. To have people allow my creations inside of them is a wonderful burden that I'm thrilled they allow me to bear. But even if I never sell another book, I'll still write for the pure joy of creation.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was called "The Green Rose." I was fourteen years old and madly in love with a member of a band in the 90s. It was a story of a magical green rose I found in the forest (because green was the band members favorite color) that I threw on the stage for him. As soon as he picked it up, he fell instantly in love with me and we lived happily ever after. There was much more detail and drama that I can't recall, but for a fourteen years old it wasn't half bad. I shared it with some of the fandom and the next thing I knew, I had about seven requests from people asking if I could write them their own story with their favorite band member. I guess they didn't think it was half bad either.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wizard's First Rule," by Terry Goodkind. "Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. "The Dark Elf Trilogy" by R.A. Salvatore. "The Outstretched Shadow" by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. (I cheated. I picked six.) These books basically laid the foundation for me to want to find my own voice in my own writing. I wanted to make what these authors had made; worlds I wanted to live in and characters I cared about.
Describe your desk
It's white. It's very clean and uncluttered with a black laptop sitting on top of it. There is a teal colored coaster sitting next to my laptop. A teal and white mug that says, "Some kids outgrow their imaginary friends. The rest of us become writers" sits on top of that. It's empty right now, but not for much longer. I'm a writer.
Published 2015-05-26.
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