Interview with Nicole Lambert

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The first thing that I want to mention is that I was born in the Bay Area near San Francisco in California; however, I moved to Cave Creek, Arizona when I was three years old and therefore grew up in the Sonoran Desert. In a way, this didn't really influence my writing other than the fact that the intense heat in the summertime and the lack-of trees overall made me want to explore various other parts in the world, hence why my writing very rarely takes place in Arizona.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It was in the third grade, where I was eight, when I started really getting into writing and have wanted to pursue being a published author. Back then, the concepts I wrote about were not nearly as dark as they are now, and I remember how I used to dream of my books being turned into movies (which by now I know will probably never happen). Since then, my writing has improved immensely.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Originally, I was going to become an indie author for all of my novels because I get more of a say in how I want my book to look (which includes the format, content, and cover design). However, I have now decided to only publish my eBook exclusives through websites such as Smashwords so that I can gain a following for when I try to publish my other novels traditionally.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to create something original where I can get lost in my own stories and characters. For me, it is like reading where I can temporarily escape the mundane real world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me (which include the ones on Figment, Wattpad, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and this website). Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now and wouldn't have improved my writing as greatly as I have now.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am working on the rewrite to my Threatening Souls novel, which is featured in the back of The Five Stages. I do plan on publishing that traditionally in the near future, but I do not yet know when that will be. For feedback reasons, people can now read what I have posted on Figment and Wattpad for free, which I will take off when the date of publishing draws near.
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
In order to answer this question thoroughly, I have compiled a list of all the books that I had enjoyed reading and would recommend to anyone.

The Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
The Vampire Academy series (Including the Bloodlines series) by Richelle Mead.
The Twilight saga (not because of the romance aspect) by Stephenie Meyer.
Any self-published novel I've read; my favorite authors include Corrie Fischer, Shirley Bourget, J. Ramirez, Naomi Canale, and Maya E.S. Bode.
Any book by Victoria Snow.
The Carrier of the Mark series by Leigh Fallon.
Any book by Natasha Preston
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of different books, whether they were traditionally published or self-published.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle app on my phone. It's as simple as that.
Describe your desk
My desk is very cluttered, for I am not the most organized person in the world. However, I am able to find everything that I need, so the clutter doesn't bother me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read and spend time on Figment (whether through swaps, reviewing, editing, and cover designing), and I sing. I am also trying to learn the piano and relearn the viola.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover authors on Figment, Wattpad, and Twitter. Usually, I prefer to read print books, but if the book only comes as an eBook on Amazon or Smashwords or if it is free, then I will get it. The way I discover authors is the way I discover the eBooks I read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first NOVEL I ever tried to write. I didn't get very far in it, only about a couple of pages. Though the premise of that novel was similar to the premise of Threatening Souls, I was young when I wrote it, and therefore it was written very poorly.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a writing process. Whenever I feel like writing, I do.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories that I've ever read were picture books, and they didn't really have a story to begin with. Believe it or not, I used to despise reading, and the only reason I read anything was because I was forced to by my teachers. However, I grew to like reading and now don't mind it as much.
How do you approach cover design?
I create my own covers through my own photography or copyright-free images that I get off of this one website for free. Then, I edit the pictures in picmonkey and save them before opening them up in paint.net. Then, I set the dimensions appropriately and add the text.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I have things to accomplish that day is what inspires me to get out of bed each day.
What genre of music inspires you to write?
The genres of music that I listen to are pop, hip hop/rap, and rock/metal. I know that it's a weird combination, but it's what I listen to.

However, when I write, I tend to stick with rock/metal. I find great inspiration with that style of music, partly because one of the things I want to do is be the lead vocalist in a metal group (and, yes, I have taught myself how to scream). I tend to write about dark concepts, and most of the rock/metal that I listen to are dark and played in a minor key. A lot of the bands I like to listen to when I write are Evanescence, Linkin Park, Unsun, Within Temptation, Korn, The Birthday Massacre, Escape the Fate, Skillet, Sixx Am, Redlight King, Halestorm, In This Moment, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides, Nine Inch Nails, Nothing More, Asking Alexandria, Starset, System of a Down (only because they produce really weird songs), Pop Evil, Three Days Grace, Elysion, Lacuna Coil, Paramore (mostly their older stuff), Flyleaf, Metallica, and Nightwish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the story of the loss of love and how someone undergoes the five stages (hence the title). More happens in the short story if you read it. For instance, I included a court case in there, since I am also very interested in pursuing law in the near future.

I tried to make that book as realistic as possible, and I hope you all enjoy reading it.
What is the story behind your pen name "suspensewriter105"?
There isn't much of a story as to how I obtained that pen name. However, it dates back to my eighth grade year when my mother introduced me to The Book Patch, a writing website that let's you publish your novels in paperback form, much like Createspace and Lulu. As I was creating my account, one of the first thing it asked for was a username. Being the person that I am, I used the first thing that popped into my head: writer105.

Later on down the road, as I was creating my second youtube channel (which I still have but don't post any videos on), I tried to use that same name for that youtube channel. However, it said that that name was already taken, so I tacked the word "suspense" onto the front of my username, and I have used that name ever since. I guess over time it became my own personal publishing label should I ever decide to self-publish (which I eventually did).

On another note, the only reason why my twitter username is horrorwriter105 is because suspensewriter105 wouldn't fit into the maximum number of characters.
Published 2014-07-25.
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Books by This Author

The Five Stages
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
The five stages of grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many experience these stages usually after the death of someone they love. For Alexander Blake, a senior at Goldenglow High School in Los Angeles, California, love means everything.