Y. M. Nelson


Y.M. Nelson is based in Charlotte, NC and writes about love, women’s journeys, and amateur DIY. After she spent most of her writing "career" ghostwriting for companies and realized there were no passionate verbs in company instruction manuals, Y. M. decided to produce and share her own work with the public.

She joined the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), found some writing buddies, and created the Owen & Makayla romance story series. Her debut romantic comedy The Accidental Swipe is based on her #MyTinderSeries blog serial. When she’s not writing, Y. M. hosts the Nerdy Romantics Podcast which she created to talk about romance and nerd pop culture. She can also be found teaching college English, baking something sweet, upcycling random pieces of furniture, or watching reruns from one of the Star Trek franchises.

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Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Tyler, Jennifer Weiner, Toni Morrison. I have a special place in my heart for Bethanie F. DeVors and Sienna Snow. I just got introduced to Mary Kay Andrews--she's my "guilty pleasure" read. Um, yes, I realize there are no guys on here. I don't have anything to say about that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My current 5 favorite books (in no particular order): "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller; "The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler; "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy; all of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling (can I count those as 1?); "The Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison. This changes somewhat depending on my mood and what I've read, but these have been favorites of mine for several years now.

"Catch-22" is the epitome of funny antics and political/societal commentary. It's entertaining, but at the same time makes a meaningful point that even rings true beyond the times in which it was written.

"The Accidental Tourist" taught me something about myself as a writer and a reader: I love flawed characters. I love people who are having real love relationships with real problems, but at the same time have real passion for life. I have a hard time liking a novel when characters are too perfect. The characters in "TAT" are some messed up people, but they are really living! Or trying to, anyway.

"The Road" was an exhausting read for me. And yes, that was a good thing. To know that a book can impact you not just mentally and emotionally, but also physically exhaust you--that's a real experience. That's a powerful piece of writing. It also scares the daylights out of me what a post-apocalyptic world could look like.

The Harry Potter series as a whole was magnificently written. I experienced reading these as an adult, and I found so many layers there that I wouldn't have if these had been around when I was a kid. Also, J.K. is a master of language: phonics and diction/figurative language. (Severus Snape? I mean, come on! Genius!) I haven't seen this level of artistry with language without it being poetry since Shakespeare.

"The Song of Solomon" does with description what I WISH I could do. I'm not good with description; I'm better with dialogue. Toni Morrison is a master of descriptive language, in my opinion. She's also a master of poetic prose, and I think this novel is her best version of that.
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