Nicely spent her childhood in much the same way she’s spent her adulthood so far—trading off between playing outside and having her nose pressed in either a book or over her keyboard, typing. She loves getting lost in a good book, crafting her own stories, and encouraging readers and writers of all ages to do the same.
Alongside her passion for reading and writing, Nicely has a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education and has worked with children ranging from preschool to high school.
Nicely enjoys rock climbing, SUP, trail running, and basically anything else active and outdoors that she can get her hands on.
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What inspires you to write?
Everything! I'm very observant and find that the smallest things can inspire an entire novel.
I love people-watching and spending time outside. Both of these provide me with endless sources of inspiration!
I also find it really inspiring to listen to instrumental soundtracks when I'm thinking or working creatively. (Nothing like the Game of Thrones theme to spark a creative fire!)
Tell us about your writing process.
I typically start with a basic outline, and then let the characters tell me their story from there.
I love planning, but I have a tendency to over-plan things. If there's something that I know is extremely important, I'll jot it down while I'm writing so I can refer to it later. But for the most part, I like to let the story unfold naturally.
Although I don't create hefty outlines, I am fairly detailed with the specifics I need to imagine the story. I always have imagery in mind when I'm picturing the characters and landscape.
So even if I don't know the entire story before I sit down to write, I know my characters—what they look like, what they want, and where they are.
And I build from there. 🙂
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely develop relationships with my characters! I don't have conversations with them, but I'm very tuned in to their goals and motivations.
And I have a habit of missing characters when I finish a story!
What advice would you give other writers?
Pick up the pencil (or mouse, or keyboard), and start. Just start. You got this. 🙂
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I used to work for a book publishing and media company. Through my time at the company, I had the opportunity to learn a TON about self-publishing.
When I was ready to start publishing my own books, I felt like I had a solid knowledge base to go the self-publishing route. And I also wanted more control than traditional publishers can typically offer.
Self-publishing is definitely the right fit for me, but it's a very individual choice.
I'd recommend that a new author think about his/her goals and the best way to achieve them. (Think goals over feelings!)
Separating the two can sometimes help shine a light on the best publishing path for an individual.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We're at a really unique time in book publishing! Authors have more opportunity and control than ever, which is amazing.
But it can also lead to over-saturated markets and the inability to reach an audience. All part of the roller coaster! 😉
I think book publishing has a huge future. And with the recent increase in books that are being made into TV series and movies, I think there are a lot of other great opportunities that will continue to present themselves.
It'll remain competitive, I'm sure. But worthwhile for anyone who loves to write and create!
What genres do you write?: YA, Children's, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Poetry
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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