About Joanne Nicholson:
Joanne Nicholson is an Australian author who enjoys boating, exercising,
reading, writing and spending quality time with family and friends.
Joanne’s career began in advertising and marketing. After a hiatus to raise her four children, Joanne began a parenting blog to
share advice, anecdotes and relatable wisdom on parenting.
Joanne enjoys writing a variety of genres including adult fiction, young adult fiction, children’s books and short stories.
What inspires you to write?
My mind is always full of concepts so I decided to write some of these down. I started with short stories, then progressed to novels. I also write a parenting blog as a way to ensure I write every week.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write an outline of the story, breaking down each chapter. I also keep a ‘cheat sheet’ to reference character information that may be cross referenced throughout the book at a later stage (and also to ensure I don’t double up on character names).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My writing often evolves almost like I’m reading a book. At times I listen to the character, at other I talk to them as I would discussing ideas with friends.
What advice would you give other writers?
Assuming you are writing because you enjoy the craft, then write as often as you can. Get the ideas down and then edit later. I keep a book of ideas for future stories that are great inspiration for later. Find friends with a passion for writing as using them as a sounding board is very worthwhile, just as your input can be for them. Enjoy the process of writing as the chances of becoming an overnight sensation are very slim!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After researching the pros and cons of each type of publishing I decided to self publish on Amazon. I don’t have to wait a long time to get my books published nor pander to the egos of those in traditional publishing, plus I have the ability to earn a higher percentage per book and I’m free to market the book the way I see fit.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’ve already noticed my local bookstores closing or reducing in size. I think digital publishing will reign supreme and traditional book publishing will die. My prediction is that major publishers will only publish successful ebook authors once they have a track record.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: New Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Short Stories, Children’s Books, Blogging
What formats are your books in?: eBook
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.