Also likes candles, incense and Gilmore Girls.
Currently working on the follow up novel to ‘Gothic’, titled ‘Revelry’, slated for release in 2013.
What inspires you to write?
Dreams sometimes. Particularly with my current series, ‘Gothic’. I can’t actually say what the scene in the dream was, as that gives away spoilers for the second book (which is, of course, coming soon!) but suffice it to say that that gave me my three main characters. I sat on the idea for almost a year before starting to actually write it, though. It was my Honours year at university. The only reason I started writing when I did was because I just needed something that was a little less dry, a little more fun, and there you have it: Gothic appeared on virtual bookshelves within a year of the first draft!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am actually very much like a sports player when I get on a good run of writing: Superstitious as hell! It doesn’t much matter which room I start writing in, who is around, what music is playing, etc. What matters is that, once I have a good day of writing, I keep my laptop on that table, I keep that time of day free, I do the best I can to make sure that my “real life” work works around the writing I need to do, and I keep myself in that space day after day until the creative juice of that area dries up. Then I try to find a new place and repeat the process. This has happened in most rooms of my house, as well as several local libraries and, occasionally, a cafe.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh yes. Both! Sometimes, my insomnia is caused by conversations with my characters that just don’t end at a reasonable time. And then, of course, if I don’t wake up enough to write notes, it’s all gone by the morning before I set up in front of my laptop. That’s why I find it really useful, every so often, to take some time off work just so that I can write at all hours.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Keep working towards getting better at your craft. Actually, I wrote a blog post just on answering this question that might be a more thorough way of answering this question, complete with links with good advice that I’ve compiled over the last year: http://nicole-d-fergusson.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/advice-for-writers.html
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve had the dream of getting someone else to want to publish my books since as long as I can remember. This isn’t a dig at self-publishing. In fact, if anything, my feelings on the matter are very old fashioned if only because they haven’t changed for the last 20 years. However, I’m quite happy giving over the stress of cover art and editing to another person while it’s just my job to make sure that my novel is written within a timely period. *smiles*
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I look around me and I actually see that self-publishers who are retaining their rights finding it much easier to get a big publishing deal than those who are content to publish with the many small presses around the place. Personally, I think either is a good answer at the moment, but self-publishing does seem like it might end up being a good option for the future where the control stays with the author.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, Urban fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult, Memoir
What formats are your books in?