About Nicole Sallak Anderson:
Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University. After graduation, she developed encryption and network security software, which inspired both the storyline and the science behind the eHuman Trilogy—both eHuman Dawn and eHuman Deception are available at Amazon, the third installment is expected in early 2016. She currently lives with her husband and two teenaged sons on two acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California, where she indulges in a variety of homesteading hobbies, from beekeeping and raising chickens and goats, to gardening, canning, spinning, and knitting. She’s also a novice bass player, having found that keeping the rhythm helps keep the muse coming!
She is a regular speaker on topics of consciousness and technology and available at the Brighter Brains Speaker Hub.
In addition, she is a member of the advisory board for the Lifeboat Foundation and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, aka IEET.
What inspires you to write?
My eHuman novels were inspired by a dream I had five years ago in which I was living in a humanoid body and the power had been cut to my city. My current novel is inspired by my life long love historical fiction, fantasy and Ancient Egypt.
However what inspires me to write everyday is my love of world building. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been creating worlds within my imagination, places I can visit and develop through time. And nothing is more wonderful than meeting the characters as the stories and plot develop. It is such a great way to spend my life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a total outliner. The plot comes first. Basically I download it and write a chapter by chapter scene sketch. Then, I sit down and write the novel. Yes, the finished product looks different than the outline and often I’m surprised at plot twists and turns, but I always start with an outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. I ask them how they are, what music they like, how they feel about one another. I dream of them, and when they do something I wasn’t expecting, I feel a deep respect for them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Everyday. Even if you don’t feel like it. Just show up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the traditional route at first. I found an agent and he submitted to the regular publishers and they rejected eHuman Dawn. A few were interested, but in the end my lack of experience worked against me. My agent convinced me to work with a small online only publisher. While this allowed me access to editors, cover designers, etc to help make my book a high quality product, I’m leaning more towards self-publishing my next novel. This gives you more control. If you have to do all the publicity work yourself, then a small publisher doesn’t really help you. Go big (traditional publishers) or go independent seems to be the way to go.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
eBooks are the future and the future is already here. 99.9% of my sales on Amazon have been as eBooks.
Yet I also think services that provide reviews will become the gatekeepers. There’s so much out there, how can a reader discern what’s of high quality or not? Services that readers can join will perhaps take the role of the editor at the major book houses. It’s all about quality.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: science fiction, historical fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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