About Nikki Fuller:
Nikki is as she describes herself just ‘one woman’. Whether this be as a daughter, mother, wife or business entrepreneur. Through the different caps she wears like many other women, she has seen and experienced the highs and lows in life so far. She puts her hands up to struggling with ‘Life’ and anxiety and strives every day to find that ‘Happy’ place and even some days finds it! Nikki tries to find positive affirmations that help make life more comfortable to wear and if she can’t, she’ll put a twist of humour on things, as sometimes laughing is the only answer!
She has dealt with depression and post-natal depression and scrapped her way through her entrepreneurial avenues, and what she didn’t know, she has learnt along the way. Her books are short reads (which she prefers), that give an insight into parts of her life and lessons learnt.
When asked what kind of book does she enjoy to read, she replied ” Ones that I can either relate to, or gain something from and if it can be done in short chapters or fit into 10 minutes here and there, even better!…I like to think that I write, how I would either like to read or as if I was chatting to a good friend”.
There are currently 2 books in this series, with the second being ‘One Woman’s Private Life Shared’ but along with wearing different caps, she admits to having a few sides, hence also writing Children stories and other fiction and non-fiction. Why box yourself in, when you can be anything you want to be?
What inspires you to write?
It was something I had bubbling in me for some time. There had been handfuls of moments when I just thought I was on a different page to everyone else and struggled with the simplest of tasks and anxiety. Bumping into friends in the street and not being able to make or want eye contact, let alone a conversation. Answering the phone or walking into new places and do new things.
So when I found myself having a few free hours, I started to put these thoughts down, partly to release them from rambling around in my mind but in the hope that I was not alone. That someone else was out there, that felt this way and shared the despair or confusions and if there was, then maybe it would be comforting for me to know that I was indeed not alone and neither were my readers and together would could learn to accept and love ourselves for who we were.
Tell us about your writing process.
I laugh at myself as it’s always the same. I have to procrastinate first for about half an hour, sometimes more. I know that I want to write but it’s like diving into a pool, I have to do a couple of runs up to it first. Procrastination may involve making a cup of tea, checking social media or finding a toffee in a drawer. Then when I’m ready, I’m off!
Probably the days or weeks even months leading up to the actual writing, I have made notes or structured ideas. This is normally simply in the form of writing. I love pen and paper and post it notes but I do have one main ‘ideas’ book, which I call my ‘mood boards’ and from here the story or chapters are built. I also find notes on a smartphone handy, as when you hear and see something and you can just log it for reference later. From here the actual typing process will be done using either Word or a software program called the Ultimate Ebook Creator. This is extremely handy as it formats the book and assists me turning it into the file I need, whether it be a mobi file for ebooks, or a pdf file for paperbacks.
Once I am writing, I keep going until I am satisfied that enough words have been achieved that day or content with the way it is moving along, often aiming for 1000 words per day. Some of this flows like a river and other times, it’s like a battle with yourself. But I try to remind myself, that it’s not important for it to be perfect for the first draft, but just to, simply write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I haven’t published any fiction as yet but I have started to write a selection of stories and at this point, I can honestly say, they are my new circle of friends.
What advice would you give other writers?
When it comes to memoirs – Do it! When you feel the time is right, just sit yourself down and start to make notes. But start, no matter how small. Plan how you think the chapters might pan out and don’t worry if these change. Just begin. Writing a memoir can be emotional, so watch out for unexpected bursts of emotions but once you have relived your own journey, be very proud of yourself and don’t worry about critics or people judging you. This is your story and only yours to tell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Being new to writing and publishing, I simply decided to start somewhere, as long as I started! I spent many an hour researching the best avenue to take and although I would love a traditional publisher to snap up my books, I also embraced the self-publishing route. Having full control to write, publish, promote and simply get it out there. I love waking up every day, knowing that my day is up to me and letting what is inside of me, appear in black and white. For me it was about taking the first steps and one step at a time, so Amazon has been perfect but will certainly over the coming months, explore other means. It was important also for me not to box myself in to one genre, so I developed a website, that would allow me to grow as my writing evolved and hopefully share what I learn along the way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s incredibly exciting! Liberating! And endless. I believe the traditional route will remain popular, as many authors will always aspire to having their books in an actual bookshop but it will also, rub along nicely with self-publishing, which opens up so many doors not only in written word but audio too and if done right, allows you an income for a job that takes the barriers away from the 9 to 5 and a real sense of accomplishment and freedom.
What genres do you write?: Self Help, Memoirs, Biography, Childrens
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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