Nikki-Michelle resides in Metro- Atlanta, Georgia by way of Lexington, Mississippi. Carried by her love of reading, she began writing at the early age of twelve and has been on a journey of “trying” to pen the perfect novel ever since (she’s still working on that). Her love of writing and wanting to create stories with true to life situations are what inspire her to continue to write stories readers will enjoy with characters they can relate to. You can catch her works in the previously released anthologies ‘If Only For One Night 1&2,’ ‘Full Figured 3’, and ‘Girls From Da Hood 7’. Her full-length works include ‘Tell Me No Secrets’ and ‘Tell Me No Lies’ with her newest title ‘Bi-Satisfied’ set to be released August 25, 2015.
What inspires you to write?
As a youth, I used the love of literature to escape the horrors of life due to my abuse and trauma suffered at the hands of loved ones. As I got older, instead of using literature to transport me away from life of drama; I became the transporter. My love of writing and wanting to create stories with true to life situations are what inspire me to continue to write stories readers will enjoy with characters they can relate to.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes I outline, but normally nothing I put in the outline ends up in the story. LOL. So I’m more of a free hand writer than anything. There are times I have to take notes, but that’s more so, so I don’t forget important details about the story or characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh yes, I listen to my characters. I have to or the story won’t be worth much. LOL. With my latest novel, Bi-Satisfied, these characters would not let me rest until I had finished their story.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give to other writers is to read just as much as you write. Try to write something every day even if it’s just a paragraph. Also, get a true reputable editor. Someone who will tell you the truth about your writing and writing style.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always wanted to be a published author. It just so happened that I submitted a short story to Essence bestselling author Brenda Hampton, who is also a literary agent. She liked my story and then the most amazing thing happened. She asked me to be in the anthology ‘Full Figured 3’ with her. The rest is history as they say.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Actually, I’m not sure. Right now, things are changing and we either have to keep up or get left behind.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romance, erotica, sci-fi, paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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