About Nikki Stern:
Nikki is the author of two works of non-fiction: HOPE IN SMALL DOSES, a 2015 Eric Hoffer finalist for books that provoke, inspire and redirect thought, and BECAUSE I SAY SO: MORAL AUTHORITY'S DANGEROUS APPEAL, as well as dozens of short stories. She is co-author on the Cafe Noir interactive murder mystery series, published by Samuel French. Nikki's suspense novel, THE FORMER ASSASSIN has garnered strong reviews, including a top rating from Indie Reader. She's working on a mystery series starring a small town sheriff named Samantha Tate. When she's not writing about strong complex women, Nikki is working with several non-profits, taking Pilates classes, and attending to the needs of her dog, Molly. Please visit her website and subscribe for updates. No one will sell, share, give away, trade, barter, or flood your email.
What inspires you to write?
I love to research, to visualize certain scenes, to hear the dialogue, to visit the places and meet the new characters. Most of all, I like to think my books will entertain.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I'm in the middle of a project, I generally write six hours a day seven days a week. I have moved from seat of your pants to a chapter outline. I try to know what's going to happen in each chapter. If I get inspired to write a scene or a piece of dialogue, though, back to the seat of the pants! I take breaks from the computer. In between projects, I'll take four or five days off, even more. Maybe vacation or stay-cation. But I end up writing something anyway.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let them talk to me. Or I try to imagine that I am them. What's she thinking, how's she feeling?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it. Aim to get better–at describing, at editing, at structuring sentences and creating moods. Don't despair. I started very late in life and will be a very old woman when I finish.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
One book was traditionally published, the others self-published. I get impatient and trad publishing is very slow. Of course, I have a new series in the work and I'll probably return to the slow route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Traditional publishing has got to become more nimble and self-publishing more discerning. Eventually, I suspect a hybrid model will prevail, wherein the best still rises to the top.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: thriller/mystery/non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
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