Nikolai was born in England a long time ago, spent half his life in Sweden and now lives in England again. He spends his days as a designer for a top web application company in London and his nights reading and writing.
His writing inspirations are Neil Gaiman, Bernard Cornwell, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and more.
What inspires you to write?
I wanted to read a book that was a fantasy work, yet had real characters with real problems. I wanted it to be fast paced and rich in adventure, people and mood, gritty and earthy. I had trouble finding such a book and so I wrote it.
Tell us about your writing process.
Plan first. Take your time to get it into notepads. Once you are confident that you have the characters, story and world in place, start writing. Nothing is set in stone, but with a firm grounding you can go at full speed. Once you have started, the only rule is that every day you read the last couple of pages you wrote.
It is a simple rule and allows you the idea that there is no pressure. What I find is that when I have read the last couple of pages, I can’t help writing some more. As long as I know that I don’t have to, it becomes easier to keep going. You are already at your machine, ready to go, so it is easy to add a bit or a lot.
Sometimes there is pressure to write. Just read the last couple of pages. If it is not easy to keep going, just put one word after the next. Inspiration will come soon. At the least you will want to edit those words the next day when you read the last couple of pages.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to be the character and see the world from his/her point of view. As an author, I become an actor and imagine what it is like to be in the character’s situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read as much as you write. Self discipline is important. Writing is work like any other work, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to enjoy it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self publish. Why? I want control over the life of my work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It looks very good indeed. Books will never die, but paper books will probably become a niche product, digital being the norm. Self publishing will be the norm ( as it was a hundred years ago).
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, horror and adventure
What formats are your books in?