About Olivia Nicol:
I am a self published author and poet. i am happily married and a stay at home mother. In my free time I enjoy watching professional wrestling as well as writing short stories, poetry and fanfiction.
What inspires you to write?
a great many things. Currently my favorite wrestler inspired me to write my current book. Usually I am inspired by my husband, music, dreams, or even things I see on tv.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
my favorite authors: this is difficult. I love reading the classics, the books we had to read in high school for english lit. I love Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorites. I am trying to read and support more indie authors.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't have a specific process. i try to draft an outline first for my project. Occasionally I will just jump in and start writing, then go back and all the background details later. I usually write everything on paper first, then type it up afterwards. I listen to a lot of music when I write. this helps me visualize my characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I never do this. But, i usually visualize them and the whole story first. i want it to play out in my head like a movie so i can map out how I want each part of the story to go.
What advice would you give other writers?
never give up. always believe in your project or story. it doesn't matter if you feel like no one else want it. the fact is you are making the effort to tell your story and share it with the world.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my first book in 2016. I was looking for someone to help me, but the person ended up being too combative. I thought, this is my project. why am I giving them so much control, so I looked up how to publish my own books and this led me to CreateSpace, which is now Amazon KDP. I have been using them ever since.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that for the most part the publishing industry is on the right track. However, I feel like more resources could be made available to help self published authors. Yes, we have a variety of publishing websites. we do not nearly have as many marketing and promotional tools though.
What genres do you write?: Poetry, fiction, roance, christian
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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