Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a stay at home wife and mother in the most authentic part of my life. When I am not writing, my life is family oriented, and I love crocheting! I am still shooting for my spiritual center-- almost there. (smile) But I am at peace and my journey to this moment is what I like to convey to my readers. There is so much within me bubbling forth in stories. Most of my life has centered around helping others with an encouraging message that I share in my community work as much as possible. Now my life is coming full circle by being able to do so through my stories.
Anyway, for now, you may not know what I look like, but I could probably be that kooky lady that stood beside you in line somewhere that made you laugh for a moment or two.
1. Everybody always asks when did you start writing, but when did you know that writing is what you were destined to do?
A 4th grade contest helped me put my first words on paper and eventually it became a means for healing emotionally. With a pen I could re-write endings to situations in my own life. Now writing is not only a conduit to healing, its a means of hugging others through words.I’m still wondering if it’s something I’m meant to do. It’s something that I enjoy doing now. Although there are so many stories within me yet untold, after each published one I still wonder if I can manage to put together another.
2. If you could sum your writing up in a song, what would it be and why?
It would be in the words of one of my taglines, smiles, hugs, peace and kisses! These are the things I want to convey to my readers in each and every story that I write, but Celine Dion’s
‘Because You Loved Me’ is a good one too.
3. If your writing was a color, what would that color be and why?
Shades of pink and plum—like bubble gum. Even now it conjures up childhood days of going to the corner store to buy Bazooka to chew, pop and blow while enjoying conversation with girlfriends. That’s what my stories are, where innocence intersects with reality.
4. What was the most enjoyable thing you have written to date? What was the hardest thing you have written to date and why?
There are bits and pieces of my stories that I enjoy and have been challenging. When Naya lays on her bed and reflects what she did wrong—hard. When Lisa and Devin finally have ‘that’ conversation—hard.When Jonathan’s mother takes a bubble bath while waiting for her husband to discover what she put in his bed to encourage him back into her bed—Joy!
5. If you were no longer able to write, what would you do?
I would find something else to be a conduit to my creativity.
6. What’s your normal writing process? Do you freestyle, use outlines, write to music, or sit in silence? Mostly freestyle, sometimes I use outlines—but only when my writing is challenged. Lately, I have been writing some of the story I’m working on to music—but it’s not a standard process.
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Why? I have no favorite place, but I absolutely love to write late at night. It’s when my brain is firing at its best I guess. (smile)
8. What genres do you write in and why? I love romance! (smiling goofily) I love the sap and thrill, the pull and tug of the gut in a heartbreaking love story. My goal with each story is to do that and if I can include a few positive messages then that’s even better.
9. Who is the character in one of your stories that you absolutely love or absolutely love to hate and why? I haven’t created a character I hate yet. My characters are flawed like all of us. Asking me to choose who I love the best, would be like a mother choosing between her children. It depends on the day.
10. What is the most touching thing a reader ever said to you?
When I get reviews where the readers are motivated in some direction because of the story, well that would make any author proud. The redemptive series transcended my expectations considerably.
11. What has been the most challenging thing you’ve had to face in your writing career thus far?
The business side is tedious. Every day one has to be ready to sell their product and sell themselves.
12. Tell us something that you never shared about yourself with your readership?
Many may not know that I suffer from a depressive disorder that challenges me daily. Depression affects the brain yes, but the brain affects your entire body. So, there are many things that a person who suffers with this chronically will have to overcome. Lately, it has affected my mobility. Always there is the cyclic roller coaster of it and knowing you’re constantly in a state of starting over that is difficult. Accomplishment for me is sometimes in the moment. Because my moods aren’t always stable I live in ‘burn the forest’ down moments and in those moments, just like with any forest fire there is a lot of damage only in the cost of friendships and damage in family. I stay in a redemptive state. But I learn, I strive for humility, I lift my head and move forward. My strong belief in God’s promises of healing illness, even emotional illness, helps me to endure. (Isaiah 33:24, Revelation 21:4)
13. Why should we buy your books?
IF you would like an inspirational story about second chances, my stories are for you.
14. What is your most recent release? Current projects you are working on? What is the next thing we can expect from you? TEASE:
I am currently working on my first interracial romance.The most challenging part is capturing appropriate Italian expressions accurately and naturally.
“You don’t enjoy being in my arms Cara?”
“Stop calling me that!” She said as she turned and walked away from him.
Soon he was standing behind her easing his arms around her waist. “But that is how I think of you since the moment I laid eyes on you. Have I hurt you? What have I done to make you resist me so?”
She inhaled deeply. Why did she resist him? That question only lasted a second because deep down inside she knew why. It wasn’t a mystery despite the fact that she was slowly being lulled by his melodic accent and beautiful eyes and now the sensual feel of his body against hers, making her want to turn into his arms and let him make her forget all the reasons she should say no. The strength deep within her resisted the hypnotic pull. She raised her eyes to his and said directly.
“Because you will hurt me in the end. I am not your kinda girl Gianni.” She said pulling away from him even as she chided herself for missing the familiarity of him.
“What do you mean you are not my kind of girl?” He asked as he peered into her eyes. “You say this when I feel the attraction, I see the desire? Why do you make this so complicated. We want each other no?”
“I’m not sure where I am in this anomaly Gianni. I am attracted to you yes, but I haven’t decided anything else about it.”
“What else is there to decide Cara?” He chuckled while his sensual lips eased into its place of certainty. “I want you and you want me—things are simple no?”
“No.” She said with her eyes blazing. Those were the very words another man had said to her long ago. He too was a man that wanted to oversimplify something as sacred as she giving her body to someone. He couldn’t have sobered her up more than if he’d thrown a glass of water into her face.
“Why is it that men like you want to take the act of making love and turn it into something as ordinary as sharing a meal or a bit of conversation. Well it’s not that way for me and if you know women as well as you claimed to last night, you know I’m not that type of woman. Proximity isn’t everything. It’s storming outside and I’m stuck here for a while so you think it would be a great way to spend some time. Well you got another thing coming when it comes to this woman. I’m not a cheap piece of convenient nookie!”
Gianni’s eyes hardened against the ice shards of her gaze. “I don’t need to take advantage of proximity! I have only to pick up the phone if it was an itch that I needed scratched.”
“Well I suggest you do just that, because our relationship is purely professional.”
He took in her determined stance, her hands attached to the round of her hips. If she only knew how beautiful she looked to him right at this moment. He moved forward and kneeled before her as he slipped his arms around her slender waist. As her blouse rose slightly, he pressed his face against the smooth of her skin. He had never touched her more than this and yet he felt as if he knew this body, for it felt as if he had somehow come home. He felt her resist at first, but he clung on determinedly as he tuned into the sounds of her body. He shut out everything as he waited for the inner purr that was common to all felines, even ones as feisty as she was. He murmured against the flat of her tummy. “There is nothing about you that seems cheap to me. You should know that. I didn’t…approach you correctly in my haste to give into the madness that has overtaken me. Everything about you speaks of the royalty of queens before your time. You are beautiful to me and there is no other woman I have seen before you that rivals what I feel is exquisite about you.”
15. If you had a word of wisdom to share with us, what would it be?
Strive for always to keep life balanced by making spirituality a priority. Strive for humility. Try to be happy and appreciative.
16. How can readers follow you?
You can keep up to date with me at the following links:
Nikki’s Book Chats
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