Author Interview: Stephanie Nichole
About the author:
Stephanie Nichole lives in a small town with her family in New Mexico. She graduated college in 2010 with a degree in business and accounting. However, her true passion is all things book related. As a student English and Literature were her favorite subjects. Weekly library trips with her mother also helped instill her love for books. Stephanie would look forward to summer most of all, not because she was out of school but for the summer reading groups at her local library. After a friend’s encouragement she started her author journey in 2016.
Stephanie is an avid book, music and old Hollywood movie lover. When she's not busy reading or writing she's probably binge watching Netflix or PassionFlix. Some of her favorite authors are: Edgar Allan Poe, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Colleen Hoover, Alessandra Torre, Nicholas Sparks and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Stephanie also loves to connect with her readers on social media.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I've always been a bit of a hopeless romantic. Something about the idea of love and soulmates really gives me a feeling of warmth and comfort in the world. I love to read or watch love unfold, for two people to beat the odds set against them and manage to come out together on the other side, stronger than before.
Tell us about how you write.
Well I normally start with an outline (that I never end up sticking with). Then I'll name each character and give them all a little backstory as well as a character photo to help inspire me. I pick a song to start off with whatever mood I'm wanting to set then I'm all set to start writing. Oh, and normally a glass of water or Dr. Pepper 10 is necessary.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
All the time! The James Brothers series did not start out as a series. I originally only meant to write Pedal to the Metal and then be done. However, while I was writing Ace was just screaming at me, begging for his story to be told and the next thing I knew I had a book for each brother. I think listening or talking to your characters is a key part of writing, or at least it is for me.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Write for yourself. Don't think or worry about what others are wanting you to write. If you don't see your characters getting a happily ever after, that's okay. At the end of the day you have to be proud of the work you put out there and if you aren't writing for yourself then you stand a bigger chance of being disappointed with the outcome. Also, don't be afraid to push the boundaries of what is considered romance.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I've actually done both self-publish and traditional. I started out doing self-publishing because I wasn't sure how to go about finding a traditional publisher. I self-published for about a year and a half before finding Kingston Publishing and signing with them. I was really lucky to find a publisher that is so understanding and works so hard to help make my books successful. I had a little success while self-publishing but it's a very long road and can get really expensive. For me, traditional publishing works the best.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue to grow. With the invention of digital books I think it opened a lot more doors. Digital books give readers a way to carry multiple books at one time without taking up a ton of room. So if you travel a lot you can still have your books within arms reach. I know a lot of people are very anti-digital (I used to be one myself) but it really does give more people the opportunity to read.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
second chance, bad boy/good girl,
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