About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Florida with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business.
Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.
You may learn more about Nicole and her work at www.authornicoleblanchard.com. Join her mailing list for updates at http://eepurl.com/6zSvD
What inspires you to write romance books?
This sounds so corny, but it’s mostly my husband. We’ve been together since I was seventeen and most of that time has been spent apart as he was in the military and then stationed overseas as a civilian. I consider all of my stories to be long love notes about some aspect of him or our relationship. Hey, a girl has to do something to keep busy!
Tell us about how you write:
I spent ten years trying to figure out how to finish a freakin’ book. It truly takes a lot of blood sweat and tears to finally reach the finished product. Eventually I forced myself to sit down, focus, and put the words on a page.
For the most part, I work from a very loose outline I keep in my head as I’m writing. When the details get too large to hold onto, I write out scene by scene to keep the threads from tangling. Then I send off to my team of trusted beta readers and my magnificent editor to pull apart. After that, the process starts all over again until I’m satisfied.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s more like I’m watching them on t.v. I observe the scene taking place and try to record it to the best of my abilities.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up!
I know that’s cliche, but it’s so true.
Oh, and don’t let anyone tell you how to write. Take advice, learn from others, but stay true to yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I met an amazing author who held my hand the whole way. It’s important to find supportive, knowledgeable people that will give you guidance and advice. Once I learned that I could follow my dreams with self-publishing (I’m a control freak so it works for me!) I started down that road and never looked back.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue to evolve. It’s an exciting time to be an author right now and I’m looking forward to what comes next!
What genres do you write:: Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Paranormal
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
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