Author Spotlight: Erin Nicholas
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
EN: I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl. My first attempts are still in notebooks at my mom’s house from when I was six or so 🙂 I think I always just assumed I’d be an author one day.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
EN: I get to tell other people love stories for a living. There’s nothing better. I get to put love and hope and sex-positive ideas and stories out into the world on a regular basis. I just can’t think of anything better. The most rewarding part are the emails and comments from readers who have found some kind of connection or representation in my stories. Whether it’s finding another reader to connect with, or a character who makes them feel less alone, or just a story that helps them forget about a hard time for a little bit, that all matters so much to me.
The challenging part is when people think they get to dictate how authors write their stories or run their businesses. Not every story is for every person and not every book is going to automatically be available exactly the way each person thinks it should be. But neither is every restaurant or store or band or weather report always going to deliver exactly what you want it to every single time. That’s life. People need to be a little more open-minded and just accept that the world isn’t all about them.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
EN: Can’t answer this one. I would never hit publish on a book that didn’t delight me in some way.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
EN: My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding is the most “Erin” book probably that also serves as a great introduction to my Louisiana world where I “live” most of the time 😉
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
EN: I’d love to see either Beauty and the Bayou made into a movie– a beauty and the beast/ opposites attract/ grumpy sunny rom com set on the Louisiana bayou– or Diamonds and Dirt Roads— a billionaire heroine has to move to small town Kansas and run a pie shop for a year with her sisters to inherit in their father’s will and falls for the lawyer who is helping execute the will– and fake dates him 😉
For stars?? No idea if this is a good pick but Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong in my eyes and him and… I don’t know… Anna Kendrick? I love her in anything to 🙂 LOL! (Obviously I should stick with writing and not casting 😉
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
EN: READ! A lot. All of it. All the time. Then read some more.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
EN: This is a VERY short list. I’m super picky. I’m going to say Samantha Chase because we’ve talked about it 😉 Or Erin McCarthy. Another friend. It would have to be someone I know VERY well, trust, and can yell at a little bit without hurting their feelings (and vice versa)! Lmao!
CJC: Favorite motto?
EN: Why not?
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
EN: Read a lot. Get away from the computer. Sleep more. I usually get blocked when I’m overly tired and trying to push too hard.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
EN: Fun and sexy.
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?
EN: Oh wow, I loooove doing covers. Blurbs are sometimes easy and sometimes the worst so definitely, I’ll say blurb here.
CJC: Do you have authors who inspire you? And if so, who and why?
EN: Susan Elizabeth Phillips because I absolutely love her writing style and the way she infuses humor and the longevity of her career.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
EN: I try to write in the morning when I’m fresh. I usually start by doing a writing spring with hands on the keyboard and then I dictate the rest of my words for the day once I’m in the flow. I love dictation! I talk so much faster than I can type.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
EN: Finishing book three in my Badges of the Bayou series! Then doing some fun short bonus things for readers before jumping into a new book in January 🙂
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
EN: Thanks for reading this far! lol! 🙂 Thanks for asking me to share a little bit about myself! Xo