Author Name: Nicole Delacroix
What is your favorite book and why? I love all the classics really, but every year I make it a point to purchase a new copy and read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It was the first real adult book I read when I was a kid (started at 12) and it took several readings to really get all the nuances and depth from the story. I usually read at least 2 books a month, and I get pretty eclectic with my selections. I’ve been known to read off the wall alternative history books or a text book for how to program Linux or even comedic books that really just point and laugh at things. I really like to give a book at least two or three chapters before I give up on it, but as long as they can hook me in by the third chapter, I’ll trudge all the way through to the end. I’ve read some really fantastic books that most people give up on because they just don’t get far enough along. Thus the basis for my “rule of three”….
Do you tell people that you’re an author? ABSOLUTELY! If you want to be something, even an author, then call yourself what you want to be. You have to own the title and make it yours, that’s the only way the dream becomes a reality. I’m a firm believer in positive energy and if you believe it you can make it happen.
What do you wish you had known when you started writing? Oh so many things, but mostly that you have to set a schedule and KEEP TO IT. I’m the biggest procrastinator, so for me sitting down and writing becomes all about – do I have the right setting? Do I have music? Do I have time? Do I have candy? – by the time I answer all that, it’s time for bed and I’ve missed yet another day. So I have a set area (my office) that I keep the way I need it to be for me to write so that I can keep to my set time and write. My other problem is that I write myself into a corner sometimes, and I have to take the time to get out of my own head to figure out the problem. I’ve gotten into a habit lately that when I get locked into a corner, I start writing something else (anything else) and this usually gives me fresh eyes on the problem. The bonus to this is that I have about 6 books I’m already in various states of ready with!
Do you read your books after they are published? I do. I’m guilty, mea culpa! Mostly it’s to make sure that some errant mistake didn’t make it past the editing front line, but if it’s taken me enough time to write, I really see the story as new and fresh so I get to experience it as my readers do, and sometimes that creates changes, but then I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
How does real life inspire your writing? I really think that if you make something (a job, a hobby, etc) a part of your life, it will inspire your life and your life inspires your desires. So for me, I usually see something in my real life that makes me start thinking – for example, my second book “How Brave Are You” was inspired by my own crisis of faith. It snowballed into something more than I had never really dreamed that it would, but for me that’s how my brain works. I get this spark of something – it could be mundane, it could be brilliant – then from there it takes on a life of it’s own. I’ve never edited my ideas which I think is what makes my writing honest and raw (and hopefully enjoyable!).
Where do you see the publishing industry headed to in the next few years? That’s a relatively difficult question for me. While I’m not blind to the technological advancement of the e-reader and the visibility that it gives, for me I love the smell of a good book. So I would hate to see books as a whole diminished. I personally go out of my way to have a hard cover edition of books I love. But I love my E-reader and my tablet for convenience. That’s one of the reasons why I love that Amazon allows self-publishers to offer a companion Kindle edition of their books for a discounted price. I think it gives the incentive to have a paper copy AND a convenience copy.
What’s the most important quality a writer should have? I think there are several qualities that a writer needs, but topping my list is passion. If you don’t have a love for your subject, your characters, your story, it shows! If you’re not excited about your book, how can you make me excited about it?
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made as an author? Oh goodness, I’ve made so many…. how to pick one. I guess the one I kick myself about is hire a professional. Whatever the need is, art, editing, marketing, etc., hire a professional. There is a reason they get paid the big bucks, and if I could have afforded it, I would have hired one.
What are you working on now? As I said, I have a really good habit of starting several different projects in order to get over “writer’s pause” (I don’t like calling it block because that means I’m not moving – I’m moving, just taking a little break while I figure out my next move). Currently I’m pushing myself to step outside my comfort zone and try genres that aren’t normally my “go-to” genre. So I have a ghost/horror story that I’m working on, a historical fiction, an alternative history and the follow up to Glimpse of Darkness – Blind Horizon. I’m a little weak on the work at the moment, usually I have seven or eight things in the fire at the same time, but you happened to catch me on a light day.