Welcome to another #WriterWednesday! Today I introduce Nikki Walker, who writes Contemporary Romance and Inspirational Fiction. I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki on Facebook and have enjoyed our conversations. So, grab your cup of coffee, sit back, and get to know her!
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What inspired you to write?
Much of my writing starts with, ‘what if?’ Sometimes, it just comes to me in a desire to write and once I get in the process of writing, the story will unravel or be refined from that point forward. Sometimes I can see it play out in my mind like a movie. It’s really good when the story comes to me like this—the chances of it being completed and not thrown into the Eternal WIP File is slim. There is some of me or an experience of mine in every story that I’ve ever written.
What genre do you write? Did you choose it, or did it choose you?
I write Contemporary Romance and Inspirational Fiction.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Lately, it’s been very late at night into the early morning. This started out as insomnia—well that is what it is. However, it has become the time when my desire to write is the strongest.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmm, my writing quirk? The only one I can think of is to be in a zone free of “Ma-ma-ma-mommy-heyma!” I think that will pretty much do it for me. 🙂
MJ: LOL! Pretty hard to do during summer vacation, that’s for sure!
Are you a pantser or plotter?
I am a pantser. I am only beginning to loosely outline some direction and that only lately. I love the story to flow freely from my pen or now my keys. But I am considering your advice MJ!
MJ: It never hurts to try something new in order to find out what works best for you! 🙂
Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?
Every one of my stories has some of me in it. There was one event that shook me. A young couple that I met were in a car accident. I would only see the family in my bible services and some get-togethers, but I didn’t really know her—it was something that I intended to do. She was very much full of life, just glowed all the time. The couple had a beautiful little girl that my daughter loves as well. The wife did not survive the accident. That hurt me to my heart. It made me wonder so many things that we all wonder when we hear about tragedies like that. For one, how every day is a gift, and what we would like our last conversations with our loved ones to be. That was the beginning of the idea for my story, A Love Worth Waiting For.
Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Some may be starting a little more prepared than I was, but the best advice I’ve been given is to write as often as one can and recognize that it’s all a learning process. I would also advise that they invest in themselves as much as they can afford financially and with as much time and balance as they can manage in every other area of their lives.
Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?
I am Self-pubbed.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on In Search of a Healing Place. It is the follow up to Redemptive Acts, the second in the Redemptive Series.
Most importantly, Tyrone has to figure out how to make peace with the pain he has caused his brother and sister-in-law, Cherise whom he raped during a frat party. This assault continues to fracture his family, who are in the process of healing. None of them have quite figured out how to deal with the fact that while he is the father of Diamond, the child that resulted from the assault, it’s his brother who is raising her. This story leaves one wondering if there can be redemption for Tyrone. Will he and his hurting family ever find a healing place?
About the Author:
I am a writer of African American Contemporary & Inspirational Romance. Long before I had an impulse to write, I was reading. Reading was my EVERYTHING! Reading was my escape and means of entering new worlds. Everything was possible between the covers of a book, especially to a little girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey in the 70’s and 80’s. A 4th grade contest helped me put my first words on paper and eventually it became a means for emotionally venting when I began to journal. Something Oprah Winfrey said on her show reignited my desire to write stories in my twenties. Then I discovered that with a pen, I could re-write endings to situations in my own life. Now writing is not only a conduit to healing, it’s a means of hugging others through words. Still for a long time, I was too shy to show my work to people beyond close friends and family. Long before I had an impulse to write, I was reading. Reading was my EVERYTHING! Reading was my escape and means of entering new worlds. Everything was possible between the covers of a book, especially to a little girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey in the 70’s and 80’s. A 4th grade contest helped me put my first words on paper and eventually it became a means for emotionally venting when I began to journal. Something Oprah Winfrey said on her show reignited my desire to write stories in my twenties. write stories in my twenties. Then I discovered that with a pen, I could re-write endings to situations in my own life. Now writing is not only a conduit to healing, it is a means of hugging others through words. Still for a long time, I was too shy to show my work to people beyond close friends and family. That all changed nearly three years ago with the writing of Finding You. Then a year ago my muse woke up and I’ve been writing ever since.
Thank you for stopping by! I love to make new friends. Got questions or comments? Leave a comment, or connect with me online!
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