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Interview with Nicole Coverdale

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. Hello, I’m  Nicole. I’m 33 years old, live in the Midwest and love to write. I graduated from high school in Hudson, WI in the year 2005, tried the whole college thing, but it just didn’t really work out. When I’m not writing, in, I’ve to bake, cook, and catch up on some of my favorite TV shows.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books?
A. Yes, I do! On December 2nd, I have the 6th book in my, The Wiccan Way series, Anarchy Rising coming out, then on December 17th, Bitten, the 7th book in the series, then on December 24th, Tis The Season, the third book in the Randolph Saga is coming out. It’s going to be a busy December.

Q.3 How did you get the idea to write The Wiccan Way series?
A. Honestly, I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural, and wanted to build a world within it, but I wanted to make it realistic, and being from the Midwest, I really wanted to center it around St.Paul and Minneapolis. I’ve had some readers relate it to Charmed, the popular TV series, and while it might have some similarities, it’s nothing like the show.

Q.4 Among all the protagonists of your five titles, who’s your favorite and why?
A. Man! That is so hard! I write about a group of sisters in this series, and I love each and every one of them, but if I had to choose a favorite it would have to be Jade. She kind of reminds me of me in a way, lol, which was totally unintentional. She’s tough, caring, but has a hard time giving up control. She’s very set in her ways, but when it comes down to it, she will do whatever she can to keep her family safe.

Q.5 What about the supporting characters? Who does think is dearest to you?
A. You’re really asking the tough ones here, huh? I have so many supporting characters in the series. Love interests, angels, Gods, nieces, but I love writing about the nieces. The set of triplets. Josi, Jami, and Jessi… they all have their little quirks. Josi is the wild one, Jessi is the smart one, and Jami is kind of a mix of everything I guess. I love writing about Jami. When you first meet her, she’s all about school and being popular, but as the series goes on you learn how strong she is, and how much she cares for her sisters, plus her power is pretty neat.

Q.6 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A. I don’t go into writing a book for the sole purpose of sending a message to my readers. I don’t want to sound preachy. But when reading my books, you’ll learn that I love writing about big families and that they seem to center around good prevailing against evil. I also love writing about secrets.

Q.7 If you could be a member of any fantasy race, which would you choose and why?
A. If you’re referring to a group of characters, within a certain fantasy group, I would want to join the Shadow hunters. I absolutely loved that show and was so bummed when it got canceled.

Q.8 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
A. I don’t use a set formula. Honestly, I just take a thought and let the characters show me the way. It’s kind of fun that way because sometimes I even surprise myself! The first draft is always the characters telling me the story, then when I do the edits/re-writes, that’s when the story really starts to form.

Q.9 Do you feel any competitive pressure from fantasy films? If not, why not?
A. No. The fantasy world is so big, that there are so many different directions you can take with it, and create new worlds along with it.

Q.10 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
A. I love to write. It’s a passion of mine, and that is important to me first and foremost. If it becomes a full-time career in the future, I’m okay with that too.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
A. My Mom has actually been my biggest supporter. She’s always the first one to get the books, and badgering me when the next one will be out.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A. I don’t. If I stumble over a part I’m writing, it’s usually because I need a break. When you take a step back, you can often times see things more clearly, and there is always more than one way to write a scene.

Q.13 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
A. I do. I love reading how readers are experiencing my books. When I see a good review, it makes me feel so good. Knowing someone loved what I wrote it is a really good feeling, but part of the business is also getting bad reviews. You just have to remember that everyone is different and that you can’t please everyone.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. Not really. I guess, when I write, I don’t sit in a desk, I usually opt for the recliner. Other than that, I just write when I have a free moment, and write whatever comes to mind.

Q.15 What is one stereotype about fantasy writers is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?
A. Personally, I think one stereotype is that in the fantasy world, you have to have superpowers or be of another fantasy race in order to be successful. I think that is wrong. Anyone can defeat evil, whether you have superpowers or not, which is why I like my heroines to sometimes fight evil, without using their powers. A stereotype I think that is dead on? That even the most of evil beings have a weakness. Everyone has a weakness.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. When stepping foot into the publishing industry, you realize that there are a lot of ways to publish a book, but self-publishing authors seem to get preyed on a lot. You have scammers trying to offer you deals, vanity presses trying to offer you a deal if you pay a sum of money upfront, and I think it is so unethical. It’s really unfair, especially to new authors, what some people will do to steal your work. You have to be very careful with who you connect and do business.

Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
A. To keep doing what you love. A lot of writers will tell you to write to markets, that it’s the only way you’ll ever be successful. I disagree with that. If you just write to the market, you’ll stop doing what you love, and lose your passion along the way. There’s a fan base for everything out there and remember to be patient!

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I’m a huge fan of the band, Poison, and would love the chance to meet Bret Michaels. He’s such an amazing individual, has battled through his own demons, and gives back to a lot of communities.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. I can’t say I have a favorite book, but I’ve always been a big fan of Allison Brennan. Her stories are all so gripping, so page-turning, plus I love those whodunnit mysteries.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. When I first started writing, it was for me. Then as the years went on, as I got older, the stories changed. As the stories changed, they became something more, and something I wanted to share with the world. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, that I started really investing my time in becoming an author, and I’ve joined a lot of Facebook groups, learned ways of getting reviews, and interacting with people in the writing community has really helped. I still have a lot to learn, a lot of work to do,  but I’m proud of what I have accomplished and look forward to what the future holds.

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