Today on Rampant Readers we are excited to have Nikki Rae answering some questions for us! So let’s get to it, shall we?
RR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
NR: Hi, my name is Nikki. I’m an indie author, student, and tea drinker. My first book, Sunshine was released on January 28th, 2013 and since then has been on Amazon’s top 100 paranormal fantasy eBooks. The second book in the series, Sun Poisoned, was released the 28th of June.
RR: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
NR: The next novel I have scheduled to come out is the third and final book of The Sunshine Series, Sun Damage. This is where everything is coming together. Each piece of the puzzle is set down, each secret is revealed, each wound is re-opened, you get the idea. Emotionally, it’s the most intense of the series, and the main character, Sophie, is mentally and physically tested unlike ever before.
RR: What do you love most about writing?
NR: There are so many things that I love about writing, I get to make everything up. I am a creator, above all else. I love that feeling of just getting to know the characters in a new piece of work or finding out new things I never thought possible about characters I’ve known forever. I love being able to manipulate words in a way that tells a story that only my character can tell it. I love putting them through things and seeing how they change or stay the same. I like being able to control everything in my head as well as on the page, but I also love it when the characters and the story take off and go in the direction they need to go. It’s a very complicated question to answer, to say the least.
RR: What made you want to write in the New Adult genre?
NR: Funny, when I first started The Sunshine Series, I never knew what New Adult was. I just knew the story I needed to tell, and if I had to categorize it, it would have been mature Young Adult…but then this new genre came along and seemed to encompass my stories well. I guess you could say that I didn’t really decide to write New Adult, my readers decided to classify my books as New Adult. It doesn’t really matter if they’re considered New or Young Adult to me. All that matters is that people can connect with my words, to be honest.
RR: Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
NR: Not until this summer. It was horrible. I went for about a month where I couldn’t write, and if I did, it was either very little or scrapped by the end of the day. I think the problem was that I was focusing too much on the problem of not being able to write. Once I forgot that I couldn’t write, the words came back.
RR: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
NR: I think I was probably in my senior year of high school. I always knew that I liked telling stories, and that sometimes those stories got written down, but I didn’t think I was a “writer” until I took a creative writing class, a few people read some of my stories, and they suggested I write more. Then I did. And I kept going. When I realized that I actually really loved writing, that there was something within me that compelled me to write every day, that’s when I think I considered myself a “real” writer.
RR: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
NR: I would want to do anything creative, really. Illustrator, painter, tattoo artist. Any of those would be options if I couldn’t write any more and could have unlimited practice time.
RR: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
NR: I had a wide range of dreams when I was younger. I wanted to be a vet, a paleontologist, I wanted to do art therapy, or be a school counselor. Writing was the only thing I turned out to be decent at.
RR: Do you have any pets? What are their names?
NR: I do! I have an eyelash crested gecko named Neil Gaiman. He’s my baby. : )
RR: Favorite song?
NR: It’s always changing, but it’s usually between: Circa Survive’s House of Leaves, Amanda Palmer’s Have to Drive, and AFI’s This Time Imperfect.
RR: Favorite quote?
NR: It’s something like: “I refuse to let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”—Mahatma Gandhi
RR: Favorite Animal?
NR: I really love all animals. It’s hard to pick. But…red pandas.
RR: Favorite Season?
RR: Favorite Number?
NR: 8. My birthday is 8/8/1988, so it makes sense.
RR: Coke or Pepsi?
NR: Coke. Even if I am trying to not drink as much of it. But god I love coke.
RR: Day or Night?
NR: Night. I’ve seriously considered, on more than one occasion, becoming completely nocturnal.
RR: Gum or Mints?
RR: Pen or Pencil?
NR: Pen. In my mind, pencils are for drawing and pens are for writing. If I switch up the two, my mind goes haywire for some reason.
RR: eBooks or paperbacks?
NR: That’s a trick question! I love both! I love the accessibility of ebooks and the smell and feel of paperbacks. As long as I get to read something good, it doesn’t matter how. : )
Let’s thank Nikki for taking the time to answer some questions for us today. Be sure to leave her some love!