Tell Me Your Story Tuesday
Happy Release Day!
|Tangled In Tulle|
Today is the release of Nikki's new series, Tulle and Tulips.
Let's celebrate by getting to know her better!
What made you pick your genre? What do you love about it? What stereotypes about it make you crazy?
I always loved reading the Harlequin Intimate Moments – the lighter romantic suspense stories – so I think it was a natural development for me. As for taking on straight contemporary without the suspense, that was a challenge issued to me by my first editor, and I’m so glad for it. I love where those stories are going.
Tell us about this new series Tulle and Tulips. What can the reader expect? How is this going to differ from your Sensory Ops Series?
Well, like all of my stories, my readers can expect a strong hero and heroine who come together as a stronger team. There is also a lighter tone in all of my stories, rather than darkness. In that way, Tangled is Tulle (and all the books in the series) will be like my Sensory Ops series it spins off of. How does it differ, there is no suspense. It’s just about two people overcoming the obstacles that stop them from falling in love.
You are also involved with Wicked Writers . What is that like?
Wicked Writers is a great group of authors and readers. We have a great time talking books, movies and hot guys (and much more). And it’s always a BLAST to meet these women in person after years of talking to them online. They’re like an extended family for me.
Do you have a writing routine? What does it look like? Where do you usually write?
My writing routine… HA! I squeeze in as much time as I can between the day job, volunteer jobs and the family. If I am lucky I get an hour each morning after the kids go to school where I can write. Sometimes I’m not lucky and only manage 5-10 minutes, but no matter what I am doing something on some book or writing every day.
Is the life of a writer what you thought it be? What is different?
I didn’t think it would change things too much from the normal craze that is my life. Turns out I was right, I just seem to fit in better at times. J
Do you have any special time management tricks for working in writing time and living a normal life?
The biggest time management trick is to stop making excuses as to why you don’t have time. After that, turn off the internet for at least 30 minutes a day. Longer is better.
What is the best advice you have received about this journey?
Stop making excuses and just do it. Oh, and allow yourself to write crap, because you can’t correct a blank page and you never know if it will actually be good.
What do you do to fight burnout? Do you ever worry about "running out of stories"? How do combat that?
I have enough stories in my head right now (and the voices and characters to go with them) to keep me writing for the next 10 years, so running out isn’t a concern. As for the burnout, I truly love writing so as long as I take a break in between stories and don’t push myself too hard and too fast I’m okay.
What kind of scenes do you have a hard time writing?
This is different for every book. Sometimes it’s a fight scene others it could be a sex scene or an emotionally pivotal one. It’s never the same, which is part of what keeps things interesting.
Do you ever write material based on your close relationships, such as a best friend?, and how do you balance that material with the need to tell an interesting story?
The closest I’ve come to writing about a best friend is using a name. The first time I did it I had to learn to divorce myself from the real person, because the real person absolutely is not and never would she be a call girl (even under the circumstances my character was in).
Tell us a bit about your work in progress.
My current WIP… I have a few. I am working on revisions for another WhisperingCove novella. It will be an erotic contemporary with the matchmaking grandfathers back to stirring up trouble. After that, I’ll be back to killing people in book 4 of the Sensory Ops.
What is next for you?
After TANGLED IN TULLE, I have ILLICIT INTUITIONS scheduled for release in April. After that, I should have another Tulle and Tulips book and somewhere in there will be the Whispering Cove novella.
How can we find out more about you? Blogs? Facebook? Twitter?
I’m pretty easy to find online. My website is www.nikkiduncan.com and I have a prominent blog link on there. My Twitter and Facebook pages are both /nduncanwriter. Anyplace else I can be found is linked on my website.
Thank you for having me.
Thank you stopping by, Nikki! Congratulations on your new series.
So, what else would you like to know about Nikki?