Name: Nicky D White (N.D. White)
Where are you from: Missouri
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I have my Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I work in Human Resources for a major financial institution. I live in a small town but work in a big city; so I get to experience the best of both worlds. I am married and have two daughters, ages 7 and 11.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, there is not too much to tell to be honest. I am busy working a full time job, taking care of my family, and writing. I am always on the go. I don’t have much down time.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. Mostly I have dabbled in poetry and have done a lot of journaling.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, it wasn’t until I started writing my first book, Raven’s Innocence. Then shortly after I started that journey, I developed my own blog site where I started putting poetry out there , and also giving updates and posting unedited excerpts for Raven’s Innocence.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Two things, first of all, my mother. She used to write poetry and published a book of poetry back in the early 80s. She passed away 11 years ago. Second, author A.J. Linn. I started reading his Gentleman’s Series and was following him on Twitter; as well as numerous other authors. We chit chatted back and forth and I told him I always wanted to write a book. He asked me what was stopping me from doing it. I had an idea already, and he told me to sit down and just start writing. So I did. He’s been a big inspiration and supporter through my writing processes.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Well, at this time I am not so sure. Everything I do write is very emotional. My book is a romance novel, yet it’s also a suspense or thriller novel as well. I’m a Psychology person, so that is something I like to incorporate into my writing; psychological issues.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Lots of brainstorming! It took me weeks to decide on a title. One day I was as work discussing it with a co-worker and we were literally just throwing words around related to the book, and then it hit me. Not only the title for my first book, but the title for the second one, in which I am currently writing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not everything is always as it appears to be on the surface. And listen to your intuition. If something feels off or wrong, then it probably is.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
*Laughs* Well, I will tell you this much, Raven’s personality is very much my own. Her best friend Kat is based off of my best friend in real life as well. All the characters take on personalities of people I personally know. And I truly do love the winter…
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All I can say about that is answered in the above question.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
My mother, who was a writer was one of my biggest mentor’s. As for books, I read all kinds. I read all the time. I don’t really have any particular ones that have influenced my life the most. I guess you can say each one has had some sort of an effect on me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Stepbrother Mine by Mandy Lou Dowson.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Mandy Lou Dowson, Kristina Canady, and Christa Simpson…just to name a few. I have a long list of TBR on Goodreads; many from new authors that have grasped my interest.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing Raven’s Undoing, which is the second book to Raven’s Innocence.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Author A.J. Linn. He encouraged me to start this journey, and has been there to help me every step of the way when needed.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do and hopefully one day, it will become my only career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, not a thing. Because at the time I wrote, I said exactly what I wanted to.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?: No, it seems to be something I’ve always enjoyed doing and have been very good at.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Not yet. However, in the next few months I will start putting unedited excerpts on my website to Raven’s Undoing. And of course you can always visit it to see the poetry I’ve written.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time! Seriously…. Because when I do have the time and I start writing, it just flows naturally.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This is such a hard question because I don’t have only one! I really do like Lisa Renee Jones. She has a few different series out there and they are all different and brilliant. I’ve never been disappointed with her work.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet. I hope the day comes when I do have to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Christa Holland at Paper & Sage Design.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Again, finding the time. I wanted to work on it all day and all night until it was finished, which obviously wasn’t feasible.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I truly love to write, but everything that follows, such as editing and proofing and etc….I truly hate! And marketing and advertising and etc…. Oh my goodness I was not prepared for what all that entailed.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you have a story to tell, sit down and just write. And don’t go back and edit while you write either. Just write until it’s finished or you’ll get too caught up in trying to “fix things” in your manuscript as you go.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank You!!!! Thank You for your support and encouragement.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the earliest books I remember reading as a child was Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. It was very haunting, but I loved it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m very introverted and I keep my emotions pretty in check and buried deep down. But I do love a good comedy. As for crying, I hate when other people are suffering.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would like to meet Kristina Canady in person. She’s an author and we have become friends, chatting on messenger and etc. But I would love to meet her in person and hang out with her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I haven’t thought about it actually. Mainly because I want to be cremated and my ashes spread out somewhere. So no head stone for me.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading. I read anything and everything that I can get my hands and eyes on.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have a few weekly favorites: The Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, and Revenge.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
I love Mexican food and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. My favorite color is purple. I like all kinds of music, mostly indie rock or alternative. Imagine Dragons is one of my very favorite bands.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I always wanted to go into Forensic Psychology. But, I chose to have a family and take care of my girls over doing that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?: Visit my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ndwhiteauthor
Find me on Twitter @nickyd_white
Check out my Blog Page http://nickydwhite.com where you’ll find updates on my book, some of my poetry, and other writings. I’m currently writing Raven’s Undoing, and I will soon be posting Unedited Excerpts from that book as well.