Name Nicole Hite
Where are you from Richmond, VA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I little about me. Well, I graduated from Radford University in 2003 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Media Studies and Art. It’s a nice way of saying, Liberal Arts degree aka I couldn’t make up my mind. I have been married for 7 years now to my best friend and we have two fur babies. We are exceptionally proud to say we have four nephews and three nieces. They are spoiled relentlessly.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released my second book in The Southern Gentleman Series, Intertwined Love, which is currently ranked #2 on Amazon for free books. Book three is scheduled to release in late July. I also just released my second submission in an anthology titled Once: A Collection of Sinfully Sexy and Twisted Tales which is currently ranked #2 as well. I’m very proud of this.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I self-published my first book in January of 2015, however I have been writing for some time. It wasn’t until a fellow author of mine, Brooklyn Taylor, where I found the inspiration and courage to release it to the public. It was shear luck that I was invited to participate in my first anthology, Suits & Shades – Alpha Suits Anthology. I still wonder how I was invited to this group, but I am so thankful.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t. It’s crazy, but I feel as if I am simply writing fictitious diary entries…which everyone can read. One day I will embrace the title, just not today.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I am an avid reader and I kept reading stories where I felt the outcome or dialogue could be different. Instead of being critical, I decided to do something about it. I kept thinking to myself, “What would you want to read about, Nicole?” After I made the decision, Brooklyn Taylor pushed me and gave me the motivation to put myself out there. I also found a lot of myself in my leading lady, Carrington, which made writing easier.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose it’s a mixture of quite a few things. I was always a fan of Jane Greene and Alice Claytor – humorous but sexy. I would consider myself a romance/contemporary/erotic writer.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Justified Love: It’s a pun off my husband’s name, but also it links into the theme of the book pertaining to the legal struggles Carrington’s family encounters.
Intertwined Love: The second addition to the series introduces a love triangle of sorts; two of which are sisters. Naturally they are connected in an unconventional way.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Justified: It’s okay to be perfectly imperfect. Even thought you might be judgmental towards yourself does not mean others feel the same way. This is a life lesson I continue to struggle with, which is why I feel for Carrington.
Intertwined Love: Take chances. Follow your heart.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Justified Love: Character wise, I would say Carrington and I are fairly similar. Personality wise, Carrington has a very similar corky, loving personality. I love that about her. Situation wise, I’m sure it could happen, however it has never happened to anyone I know of.
Intertwined Love: Love wise, sure, why not? Big picture, heck no, at least I hope not. It’s a fictitious story for a reason.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Justified Love: Sure, Carrington and I struggle with weight. Harley is outgoing which I love and a piece of me is 100% her. Skye is a toned down version of me. She’s calm and collect but has fierceness to her. A lot of my characters remind me of different people that have come and gone in my life as well. It’s nice to smash them into one person. The perfect human being.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I would say Brooklyn Taylor is definitely a mentor of mine. She took me under her wing when I had questions or wanted to scream. When I first started to write she told me, “Even if it’s toilet paper, you still wrote a book and that’s something to be proud of.” I always think about that when I release a new book. I write for me. If people like it, that’s great!
I would definitely say Jane Green, Alice Claytor, Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, and any indie or self-published author. When you are self-published it’s nearly impossible to get your name out there, however your fellow authors are huge motivators. Knowing I have people like this to lean on and support my passion, has been truly inspiring.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I am reading Just GO by M. Dauphin. I don’t just read books because I know the authors or they are my friends, but they are exceptional writers. They push me to be a better writer. There are so many wonderful self-published authors out there, people would be shocked at what they are missing.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I wouldn’t say they are new but, M. Dauphin, H.Q. Frost, R.C. Stephens, Kindle Alexander, L Wilder. I could go on and on, not to mention ALL the authors in any anthology I’ve been apart of. I always sit back and reflect and cry at how blessed I am to know these authors and to have worked with them.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have several projects in the work right now.
Tough Love: The final installment in my Southern Gentleman Series, which is scheduled to release late July.
(Full RSVP book…still untitled): I had a story in Once with a character named Paolo and people went gaga over him. He deserved his own book.
Secret Anthology: I can’t reveal any of the details, but all will be revealed around October. I will say though, the lineup is beyond ridiculous (in a great way). I get giddy just thinking about how amazing it’s going to turn out.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I would definitely say Brooklyn Taylor, but also my core three ladies, M. Dauphin, Missy Neubecker and H.Q. Frost. Not to mention my amazing PA, Stephanie Bingham. All of these ladies have been a huge support system. I know they will give me their honest opinion, especially when I dog myself when I think my work is sub-par.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to write full time, however being a self-published writer doesn’t exactly make a whooping amount of money. Bills need to get paid. This dream was something I did for myself. I always have a million things running around in my head at all times. It tapped/taps into a place within that calms me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Justified: Of course. I feel it will never be perfect. Whether it’s something as simple as editing or formatting etc, no one is perfect and I do not claim to be. As far as the plot, sure, I would probably change the court scene. It didn’t flow as well as I had wanted it to.
Intertwined: ::::SPOILER ALERT::::: I might have kept Summer alive. I started to like her by the end, but then she ruined everything. Also, she needed to be hated so Skye and Wyatt’s relationship seemed authentic and justified. With Summer, I didn’t want to introduce another main character. Too many characters can be confusing and frustrating. I’ve read similar things in many books and it almost forced me to stop reading.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was always writing, whether it was in school or writing in a journal. I had things to say and not everyone wants to hear every piece of dialogue in your head. It was my way of venting. It was a great way to flush out the constant hamster wheel running in my head.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Tough Love: I won’t go into too much detail, but TL is the story of Harley and Chuck. A lot of questions will be answered with Harley’s troubled past as well as who their true characters are. What makes them tick and can they learn to love one another or not at all. I’m really excited to conclude the series with Harley. She was one of my favorite characters.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Everything. No really. Writing is a lot harder than most people think. A novel/story needs to be a healthy mixture of highs and lows, passion and excitement and a solid conclusion. If the lows are too low, people lose interest. If the highs are too high, people feel overly stimulated. It’s definitely a process.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There is no way I could pinpoint just one author. It would be too difficult.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I have not done any traveling thus far, however I have three signings set up for 2016. I will have Angels & Sirens in PA in March, Richmond Readers Rehab in April and Sexy & Sassy SASS in Norfolk in July.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did actually. I took classes in graphic design and quite liked it. It also helps me to express my creativity, while working that little perfectionist demon out of my head.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Oh gosh, getting started and wrapping it up. With my newest anthology I knew what I wanted to accomplish in the end, it’s all in how I got there that was holding me back. That and it’s not a novel so writing something fairly short was extremely difficult.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
All the time; I’m still learning. I will never be satisfied.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t be afraid to go there. Don’t stress over what others will think of you. That is there problem, not yours. You should always write for yourself first and foremost.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
At the end of the day, I am so thankful for what I have thus far. Hearing feedback, good or bad, helps me. My goal is for readers to walk away from my books happy and wanting more regardless of what I decide to write.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably something Judy Blume or Ann M. Martin?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love dirty and inappropriate jokes. It doesn’t take much to make me laugh. Crying is another ball game. Kids reuniting with soldier parents, kids crying in general, animal cruelty and oddly enough commercials. It takes 2 seconds to make me cry. It’s a running joke in my house.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Past: My grandparents (on my mother’s side).Unfortunately I was unable to meet them.
Present: This is going to sound crazy and ridiculous, but Demi Lovato. We have a lot of things in common, and I would love a chance to sit down with her and talk. Maybe Matthew McConaughy too…just because J
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Nicole Hite. She lived with no regrets.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love graphic design. I love to create book covers, teasers, etc. It’s extremely fun to me. I also dabble in painting and creating artwork (crafts).
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Girls.
Films: Pitch Perfect, Clue, Sweet Home Alabama, Hocus Pocus, Breakfast Club, Newsies. I’m all over the place.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods: Anything peanut butter. Also, at RU we had a restaurant called Chancey’s. Chancey’s made these pizza rolls called Crusties. They were AMAZING. Think cinnamon rolls, but pizza.
Color: Today, yellow. Yesterday, Cobalt Blue.
Music: Anything from DMB, Paramore, Luke Bryan all the way to Nick Jonas, and Theory of a Deadman.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I wouldn’t mind taking a stab at standup comedy or a chef.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I can be reached at www.facebook.com/authornicolehite
Justified Love – The Southern Gentleman Series 1: http://www.amazon.com/Justified-Love-Southern-Gentleman-Book-ebook/dp/B00RWGVMP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434725338&sr=8-1&keywords=Justified+Love
Intertwined Love – The Southern Gentleman Series 2: http://www.amazon.com/Intertwined-Love-Southern-Gentleman-Series-ebook/dp/B00WQFWZAU/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=10H0DEQ7YMB20FEHMJ93
Suits & Shades – Alpha Suits Anthology: http://www.amazon.com/Alpha-Suits-Shades-M-Dauphin-ebook/dp/B00TG0W6G6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434725467&sr=1-1&keywords=Suits+%26+Shades&pebp=1434725485619&perid=024RAWMY3YJVGYQV0S72
Once: A Collection of Sinfully Sexy and Twisted Tales: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Collection-Sinfully-Twisted-Tales-ebook/dp/B00YDHRWWU/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=15Q6QB0X0XXVWF17KTVK