Author Spotlight: Nicki Charest
From the moment Nicki Charest was able to pick up a pen, her imagination allowed her to put thoughts on paper so the world could see what she was seeing. On December 31st she released her first book A Twisted Love and her fans are loving the sights! Let's take a moment to get to know her better . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
To ancient Egypt. I have to know how they created the beauty of Egypt in that time. And I need to see for myself how brown and beautiful Cleopatra was to justify my hatred for Liz Taylor playing her.
Which super power would you like to have?
Telepathy. Being able to move things with my mind would mean I would never have to physically do anything.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’d be Salted Caramel. It’s not something for everyone, but those who love it, REALLY love it!
What’s your favorite old school jam?
There is no way I could answer this. My love for music is so ingrained with who I am that there is no possible way to pick a favorite. I could listen to about 15 songs in a row and say, “Oh that’s my jam!” for EVERY-LAST-ONE OF THEM! And all of them would be from 1990 and before.
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
How to Get Away With Murder /Power/ Game Of Thrones/ Walking Dead… will NOT MISS NOT A NAN EPISODE!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
This is tough one because I’m not sure I would trade with anyone. While I would love to have a look inside of some people’s lives, I would want that look as a third party, not from 1st person. I love so much about being me, that I genuinely can’t imagine being anyone else.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?You Think You Know This B****, But You Don’t.
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’m not sure it was a realization more so than a natural part of me. I’ve always written. Be it poetry, music, stories, sports articles, it’s just always been in me. It’s always been there.
What inspires you to write?
Life. Experiences. A word. An image. I can find inspiration from almost anything if it moves me enough.
What genre do you write and why?
I write in the Erotic/Thriller genre. Love, sex, suspense - it all goes hand in hand. Besides, fictional stories allow our mind to wander and to be free from the drama of real life. I want my readers to go to a place they’ve never been or maybe they have been and just want a moment to return. Everyone loves sex and a good thrill.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I write when I feel inspired, but once I have committed to writing, I do try my hardest to meet my deadline. I don’t always meet my daily goals, but the end goal is usually on time.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Cliffhangers. I have a habit of leaving the reader wanting to know more. They love and hate me for it.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
The first chapter. You have to hook your reader from the jump and sometimes just making the first chapter of the book interesting enough to make the reader want to go on to chapter 2 is tough for me initially. You have the idea and the story in your head and it’s perfect and it makes so much sense. But the moment you put your pen to paper, it’s like everything I saw in my head doesn’t seem good enough, interesting enough, long enough, or whatever. Once I get passed the first chapter (as I am good for re-writing my chapter 1 like 15 times lol) I’m good.
How do you select the names of your characters?RANDOM! In the novel I’m currently writing, the lead character is Derrick Goodwin. I was watching FOX’s Star and loved the way the accent of one of the actors, Ryan Destiny, said her boyfriend’s name which was Derrick. I then saw a goodwill receipt on my desk from a previous donation I had made, and changed it from Goodwill to Goodwin. Hence the name Derrick Goodwin. So as I said, RANDOM!!!
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What kind of emotional sappy . . . I absolutely do NOT have spirit animal. LOL!
How did it feel when you published your first book?
Surreal is an understatement. I absolutely could not believe that there was something out in the world with my name on it and with my words in it. I don’t think there will ever be a moment that will match what that meant to me.
Can you tell us about your current projects?
Yes! I am working on my second novel, Promises To Keep and lightweight devising A Twisted Love 2. Promises To Keep will have a male lead and deals with a little bit of everything from family trauma to sexual harassment (which coincidentally falls in line with the #TimesUp movement). This character, Derrick Goodwin, faces some complications in his love life, in his career, and in his family and he has to make some decisions. Will those decisions cause him to break some oaths and promises he’s made? Maybe. We’ll see. There will be love, there will be sex (lots of it), and there will be some thrills along the way. Just be ready come early summer for the ride.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Yes I do. I was a huge fan of E Lynn Harris (RIP), I still love Eric Jerome Dickey, I was inspired by Zane and Sister Souljah, and I have found new authors I really enjoy, especially my DLP family authors such as Michelle Warren, Jennifer Robinson, Serendipity, and Sheila Sewell.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?Don’t wait. There will never be a perfect time to write your story or share your story. I would have had well over 20-30 books by now had I just followed my heart and wrote when I felt it versus saying “not now”. I won’t wait again.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Remove aspiring. If you are writer and you want to write, do it. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that your story can’t be told, nonfiction or fiction. And find a damn good editor when you do!
What does literary success look like to you?
Knowing that those who read my stories appreciated it, loved it, and that I told the best story I could my way and it was accepted. The money will (or won’t) come. But money doesn’t define success, the legacy you leave behind does.
Thank you, Nicki, for allowing us to get to know you better! We look forward to your second book which is due out in June.
To find out more about Nicki, please visit her website at www.authornickicharest.com.