The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in-depth answers to questions that our staff has decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.In this interview we sit down with Nicole Thorn.
I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
My preference is anything paranormal, but as of late, I’ve been veering toward high fantasy more. I get to build the world from scratch and do whatever I want with it.
Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
I try not to think about it that way when I read a book I love. It can get toxic pretty fast.
What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
My favorites at the moment are A Monster Calls and A Darker Shade of Magic.
When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
I tend to mess around on Facebook or watch YouTube when I should be working.
What is the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood? For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
I have a playlist I put on sometimes, but mostly, I write better without distractions. I’m always in the mood to write.
When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
It’s impossible for me to read anything and not edit it in my head. It’s actually really annoying.
What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
If you could not be an author then what would you be?
A sideshow freak.
Cats, dogs, both, other?
Dragons or bust.
Most newbie authors are told to write emotional state in what they already know… so how did you break away from that newbie status of writing what you know in the beginning?
I never really wrote what I knew. I started with urban fantasy and its kind of grew from there. I started off pretty sure there were certain things I would never write about, and later found that wasn’t true at all.
Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
Edit everything to death.
Do you ever use writing as an excuse to get out of doing things with the family… especially the in-laws?
It gets me out of lots of weekend outings and events.
If you had written a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
My mom has read my sex scenes, and it doesn’t actually bother me. She never mentions it or comments. It bothers me more when my editors do because they leave comments I have to address.
In your day of writing… do you push through it all day or do you take mental breaks?
I take so many breaks that it’s almost a joke. I’m a master at Candy Crush.
What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
I have the first book of a new series coming out with BWP, as well as a couple books in an ongoing series. I plan on rereleasing a few that I’ve had out before, with new covers and edits.
Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
Music is what triggers a lot of my ideas. It honestly doesn’t take all that much. It could be a line in a show, or a picture, or any random thing, and then there’s a story idea.
Who would you compare your work to and would love to have them read and give you a review of or even better, a tweet and post about it?
I’m not a fan of comparing my work to the work of others, because I think it’s really easy for something like that to make you feel badly. I wouldn’t want my favorite authors reading my work. I think it would stress me out way too much.
While writing, has any of your own stories given you nightmares?
I don’t get a lot of book-related nightmares. Most of mine come from shows I watch too late at night.
Have you ever seen a movie that was better than the book? If so, what was it and why?
Harry Potter… I have a million problems with those books, all of which would get me stabbed by the fandom.
When writing a novel, do you have an intended audience (i.e. adult or young adult)?
I mostly do young adult. It’s my favorite to read, so I try to write books that fill the gaps I feel there are in the market. The things I would have liked to read a decade ago but didn’t have.
Do you ever base characters on people that you know? If so, do you ever kill said characters and feel bad?
Yes… I’ve killed many characters I’ve based off people, and it’s always a lot of fun.
Have you ever written a scene so scandalous that you hoped your mom doesn’t read it?
I’m not one for scandalous. I prefer painful.
As a reader, what are some ways that I can discover new independent authors and novels?
Booktube recommendations have been where I’ve gotten all my new favorites, but Indie I get from word of mouth.
I cannot live without Chapstick. What is one comfort item that you must have?
My bow and arrows I keep in my closet for emergencies.
What is your ideal writing space?
My bed, or any bed.
Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
My plans almost never go the way I want them to, and I completely blame my lack of control. I think the stories are better that way.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
I dressed up as a Doctor Who victim a few years ago, so that was fun. There was another year I had fake blood all over my face all day and I got lots of stares from strangers. Both ideal situations.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Always paranormal/urban fantasy.
What future works are you doing for BWP that you are really enjoying? (We checked with Edd… it’s safe to name them here).
Me and my writing partner are doing a Greek Mythology series with BWP and we’re just about at the end of it. I find those books are always really fun and challenging to write.
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