Today we have an interview with popular paranormal romance author, Nicole Zoltack. Some of Nicole's work include the following:
In this interview, Nicole discusses what drew her to writing, her thoughts on writing, what she has in the works, and much more!
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Tell us about yourself.
I’m a romance writer—mostly of paranormal, with a few fantasies and time travels thrown in for good measure. Why romance? Well, I did marry my first kiss so I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. And I love writing paranormals because I write to escape the real world. I want the impossibilities of magic and the thrill of vampires. Soon, I’ll tackle werewolves and shifters too.
Can you tells us a couple of random fun facts about you that we wouldn’t otherwise know?
Let’s see… I have a sword collection. Most are movie replicas. I also have an axe and a mace, too. And I love to go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb.
What advice would you give a novice writer to get them off on the right track when publishing romance?
It’s important to read in your genre and outside of it, too. See what you like, what you don’t like. Pay attention to the characters and how they interact. Read for fun, but also read to learn.
Are you a goals oriented kind of author? If so, what kind of goals have you set for yourself for the next year? The next five?
Yes, I’m a goals-oriented author. Right now, my goal is to keep writing, but in the future, I want to be able to start making significant money from my writing, and eventually, I would be thrilled to hit a list.
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula, or character maps?
I’m more of a pantser than a plotter, although lately I will say that I’ve been plotting a little bit more, but some of that is because I’m working on book five in a six book series – Magic Incarnate, which is about a devout girl who learns that she is magic.
Tell us a bit about your writing day. How much time do you spend researching, writing and promoting? What has to happen for you to feel you’ve had a successful writing day?
I absolutely love writing. Creating new storylines, getting to know the characters, sitting and writing that first draft is my first love.
Research is a wonderful wormhole for me! I love learning new tidbits about mythological creatures and looking at pictures for inspiration. It can be a time suck, though! As for promoting, that is one area that I’ve started to work on more, and I need to continue with it!
A successful writing day is when I make progress either with my outline or actually writing or editing.
What, in your opinion, is going to go out of favor in the romance reader world over the next year? What do you think will be the next “big thing”?
Honestly, I think that romance readers will always be able to find what they’re looking for, whether it’s paranormal or historical or contemporary. I think that maybe historicals might be on the rise, but who knows? (And if you do like historicals, I do have a few time travels and Regencies out… 😉 )
And now for the silly… given the choice, which of your characters would you become, and why?
Crystal from my Magic Incarnate series. She is magic, so she can do whatever she wants with magic. She can fly, form fire balls, create lightning, heal people… It would be incredible!
What’s coming down the pike for Nicole Zoltack? When can we expect to see it released to the world?
Book 4 in the Magic Incarnate series, A Journey of Despair, comes out on September 20th. Book 5, A Measure of Gloom, is available for pre-order. Then there’s just one more book to finish it off!
After that, my next series is going to be urban fantasy, and I’m so stoked to write it!
Can you share an excerpt of your upcoming book, or recently released one?
This is From A Question of Faith (Magic Incarnate Book 1), Book 1 in the Magic Incarnate series:
Vince pulls me close. He appears to have finally gotten a grip on his emotions, but he breaks down again when they finally pull his mom out of the half-wrecked car.
All I can do is pat his back and try to comfort him.
With all my heart, I pray God will save and heal Mrs. Fuller.
With all my desire and mind, I will Mrs. Fuller to be okay.
I almost wish I am magic, if only so I can make sure she lives and so Vince won’t forever turn his back on God.
Many thanks to Nicole for taking the time for this interview! You can learn more about Nicole and her work at the following:
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