On Creativity with Erin Nicholas
Author Interview and Giveaway
ON CREATIVITY with Erin Nicholas
A big thank you to Erin for her willingness to kick off my new series on the creative process. As someone who spends a great deal of time living in imaginary worlds (of my own and others’), I’m intensely curious about how creative minds behave, evolve and thrive. For these interviews, the victim, er, subject, had a long list of thirty questions to choose from regarding his or her process. I hope you find the answers as inspiring as I do.
Me: What drives you to tell stories?
Erin: I’ve been a story teller as long as I can remember. My parents tell stories of me making up elaborate pretend games for my friends and sister and I was writing stories long hand in notebooks from the time I could write. My dad tells about me being on family vacation road trips and missing all of the scenery because my head was bent over a notebook.
I can’t imagine not telling stories. It’s a part of who I am and when I feel the most me.
Me: What’s the part of your process that you savor?
Erin: I love when I find myself thinking about my characters and their story as if they are real and I’m waiting to hear the latest from their love story. Many of my heroines end up feeling like “friends” that I want to call and ask “How’s it going with that guy?” 🙂 That’s when I know I’m on the right track with the story!
Me: What’s your favorite way to consume stories? (books – audio or print? podcasts? movies? TV?) Is that different from how you end up consuming most of the time?
Erin: All of the above! 🙂 I read a lot and love audiobooks. I’m also a TV and movie junkie. I use podcasts mostly for “real life”… business and news…but I tell people that I love to hear/ read other people’s stories after spending my days telling my own.
Me: Do you read books in the genre in which you write? if so, is there a part of your process when you avoid doing so?
Erin: I absolutely do! And I never have to avoid it. I’m very good at switching between being a writer and a reader. I read to be entertained and have no trouble not over-thinking or analyzing or editing! 🙂
Me: What’s your earliest or favorite reading memory? Was it someone reading to you or you reading by yourself?
Erin: My dad reading to me. Every night we read a chapter from a children’s “classic”—Alice inWonderland, The Wind In the Willows, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and so many others. I so wish Harry Potter had been around! I know we would have gone through all seven of those!
From the review of Just Right at Novel Momma: “The narration for this book was great. Karen White did an excellent job! I won’t hesitate to grab her narrations in the future. The Whispersync feature and price if you own the ebook are definitely selling points as well.”
From the review of Just Right at Books of My Heart: “I always enjoy Karen White. Nobody does the emotions of a character debating with themself internally so well. She really does unique voices for each character, even those with just a minute or two in the story. The male voices are very comfortable; they sound right. I listened at 1.5x speed which is something new lately for me, but it worked well.”
From the review of Just Like That at Books of My Heart: “Karen White really handled Dannika’s voice so well. Dannika is strong and confidant, a whole different ball game from the internal debates in the previous book. I loved how definite she sounded, even when she is figuring things out in her mind. I enjoyed her voice for Sam also. The different voices for each character, were well performed. I listened at 1.5x speed which is something new lately for me, but it worked well.”
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