Today I am happy to introduce you to artist and writer Julie Nicholls author of fan fiction and “Demon Within” a new paranormal romance story.
I had a little look around on the net to find out more about Julie and ended up on one of her blogs with her artwork and blimey I am impressed. Not that I am a Jason Momoa fan ( 😉 ), but her drawings are brilliant.
But find out more about Julie in her own words:
“How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I’m always searching for new things to learn and enjoy a challenge. While my education was limited, and quite some years ago, I won’t let it hinder my pursuits. Tenacious, possibly to the point of stubborn, I don’t like to admit defeat until I’ve exhausted myself. Laughing and having fun is high on my list of priorities, I try to be positive and even when there doesn’t appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel, I still smile.
What made you write in the first place?
Anyone that knows me personally is aware that for five years I’ve admired a certain celebrity to the point of obsession. It’s because of this ‘obsession’ I began writing Fan fiction. All of my stories appertain to the characters portrayed by this celebrity and are very popular. After gaining a reputation for these works, I attempted to write an original story, which didn’t reach completion. But, because I don’t give up, I had another try, again without success, until the third attempt. This is now the ebook that I am currently promoting and am proud of.
Which Author has influenced you and why?
Truthfully, there isn’t one author that has influenced me. I have to confess; I don’t read a great deal. However, there are a number of authors who engaged my attention, and when I read their work, I couldn’t stop. Sylvia Day, Cherise Sinclair, Karen Marie Moning, Shayla Black, are a few. Their writing captured my attention from the start, which for me, is necessary. I need engaging from the start of a book, all the way through to the end.
Your writing ritual (if you have one)?
When I wrote Demon Within, I found the best time for me to write was 1pm until 3pm and then again later about 11pm until I needed to sleep. The most frustrating issue was that I couldn’t switch off my mind. So when I retired to bed, my mind played the next chapters, or things that I could add, and I would be too excited to sleep. It was necessary for me to get the story down as soon as possible, and then work on the details later.
Do you suffer from writer’s block and if, what do you do against it?
There have been a few times when I would sit and stare at the screen, so yes, I think that would be considered writer’s block. To fix this, I found a game hosted on a popular social media site, which required concentration. I found after playing this for a few hours; the time flew and would distract my mind from writing. When I returned to writing, I was refreshed and able to continue. When I was younger, I practiced meditation daily. The objective is to focus the mind on one thing only. And I believe, playing this game, had the same effect. Therefore, in my mind, it was like meditation.
Your advice for apprentice writers?
Don’t give up, don’t let anyone tell you ‘you can’t do it’, and believe in yourself. If there is a particular area of writing you have trouble with, work on it, don’t run from it. Personally, I used to struggle with dialogue, and maybe some might say I still do. Instead of avoiding it, I kept on trying to improve. I hope that people will think I have. Have as many people as possible proofread your work, if you are unable to afford a professional.”
Thanks so much Julie for being on “The Bee Writes…” and letting us know about your writing experience.