I am one of “those readers” that is able to completely lose myself in a book. To complement that ability, I enjoy egregious amounts of detail. With readers, I find want for details in books is split about 50/50; some people thrive on overly detailed books, while others skim through to cut straight to the plot.
Over the past year, I have become absolutely infatuated with an author. During my year with cancer, it was indubitably her world-building that helped me keep my sanity. It was true happenstance that I stumbled upon Kristy Nicolle- and I actually started with her second serious (The Ashen Touch trilogy) instead of her first series (The Tidal Kiss trilogy). After reading “The Opal Blade” I was hooked. The best way I can describe The Ashen Touch series is the Disney movie Hercules, but it’s for adults. And The Tidal Kiss trilogy? The Little Mermaid … but for adults. Where are my 80s born kids? Do you remember Rugrats? Don’t you remember wishing that one day we would get an episode where they were grown up? Yes, I know they made a new show about that (and it was a bit of a disappointment). Watching Disney movies as a kid, and then inevitably growing up, I always wished that one day those wonderful child-oriented Disney movies would be remade for adults.
Over the course of four years, Kristy Nicolle has published 10 books. That’s one million (plus) words published, two separate yet connected trilogies, three novellas, and one dystopian novel. And shes’ not done yet. By far she is attempting the most inter-connected series I know of spanning over 70 novels …unless she decides to add more. She has created what she calls the Infiniverse; a world that adequately provides the escapism I desperately crave, and apparently cannot got enough of.
The end of 2018 brought the end of the second trilogy, and with that warranted a quick interview.
Q: As an indie author, what is your definition of literary success?
A: I think a lot of authors would say fame and fortune to this question, but I think for me it comes down to the reader’s personal experience. I want to sell a lot of books of course, but more importantly is that the readers who do pick up my stuff find it unique and memorable. If it helps them escape their everyday life, their problems, and worries, I’d say that’s success. I mean, I really want a yacht too, but we can’t have everything, can we?
Q: What are some of the obstacles you experience being an indie author? What obstacles are you STILL struggling with?
A: Comparison is the thief of joy they say. And they’re right. I think for someone like me it’s easy to get discouraged seeing some other indie authors putting out like 20 books a year, but I’m often reminded by my readers that my books are a lot longer and in a genre that requires a crap ton of world building and prior planning. You really have to create your own tribe as an author and keep your head in that little bubble, instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. I think as well, my health and work-life balance is a constant struggle for me. I have a lot of things I want to do, and barely the energy to begin most of them. I’d also love a little bit more self-confidence if anyone’s got any spare?
Q: What are the most rewarding aspects of having your book published?
A: Hearing how other people interpret your worlds, and how differently people react and receive different ideas. I love the fact that my books have been a refuge for people dealing with personal struggles, I think that’s the most rewarding part of this job by far.
Q: If you would write under a pen name, what would it be?
A: Master Bates.
No. I’m not sorry.
Q: Do you find yourself predicting plots in other books because you’re an author?
A: Yes. I’m a shit for it. I am that person who guessed that Bruce Willis was dead five minutes into The Sixth Sense.
Q: What do you think is the most underwritten plot?
A: The social implications of technology. That’s why I believe Something Blue is so well read and received. It’s one of those concepts where science and psychology/sociology meet head on and the results are fascinating. I definitely want to write more books for this niche, and plan on doing so after Queens of Fantasy concludes.
Q: Who are your literary aspirations?
A: Sarah. J. Maas.
The list goes on and on….
There are SO many more questions I could ask, however, Kristy held a LIVE Q&A for the release of “The Obsidian Shard” and that can be found here.
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