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writers on wednesday banner 2Today, I’m joined by my Swoon Romance pub sister Heather Young-Nichols. She’s here to talk about her debut, UP FOR GRABS, and lots more. I hope you enjoy getting to know her!

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was little and would come up with short stories to give my mom as a gift. A lot of the time the story would focus on whatever the occasion I was creating it for. I continued to write through my teenage years and beyond. However, college then life got in the way and I went on hiatus.

In 2008, I realized that I was doing everything I could for everyone else but basically nothing for myself and I had that familiar nagging of characters in my head. So, in 2009 I decided that this was something I wanted to be serious about. It was for me. Something I loved to do.

Luckily my best friend was in almost the exact same place. We wrote and wrote until our fingers practically bled. Then we shared it with each other and produced a couple of pretty awesome stories. A story I hope to do something with some day.

Are you a pantser or a planner?

I’m a little bit of both. I usually get the idea of the character or characters first. It’s like they come up to me and say “Hello. My name is…” and then I have a basic idea of where the story is going to go. But how I’m going to get there is a complete mystery and I really do fly by the seat of my pants 🙂

Can you give us an idea of your writing process?

Like I said, the character usually comes to me first. Or for example, I was on Pintrest doing a ‘dream cast’ for Up for Grabs and came across a picture of a girl that totally using for a character in an upcoming story and I gave her a name or rather she ‘told’ me her name. 🙂

Then, after I have a basic idea of the plot, I sit down and write. And write and write and write and write. Then I put it away for a while, pull it back out to do an edit. After that it’s off to my first beta reader, also known as the BFF/hetero life mate/and many other things.

Another round of edits later and I have to figure out what I’m going to do with it.

Which authors have influenced your work?

Every single author I’ve ever read whether I loved the book or hated it. The experience I had during the book is the biggest thing but if I loved it, it gives me ideas of who I want to be as a writer. If I hated the book (which doesn’t happen very often) I know what kind of things I want to avoid.

If we’re naming names…my absolute top shelf authors that I hope to be in the same realm with when I grow up are Katie McGarry, Nyrae Dawn, Wendy Higgins and lots that aren’t coming right to mind this second.

What are you plans/future projects/new releases that we should be aware of?

My very first book Up for Grabs just released in May which exiting and nerve wracking and everything in between.

For the near future, Up for Grabs 2 (no decided title yet) is coming down the pipeline, which is great considering several reviewers have said they want to read about the couple that is featured in this one:)

In the further future, since i never stop writing, I have an NA Historical Paranormal that I hope sees the light of day as well as a few YA projects that I’m just in love with.

Any tips for new writers?

I feel like everyone kind of says the same thing but if everyone’s saying it, it must be true.

Write. And write. And write. And write. Even if you don’t feel like it, put your butt in the chair and write. I heard that from someone else and seriously took it to heard. Still do.

No doesn’t mean give up. Everyone really needs to take that to heart because there is a lot of no in the writing world whether you’re looking to publish or not.

Also, don’t worry about what anyone thinks when you say “I’m a writer”. Because if you’re writing you’re a writer, published or not. You’ll get the eye rolls or as someone said to me “my nephew wants to be a writer but I told him to get a real job if he wants to support a family.” And lastly, don’t punch the person who says that sort of thing in the face 😉

Any tips for old writers?

Don’t discount the new writers. Get back to their being a writing community where old/young, traditional/indie, published/not published just doesn’t matter. It’s the words that matter.

 

Connect with Heather:

www.heatheryoungnichols.com

Twitter: @heatheryn76
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherYoungNicholsAuthor

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