Nicola E. Sheridan
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have a double major in Archaeology and Anthropology, and a Graduate Diploma in Education, all of which required a lot of writing and research. So I’ve had a lot of practice. I love the English language and yes, I will confess it, I used to read the dictionary as a kid.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I sent my first manuscript off when I was fifteen, it was very gently rejected. At the time it was very disappointing, but I realise now, the publisher actually wrote me very good rejection letter (not a form rejection), saying that if I wrote at this level at fifteen, I would write even better with more life experience. They urged me not to be discouraged but continue writing and honing my skills – which I did.
Tell us about the first book you wrote.
When I was in my final year of high school, I wrote a fantasy series that I used to hand out to my friends chapter-by-chapter. It was called ‘Tears of a Warrior’, and was all ‘angsty’ about female suppression. I still have a copy, complete with a hand drawn map of the world… I am/was/ever-will-be a nerd.
What is your writing routine?
I don’t have a writing routine, and am terribly fidgety when writing. Sometimes I don’t know how I get anything written.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Coffee and a biscuit.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Teaching, cleaning, arguing with my offspring.
What piqued your interest in the sci-fi/paranormal genre?
Many years ago I found a book of mythological creatures at a market. My mum bought it for me and I pawed over it – even though the beasts in it scared me so much I couldn’t bear to have the book in my room at night! Then over time, I gravitated to YA fantasy novels, but always wished there was more romance. Then when I was about 21, I discovered Laurell K Hamilton’s books, and I’ve never looked back.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the sci-fi/paranormal genre:
Sci-fi isn’t just for blokes and paranormal doesn’t always mean vampires and werewolves. Mine are about sexy Genies and Warlord Magicians! There are so many more creatures in Paranormal romance that it makes for a fascinating and diverse genre, just waiting to be explored.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
My children naturally.
What’s next for you?
My next release ‘A Warlord’s Lady’, is due for release through Escape Publishing today!
Confessions of an Author:
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
My anti-aging trick involves sticky-tape.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
I find scenes between the heroine and hero the easiest to write, because they’re what I love to write! It’s the in between scenes I find more challenging.
Favourite travel experience?
Hmmm, I’ve travelled a lot, and seen a lot cool things, but my most recent favourite would be cruising on a beautiful old Junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay in Vietnam this April. It was awesome.
Favourite fictional character:
I have so many favourites, it’s impossible for me to choose… I’m a total fangirl of everything George R. R. Martin, Brienne of Tarth, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister – they’re all so awesome. I suffer chronic choice paralysis and can’t make up my mind.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
I’d like to be in a movie, even just as an extra… that would be exciting.
Milk or dark chocolate?
Dark chocolate, though I don’t really eat chocolate…
Red, white, bubbly?
I’d prefer a cider thanks!
Salty or sweet?
Beach or mountains?
Give or receive?