Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Colleen Nye!
Colleen Nye started writing as a teen. Through school days, she won awards for her poetry and short stories, including a Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. As an adult, she now has short stories in Writing at the Ledges’ second and third anthologies, Seasons of Life and Voices from the Ledges, as well as various publications.
In 2012, she published the first book in The Unattainable Series: When in Maui, her first solo novel and a romantic comedy. In 2015, When in Maui moved to Blue Deco Publishing with her second novel, Immersion, a dystopian tech thriller.
January 2016, the first books in an anthology series that’s truly unique, designed by Colleen Nye, was released. The series is named The Lunch Time Anthologies. They are full length novels with a variety of authors writing pieces that are embedded into the over-arching storyline written by Colleen. The first book is Gable Heights, and it is a crime drama. The series is signed with Blue Deco Publishing as well and has received high praise for its unique outline. Watch for more of these to come!
Coming in 2016, she is expected to release several projects, including The Unattainable Series: Book Two, When in Doubt, a coming of age drama called The Long Summer, a sci-fi romance called The Pull as well as co-leading and appearing in each of the 5 book anthology release called The Debut Collective.
Colleen also writes press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs, web sites and more. Oh, and she is the proud owner of Blue Deco Publishing.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes, but I also wanted to be a fashion designer, a journalist, and an archaeologist. Seems I get to do them all with being a novelist. [That’s for sure!]
Why did you choose to write your genre? I write in several genres. I don’t know how to stick with just one. However, I have strong romantic tones in each of my books. That’s probably because with my lack of luck in the love department and lack of positive influences growing up.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? Strangest topic? That’s a tough one. Things that have happened in my life have been FAR stranger than anything I’ve written about. Hmmm… possibly the woman that ends up pregnant and doesn’t know she’s not human, and her friends aren’t either, but they’re in her life secretly to protect her since she’s royalty and being hidden? It’s a short story I had published a few years ago in an anthology. [Oh wow! That sounds interesting.]
What are you currently working on? Currently? Finishing up my coming of age drama, The Long Summer, the biography portion of a poetry collection by a biker, all 5 short stories for the 5 Debut Collective anthology books, my next Lunch Time Anthologies book and book one of a sci-fi trilogy I started last Autumn called The Pull.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Each one? That’s tough. The Long Summer, that is in the back of the book. You’ll have to read it to find out. The Pull was just a concept that popped into my head one day.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I would have to say a little piece I did called Perspective. It was a personal piece that dealt with showing my mother how, despite seeing our own sides one way, that the only way we can heal our bond is to see things from the other’s perspective and how I did for her.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I write. LOL. No, seriously, I get a concept and write and keep writing until it’s done. I only stop to take notes and walk away for a minute when I feel that what’s coming out is garbage and unworkable.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My favorite character I’ve created is… Rachael. She’s a woman with a plan and the motivation to see it through.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Vivianne through and through. The Unattainable Series (When in Maui and When in Doubt are out now) wasn’t supposed to be this big thing. There’s an entire story behind how When in Maui came about and where from. Alice’s personality is based off of my good friend, Carrie’s personality. Vivianne is based off of mine. And their interactions are how we interact with each other. It just happened to grow from its original purpose into a full novel then a series.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? No. I experience oooo shiny syndrome or take on too much disease, but not writers block. If I feel stuck at all, I either watch a movie or work on another WIP and then get back on task.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I am interested in a historical fiction and/or mythological piece. Seems my lineage is quite interesting from what I just found out while doing some genealogy. And I’d like to turn parts of it into some interesting stories.
Which authors inspire you? Cassandra Clare, Casey L Bond, Holly Black, Dean R Koontz, Greg Bear, Abigail Gibbs, Amy Bartol, Erin Hayes, etc etc etc. But more than anything, Life inspires me. [Good answer!]
What novel would you read multiple times? Every part of the Shadowhunters world – The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices series, The Bane Chronicles and now The Dark Artifacts series is starting.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Tessa. Tessa or Jem (from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series). Tessa because she’s amazing through and through. So strong and determined yet has a soft side that is governed equally by her heart AND her logic. Jem… well Jem because I would fall in love with him. So maybe not Jem.
What is your favorite quote? It’s not from that series. My favorite quote is “Through dangers untold. And hardships unnumbered. I have fought my way here to the castle; beyond the goblin city, to take back the child that you have stolen. My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great… You have no power over me!” – That last line being my favorite of favorites. [from the 1986 movie “Labyrinth”]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Otters actually. Super cute, resourceful and very smart.
What is your favorite color? I [love] so many colors. But maybe an aqua teal or royal blue?
Colleen is a part-time author, owner of Blue Deco Publishing, and a freelance entrepreneur performing a variety of tasks throughout the year.
Catch up with Colleen online at:
Blue Deco Publishing Site: www.bluedecopublishing.com
This was fun Colleen! Thank you for being a part of my Author Spotlight.
Join me next week when we feature Nicole Zoltack.