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 Nicole Zoltack!
I love to write romances – fantasy, paranormal, time travels, and Regency; for adults and YA. I don’t want to get boxed in by genre — I might be claustrophobic! I’m also a freelance editor and an editor at MuseItUp Publishing. Additionally, I am also a ghostwriter. When I’m not writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, or zombies, I love spending time with my loving and growing family. I enjoy riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes! I was always making up stories in my mind, even before I could write. My mom used to sit my sister and I down with paper and pencils and told us to write. Needless to say, we both wanted to be writers when we grew up!
Why did you choose to write your genre? I write all kinds of romances from fantasy and paranormal to time travels and regencies. I think [I include] everyone—whether they’re superheroes, witches, vampires, knights, maids, or dukes.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Um… maybe adding a zombie element to the Little Mermaid in my novella Starving for Love.
What are you currently working on? I’m working on my Magic Incarnate series. The premise is about a devout teenage girl who learns she is magical and the ramifications of that. It’s been a lot of fun to write. Books 1-3 (A Question of Faith, A Matter of Doubt, and A Balance of Power) are published already and book 4 (A Journey of Despair) is available for pre-order.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I’ve always thought that science and faith don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and the idea behind the series is that magic and faith don’t have to be either. [Interesting.]
What was the hardest story for you to write? It’s actually a story I haven’t finished writing yet. It’s a dystopian novel in which the women are so oppressed that it depresses me to think about that world. I had to step away from it. I will go back and finish it one day. [I’m interested already!]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I typically just sit down and start writing, although I have started to write very bare boned outlines lately. I just don’t like to feel boxed in. I need space to let the story develop.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That I wrote? Aislinn in Woman of Honor. She’s strong and fierce and won’t let anything stop her from achieving her goal (which is to become a female knight).
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Yes. Most characters have a little bit of me in them. Except for the villains.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Not exactly. I’m always working on more than one project at a time, so if I’m stuck on one, I work on the other.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Science fiction since it’s one of the few offshoots of speculative fiction that I haven’t tried yet.
Which authors inspire you? JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, and George RR Martin. (It’s a wonder that I don’t write stories under a name with initials!)
What novel would you read multiple times? I have read many several times including Les Miserables, Outlander, and Anne of Green Gables.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Jesus. I’m Catholic.
What is your favorite quote? “Happiness wishes everyone happy.” ~Victor Hugo
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Pegasus! Or a dragon!
What is your favorite color? Red!
What do you do when you’re not writing? I wear a lot of hats: writer, editor, ghostwriter, wife, and mother.
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Thank you, Nicole! It was a pleasure getting to know you better. Join me next week when I’ll have Alica McKenna-Johnson.