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 d. Nichole King!
d. Nichole King was born with a book in her hand. During her school years, she’d hide books inside textbooks, read during recess, changing classes, and while walking home from school. She wrote her first book at the age of 11, and the re-worked version of that book is her debut novel, LOVE ALWAYS, KATE.
Her YA urban fantasy series, THE SPIRIT TRILOGY, along with her NA contemporary series, LOVE ALWAYS, were acquired by Limitless Publishing and includes a total of six books. BREAKING THROUGH, an NA science-fiction romance, is her first self-published novel. d. Nichole King currently resides in a small town in Iowa with her supportive husband, four amazing kids, a dog, a cat, a fish, and a turtle.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? No. I went to school for pre-med. [Oh, wow!]
Why did you choose to write your genre? It’s the genre I read the most. I have ideas to expand a bit, but there will always be romance.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Well, I’m currently researching pet pigs… [Okay….]
What are you currently working on? I’m working on The Evolution of Us, which is the stand-alone duet to The Story of Us. [Yay!]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? For my WIP, the first book was a huge motivation. Outside of that, just snippets of life and asking questions of my characters.
What was the hardest story for you to write? There’s another WIP I’m working on now that will for sure be the most difficult: Finding Elysium.
What process do you use to plan your novels? Not sure if this is a plan, but I cannot even begin a story without first knowing the title and the main character’s names. After that, I need to know the main plot points. Then I just let the characters speak for themselves. [Sounds like a plan to me.]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Easy. Kate Browdy from Love Always, Kate. She’s been with me the longest, and she embodies this kind of quiet strength and courage.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Not specifically, but I put a piece of myself in every character I write.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes and no. I think the biggest thing is to just write through it. Changes can always be made during edits and revisions.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Psychological thrillers. Because I find them fascinating.
Which authors inspire you? My biggest author inspiration is my favorite childhood author, Lurlene McDaniel. She’s the one who inspired to me to attempt my first book, go into pre-med, and ultimately become a writer.
What novel would you read multiple times? I do re-read novels. I’ve read the Harry Potter series a handful of times, Hunger Games twice, The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks three times, several Lurlene McDaniel books multiple times, and I’d love to re-read “It” by Stephen King before the movie re-boot comes out.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Oh, man. This is a tough one. I would love to pick J.J. Abrams’ brain. [Good one!]
What is your favorite quote? You’re killing me! LOL! I have so many of these, but I remember this one from one of Lurlene McDaniel’s books: “You can’t choose what life throws at you, but you can choose how you respond.” [Perfect!]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? PENGUINS! OMG, I adore penguins!
What is your favorite color? Navy blue
When you’re not writing… I’m actually a stay-at-home mom of four little kiddos.
Today we have an excerpt from d. Nichole’s latest:
I’m in the front seat of the police car. My purse is on my lap. I didn’t bring anything else. I didn’t even change my clothes.
We’ve been driving for ten minutes, I think. I’m not sure. I’ve asked the officer questions, and he answered what he could. But I’m stuck on “St. Luke’s Hospital” and “found non-responsive.”
A sob swells in my chest, but I hold it in. Somehow, I’m not falling apart on the outside, although my insides are so big they might explode. I rub my arms for warmth. I hadn’t realized I was cold.
The officer is quiet now. It’s probably better this way. I was unresponsive to what he said, nodding my head to the words I didn’t hear clearly. I think he explained the accident, but I’ve already forgotten the details. I can only focus on one thing at a time.
The highways are empty except for the occasional semi that passes. I try to concentrate on the road and the scenery. The broken white line dividing the lanes. The green signs stating the up-coming turn-offs. Streetlights illuminating the way. Anything but the burn in my eyes and the emptiness in my chest.
I don’t know what that means. Could he not speak? Was he breathing? Was he moving? Was his heart beating?
I must’ve finally let out the sob, because the officer turns to me.
“It’ll be all right,” he reassures me, touching my arm. But how does he know? No one knows that; we only hope. And right now, hope isn’t good enough. I have to see Maverick for myself.
The officer doesn’t understand. Mav’s been my rock. He rescued me from myself. Mav, my Mav, he owns me.
My heart grows heavier, pressing against my ribs.
“Can you pull over, please?”
“Of course,” the officer answers.
The car slows down and moves to the side of the road. I’m unbuckled before we’ve stopped completely. A moment later, I throw open the door and vomit.
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Thank you for stopping by, my friend! It’s been great getting to know you better. I’ll be picking up copies of the Story of Us and the Evolution of Us at Penned Con!
Next week, Suzie T. Roos will stop by!