PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME AUTHOR NICKI GREENWOOD!
Kari: Your first book in your Elemental Series is out and sounds amazing. Can you tell us a bit about EARTH?
Nicki: EARTH is the story of Kincade Murphy, a struggling Montana rancher who’s losing his paranormal gift. He hires botanist Allison Hamilton to help him save his ranch, but of course he can’t tell her his paranormal ability (or lack thereof) is the reason for his troubles. The mystery—and the steamy attraction between them—escalates to boiling point, until Allison discovers a plot to force Kincade off his land. Now, in spite of his need to maintain his distance, Kincade finds himself risking everything to protect her. EARTH is the first in a planned series of four, and I’m thrilled with its enthusiastic reception.
Kari: How do you juggle writing, motherhood, work, etc. What’s your writing schedule like?
Nicki: There are holes in every schedule, and if you have the right equipment, you can get a story done anywhere. One of my best moves was the purchase of a netbook. I bring it everywhere with me, and I can get a surprising amount of work done in a squeezed-in half-hour. So while my writing schedule can be erratic, I am able to do it regularly. I’m currently two-thirds done with Book Two in the Elemental Series, and most of that has been blocks of time carved out between other demands.
Kari: What’s on the horizon for you? Any new series planned? Any new genres you want to attempt?
Nicki: As I’ve mentioned, I am continuing the Elemental Series. Next up is WATER, which is shaping up to be a terrific summer beach book. I also have plans to continue the Gifted Series, an in-progress series of books with a great paranormal, action-adventure flavor. In addition to that, I have been plotting a young adult fantasy series. Fantasy was my first love as a reader, and revisiting that genre will be really exciting for me.
Kari: Any tips for aspiring writers?
Nicki: Be brave. You’ll never get published if you don’t take that deep breath and submit your book. Be willing to learn from honest critiques and experienced writers. Learn the rules from the masters, and then learn how to break them! Lastly, be courteous. Your reputation precedes you in the publishing world, among professionals and readers alike.
Kari: Who are your favorite authors?
Nicki: Walter Farley, the author of the Black Stallion series, has remained a favorite since childhood. In the romance genre, I enjoy Diana Gabaldon, Susan Krinard, Susan Wiggs, and most recently, Julia Quinn. Diana Gabaldon’s detail is stunning, and Julia Quinn is incredibly gifted at layering humor into her Regency romances. She pulls belly laughs out of me when I least expect it!
Thank you so much for inviting me to blog here at Mysteries and Margaritas!
About Nicki: Nicki Greenwood graduated SUNY Morrisville with a degree in Natural Resources. She found her passion in writing stories of romantic adventure, and combines that with her love of the environment. Her works have won several awards, including the Rebecca Eddy Memorial Contest. Her first book, EARTH, is on sale now through The Wild Rose Press. Nicki lives in upstate New York with her husband, son, and assorted pets. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the arts, gardening, interior decorating, and trips to the local Renaissance Faire. For more information on her books or upcoming events, visit Nicki’s website at http://www.nickigreenwood.com/.