Thursday, November 5, 2015

My mom induced my imaginations, says Nicole Belanger- Author of One Last Wish and many more books



A writer from childhood, an author who write her heart out. The one who conceived several beautiful books, Nicole Belanger speaks about her journey through words and about her latest book One Last Wish.


Hi Nicole, Welcome to the virtual chit chat
     Q       For a change, tell me about your phantasms first, about your writings from childhood
Nicole:  My mom wrote a lot of poetry when I was little, and I enjoyed listening to the rhythmic dance of the words as she spoke them. I remember wanting to create the same tune that she played, but as a six year old I found that hard. I remember telling my stuffed animals and imaginary friends little stories that I would make up and pretend they were the greatest stories ever made. When I was in the second grade, our teacher wanted us to make up a short story about anything we wanted. Mine was called The Cat that Leaves Fish Alone, and was about our pet cat, Tiger. Our teacher provided a blank hard cover book and my mom typed up my story for me to glue into the pages. I even did the illustrations. I still have this book on my bookshelf. Holding that book in my hand at seven years old, a book I created, gave me a feeling that had never gone away. Accomplishment.
Q        What were you like at school?
Nicole: I got good grades, did my homework, and tried to blend in. I was friends with everyone, but I had a small group of friends I actually spent time with outside of school. I played basketball from the first grade to seventh grade, then in eighth grade decided to stop so I could focus more on softball, which I played from first grade to junior year of high school. High school was different. My freshman year I joined a club called Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP) which I became treasurer and secretary of my sophomore year and retained that status until I graduated. At the end of freshman year, I got my first job at McDonald’s, which I stayed with for four years until I started working at the hospital two years ago.
Q        What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Nicole: I’ve gone further than I ever expected to with my writing. When I wrote Lost Voice, I had no intention of sharing it with anyone. Now I’m three books deep and I don’t really know what I want. I guess I’m just seeing where it takes me. I love to write, and I love to share what I write with people. And if my writing changes one person’s life for the better, I’m happy.
Q        So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Nicole: I’ve written a lot of things. I’ve written poems, a few short stories, three books, etc. I tried to maintain a blog for a while last year but I just didn’t have the time for it. I would like to try to start writing it again, but for now I’ll stick with my books and micro poetry. I also wrote a children’s book a year ago for a class I was taking, but the manuscript is still sitting in a file on my laptop.

           Q       Tell me about One Last Wish
Nicole: One Last Wish is my newest book that just came out. It opens up with the main character, Brooke Ryder, finding out her six year old daughter who’s been missing for months has been found. Unfortunately, though, her daughter, Sarah, was found dead. Brooke is heartbroken, finds herself at a bar and meets a guy names Sean Crawford. Brooke and Sean become close, and together try to find Sarah’s killer. But they have to be careful, because they don’t know who they can trust, or if they can even trust each other.
Q        Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Nicole: Brooke is a very determined woman. She changes drastically from the beginning of the book to the end. At the beginning, she’s broken. She finds herself spiraling and she’s not sure which way is up. Eventually she’s able to snap herself out of it and tries to find her daughter’s killer. She refuses to give up until she finds justice for her daughter, even if that means going against an officer’s advice.
Q        What are you working on at the minute?
Nicole: I’m working through some ideas trying to decide what to write next. I would like to write another romance/mystery novel. I’ve discovered I like the romance genre. In the meantime, I’m just writing micro poetry to pass the time.
Q        How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Nicole: I’ve come a long way since my first book. When I got One Last Wish in the mail, I read the first chapter of each book. My use of description, emotion, and even the flow of words has gotten much stronger with each book and I hope it will continue to do just that.
Q        What is the hardest thing about writing?
Nicole: I think the hardest part about writing for me is discipline. I’m very easily distracted, and because I write on the computer, sometimes I’m tempted to check my email, social media, and youtube random things rather than sticking to writing. I also find I sometimes have to force myself to take just an hour to sit down and write. I try to write 2,000 words a day, even if I never use them for anything.
Q        Unlike several indie author books, yours was edited well. Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
Nicole: I used a company called BookFuel to publish One Last Wish, and the editor that was assigned to my book was named Windy. Windy did a great job helping me edit this book. It was a large team effort, where she would suggest places that needed more or less description and let me make the changes. She then edited for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
Q        Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
Nicole: My agent through BookFuel sent me a questionnaire to fill out for the cover design before they started making it. Some of the questions included what kind of mood I wanted the colors to be, what I envisioned for the book cover to look like when I was writing it, etc. From my answers, they created five different covers for me to choose from, one of which was the one I chose. Once I chose it, if I wanted anything to look different on the cover I could have them change it. Then they created the whole sleeve and I had my cover design.
Q        Who designed your book cover/s?
Nicole: The book cover was designed by someone at BookFuel.
Q        How do you market your books?
Nicole: I do my own marketing. Mostly I market through twitter and my facebook page. A lot of my friends also help to get the word out about the books, as well.
Q        Why did you choose this route?
Nicole: I chose this route because I’m a working college student. I unfortunately don’t have the money to pay for advertising. Occasionally I’ll spend $50 on a facebook advertisement for either the book or my facebook page that runs for about ten days. But other than that, I just advertise in any way that’s free until I can afford more.
Q        Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
(* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
Nicole: I do not have a trailer. Honestly, I’ve never really been able to figure out how to make one.
Q        Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Nicole: I think it does. I’m not in the industry to make money, I’m in it to share my work. People love free stuff, and they’re much more likely to pick up a copy of your book if it’s free. It’s a great way to get my name out there. If I do a giveaway, I only do a few at a time, or I’ll do an amazon kindle free book giveaway for a short period of time.
Q        What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Nicole: Just keep writing. Don’t worry about it being perfect, there’s plenty of time to edit when it’s done. If you don’t like it, that’s okay. That’s what editing is for.
Q        Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Nicole: I see it going toward the self-publication route. I don’t see people publishing traditionally anymore unless they’re already a well known public figure.
Q        Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Nicole: No, I think you covered everything!
Q        How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Nicole
Website: nicolebelangerauthor.com (not yet up, it’s in the works and will be up soon)
Blog: nlbelanger.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/authornicolebelanger
Twitter: @nbelanger6
Lnkedin:
Pinterest: @nbelanger6
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Belanger/e/B007AOQ4CM/
Smashwords:
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8120883.Nicole_Belanger
Q        Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Nicole: Thank you!