Let it Shine: Nichole Williams

Are we almost to the end of the first month of 2021 already? Time is passing by so fast! Well, this week, I’d like you all to meet Nichole Williams. She doing a lot of great things, and her newest ebook The Petition is out now!

Here’s a little more about Nichole:

The pen has always been mightier than the sword for Nichole Williams!  Her love for all things written is evident in the things she surrounds herself with. Born in Denver, Colorado, the indie author’s talent is being recognized nationally!  A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado, she started the Nichole Nichole deals with Reality Poetry Blog. Her messages, stories and poems on her blog not only motivate and inspire but also brings a daily dose of “reality”.  Her success has been noticed by many.  She now sits at #42 on Feedspot’s Top 100 Poetry Blogs and Influencers.  

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always loved to write but it became more prevalent when I was in college and wanted to do Journalism, possibly write for a newspaper or magazine.  I changed my major and moved towards communications as I have a deep love for written communication, which I received my B.A in Communications from the University of Colorado. 

Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far. 

In the last six years, I have been wanting to put out a poetry book. I have such a huge collection of poems that I have written through the years.  It hit me, like how will people know me or who will buy my work when I attended a workshop for writers wanting to publish a book in 2018. What the speaker said stuck with me.  He stated, “one should build a platform.”  From there I started a poetry blog and building my subscribers and sharing my poetry at least twice a month.  My writing has always focused on poetry, but I have evolved in writing short stories as well. I have self-published six short stories thus far in the last two years.

What do you do outside of writing?  

Outside of writing, I’m a full-time accountant and a mentor for young girls in my community.

What genre do you write and why?

I write romance and mystery.  I love a feel-good romance where love wins! I want positive visuals to shine through in my writing.  Now for mystery, I love mind tricks that keep readers turning the page and sometimes clueless at the end where they are like what just happened?

What are you currently working on in life, or in writing?

Currently, I am thinking of starting a small business online. Don’t want to talk much about it but it is in the works, so I’m excited about that.  As for my writing, I am working on another short romance story.  Also, I’m working on a chapbook for my collection of poems that reflects on my past life and my present life.

What inspired you to write?

I feel I have a way of storytelling that many can relate to and my writing is based on reality which is what inspires me to write especially through my poetry.  When I write, I write to express myself with no judgment. I write to let my words and emotions flow on the page accordingly.

What are your top 5 favorite books?

I don’t necessarily have a top five list of books but my favorite authors to read and those who inspire me to write my stories are Toni Morrison, Eric Jerome Dickey, Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, and Nikki Giovanni. I love reading books by Louise Hay, Lisa Nichols, Tony Gaskins, Joel Osteen, and James Baldwin. These authors motivate me in so many ways.
My favorite genres are mystery, romance and Sci-Fi. I also read a lot of self-help books to keep my sanity.

What does literary success look like to you?

Literary success to me is when you have captured your readers and they understand your way of writing. Where your writing is used to exemplify literature.

What is your writing routine?

For me, I always carry a small notebook in my purse and when I get inspiration, I write wherever I am unless I’m driving of course.  Also, since I still work a 9 to 5 when I have downtime at my job, I write a lot there.  Being an indie author, you do what you got to do.

How do you incorporate feedback into your work?

Always after I write my short stories and people say things like of this character should have expressed this or did that and with that feedback, I implement it in the next character I’m working on. I take feedback and use it for the next project happily. I love constructive feedback if it will help me as a writer grow.

What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?

Since I’m new myself I would just advise you to keep pushing, if writing is your dream don’t stop!! Also re-read often and edit, edit, edit!!

Keep up with Nichole here:

Website – www.nicholenichole.com

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nicholeandreality/

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