Friday, May 25, 2012

Inside the Piedmont Grille

On Today's Menu -- Nicki Elson author of THREE DAVES

This is really a fun thing because we can learn so much from our friends.

1) What was the last book you read?

Last Novella: Semper Audacia by M.Pax (4 stars!)
Last Full Length Novel: South of Charm by Elliot Grace (Another 4 stars!)
Currently: The Death and Life of Superman by Roger Stern (We're at about 3 stars at the moment)

2) What genre would you like to try writing?

Horror. But not grisly horror, more like spooky horror.  I was surprised that the creepy scenes in the romance I'm currently working on were my favorite to write.

3) What is your favorite word?

Nevertheless...but you have to say it just the right way or the humor's completely lost.

4) What word is the bane of your existence to find in a manuscript, either yours or someone else's?

Audibly.  It's not a bad word in and of itself, but when used before an action that's already obviously audible, grrrrrr...

5) What is your favorite cliche?

"You'll never know until you try."

6) Which author, living or dead, do you wish you could write like?

Jane Austen.  Love how adeptly she weaves humor into the narrative and pulls readers into the characters' emotions.

7) Who is your favorite author?

Janie. :)

8) What is your favorite book from childhood?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  I was also a big time Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fanatic.

9) What was the last book/story you published?

Sway, a short story that was part of an anthology last summer and is now offered free in pdf and 99 cents on Kindle. Just sayin' 
10) What are you writing now? (As much or as little as you want.)

I've recently finished the second draft of an original novel, title yet to be determined. If I had to categorize it (which is looks like I soon will) I'd say it's a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense.  Only -ish on the suspense though, and it's paranormal only insofar as I believe could actually happen. How's that for specific?

Wow who knew Nicki wants to write spooky horror!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone!!


Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks Nicki, it's great to have you here.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Paranormal now, Nicki? Will it have an 80's vibe as well?
Nicki is one cool chick! And I know she still doesn't believe I downloaded Three Daves.

Linda G. said...

Nice interview!

I like "nevertheless" too. But Nicki's right -- it's necessary to strike the right tone.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! :)

DL Hammons said...

Oh fun! It was great finding out more about my favorite Disney Diva! I'm venturing into spooky horror as well with my latest...we need to compare notes! :)

Thanks for a great interview Anne! Have an awesome weekend!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Fun! An author who loves Jane Austen but wants to write spooky horror. Maybe the two can be combined. :)

Have a great weekend, Nicki and Anne!

Johanna Garth said...

Maybe spooky horror that takes place at Disneyworld ;) Great interview Nicki and Anne!

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh Yay! Spooky horror at Disney with a Jane Austen flair. This sounds like fun, Nicki. You'll have to at least try your hand at a flash fiction piece.

Thanks every one for stopping by. Had to take Mama to Virginia this morning. She's spending the weekend with my bro and SIL.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Nicki Elson said...

I'm such an idiot! I kept checking your other blog, and didn't even think about this one. Dur. Glad I finally made it - these comments are so fun, and now I have a whole new direction for my next story, haha.

Thanks for having me & sorry it took my brain so long to wake up today. Have a great, safe weekend!

Anne Gallagher said...

Nicki -- Not a problem. I can't wait to see what you come up with that story. Too bad Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has already been done.

Donna Hole said...

Love spooky horror. At Disney? Well, ok :)


Melissa Sugar said...

Nice interview. I overuse the word, nonetheless as well. The contemporary , paranormal romantic suspense-ish sounds awesome.

Donna Shields said...

I'm all for some spooky horror.

Nicki Elson said...

Hey Donna & Melissa - glad to hear you ladies are up for some genre mixing, although I sense Donna's not overly excited about the Disney aspect, hehe.

Let's see, Anne, has anyone done Sense & Sensibility & Sleestaks?

Lynn Proctor said...

i love the spooky horror much better too--great interview!!

Elliot Grace said...

...Nicki gave me kudos! Thanks hon, for the 4 ;)

Loved The Rats of Nimh when I was a tot.

Great interview from two of my favorite ladies!


Deniz Bevan said...

Great interview!
I love rereading Mrs Frisby.