Thank you so much NICOLE ♥
♥ What Comes Of Eating Doughnuts With A Boy Who Plays Guitar by Nicole Campbell ♥
Hye Nicole! Thank you for aggreing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Thanks so much for wanting to interview me! I am a mom to a beautiful little three-year-old and a wife to a technical genius :). I have been teaching for the past ten years and currently teach 8th grade English. I am sort of the biggest Harry Potter fan ever and my greatest wish is that I could do magic. I also happen to love all things made of sugar.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
I read a lot of YA fiction, I always have. I go through phases where I read a lot of fantasy or dystopian or contemporary. Right now I am reading The Outsiders by SE Hinton for the 12th time because I'm teaching it in class, but it might be one of my favorite books of all time. Other than JK Rowling, I love Jennifer Armentrout, Rainbow Rowell, and John Green. I really love John Green, like I want to hang out with him and talk about history and books and the universe.
Which writers inspire you?
When I read Looking for Alaska, I had kind of an "a-ha" moment that I could write my book in the way that I wanted and I didn't have to water it down to make it YA. I like his honesty in dealing with the world in which teenagers live.
So, what have you written?
I have written two contemporary mature YA novels- What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar, and its sequel How One Attempts to Chase Gravity. Apparently I have a thing for long titles. I am currently working on the final book in the Gem City series, which will be titled When the Time Comes to Light a Fire. I think... I have been known to change my mind mid-way through a project.
Where can we buy or see them?
Both books are available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. The paperbacks are also available through barnesandnoble.com. There are three chapter previews for each book on my website as well!
What genre are your books?
My books are Mature Young Adult Contemporary. I envision my readers to be 16 or older... sort of in that space where they are getting ready to go out on their own.
What draws you to this genre?
Doughnuts had been in my mind for years. I like that Contemporary YA is really about writing great characters and hoping people connect with those characters. I don't think I'm great at writing suspense or big plot twists, but I want to make a character feel like your friend.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time. I wish full-time!! I teach English full-time, and write whenever I have a spare moment.
Do you have special time to write or how is your day structured?
Typically, I put my son to bed and write until my brain hurts. When I started working on my first book, I stopped watching all tv or doing really anything in the evenings other than writing (and occasionally laundry or eating cookies).
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I usually do a really basic one-page outline before writing, and some longer character descriptions. I need to know everything the character thinks or does or feels before I can write their story. Courtney was an easy character for me because her personality is similar to mine. Right now, I'm writing from Vanessa's point of view, and she is so very different from me, so I did a lot of character work in the beginning to try and get inside her head. My outlines usually disappear somewhere in the middle of the book and the story takes on a life of its own. The ending to both Doughnuts and Gravity are completely different than I had originally planned.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Marketing and reviews. I know those are not technically writing :). I love writing, even the frustrating parts. It makes me feel like I'm creating something, and I can't get enough of it. The parts that come after the writing is over are scary. Terrifying even. I am an introvert by nature, and giving my work to others for criticism makes my head spin sometimes. I've gotten better about letting go of bad reviews, but there's still that moment of panic. I'm also terrible at marketing. I have a hard time promoting myself or my work without feeling like a phony. Again, I'm getting better... I think, but it's not a natural thing for me.
How are you publishing your books and why?
I have self-published my books so far. Mostly because I didn't have the patience to think about finding an agent and trying to go through that process. Self-publishing seemed like something I could handle while still working full-time and I could get my work out there quickly and see the response. I had no idea if I'd be any good when I started writing, so it seemed overwhelming to go the traditional route. I may try a hybrid of self-publishing for my next series, but that's still a ways away.
Do you have any other advice to other authors on how to market their books?
I wish! I feel like I'm terrible at marketing. Instagram has sort of been a great resource, and I've gotten more book requests through IG than Goodreads even. I emailed about ten bloggers a day trying to get reviews, and some of those panned out, though most well known bloggers have waiting lists a mile long. I think it's just a slow process... building a platform, trying to gain readers who really like your work and are willing to recommend it to others.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I have a blog/website where I post news, giveaways, etc at nicolecampbellbooks.com. I can also be found on Instagram @author_doughnuts, and Facebook @NicoleCampbellBooks. I'm going to have a fun giveaway coming up in a few weeks that I'm getting excited about, so definitely stay tuned for that!
Thank you so much for this Umairah! I loved these questions. If you need anything else, just let me know, I so appreciate it.