One of the very first writers to reach out to me when I began my self-publishing journey was Nikki Walker. Over time, we developed a friendship, based on our mutual love of the written word, and our desire to get better at our craft. She’s said many times and in many forums how much she appreciates my support, but the truth is, she has been just as much of a support to me. Together we formed the Writer’s Review and Support Resource Group, a Facebook forum for writers to get the kind of support that we’ve provided to each other, and for readers to connect with their favorite authors.
So nothing pleases me more than being able to host my friend today to talk about her process and her amazing new work, ‘In Search of a Healing Place‘, the latest and final (?) part of the Redemptive Acts series.
So, Nikki, what was the very first thing you ever wrote, and how old were you?
I was about nine or 10. It’s been too many years to remember the title, but to this day, I have many handwritten and typed stories that I can’t bear to part with.
But it’s one thing to write and another to expose that writing to scrutiny. What motivated you to share your writing with the world?
There comes a time when you just have to see if someone, besides those who love you, can like what you write.
If you had to think of one core message, a common strand that runs through your work, what would that be?
I would want everyone to realize, no matter what you’ve done or what has happened to you, tomorrow can change things. Everyone can have a second-chance as long as you don’t give up.
You write inspirational romance novels that feature women who are at turning points in their lives, what appeals to you about that kind of heroine? What are you trying to tell your readers?
Sometimes we don’t realize how strong we are. I had one reader tell me that something in Redemptive Acts had motivated her to take back some of her power in her own life. I am greatly humbled and privileged to have encouraged someone in that way.
When you write, do you think of plot first, or characters first? Tell us about your process for “building” your stories.
The characters come first and they direct the story. Aside from that, there is really no process.
What are the best conditions for you to write in—quiet and alone, or in the middle of the action?
Quiet is the ideal atmosphere. So usually, I write best in the middle of the night.
Your Redemptive Acts series seems to have struck a chord with lots of readers. I think it has something to do with the twins Jonathan and Tyrone. Considering the plot, it was interesting enough that they are brothers. But they are also twins. Tell us what appealed to you about the twin relationship.
I wanted to explore the attraction Cherise could have for two different men that looked the same. Despite what Tyrone did to her, initially Cherise was very attracted to the charisma that Tyrone emanated. I had a few ways I wanted to take the story, but ended up writing it the way I did. I also wanted to explore family relationships. It is fascinating that siblings could grow up in the same household and yet come away with completely different values.
Tyrone in particular is a compelling character and an unlikely hero for many. In ‘In Search of a Healing Place’, he embarks on an interesting journey. Describe the challenge you faced with that character. No spoilers!
He certainly was challenging in that he is the type of person you would want to hate or be completely repelled by. However, it was important to me to show even a person like him, if they put the work in, can be redeemed.
If you weren’t writing inspirational romance, what other genre do you see yourself writing?
I would definitely still be writing romance—perhaps just a bit more spicy.
What are you working on now and when might we expect another Nikki Walker book?
I am considering writing some adolescent novels. I would like to explore a series for them.
If you don’t mind sharing, tell us about the most memorable email or other communication you ever received from a reader.
I am privileged to have received many emails from my readers who tell me they enjoy my writing. I continue to remain amazed at this and grateful.
Thank you for stopping by, Nikki Walker!
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