Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Heather Young-NIchols is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romances. A native of the great and often very cold state of Michigan, she is better known at home and to her friends as the Snarker-in-Chief. A job she excels at beyond anything she could have imagined. She loves many things, but especially cold coffee, hot books, and baseball. But not necessarily in that order.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I think all of the books in a series pose special problems. The first book because you really need to create something that makes people want to keep reading. This is an issue with the following books as well. But I also think that the more you get to know your characters it does become a little easier.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
My contemporary books are a series of standalones so it’s easier to stay fresh when you have new characters. With the paranormal books that revolve around the same couple, you get throw in more bad guys to keep things moving and keep them exciting.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
I’m not the best for advice on emotions. As a Gen X member, we weren’t really allowed to show emotions growing up so I’m very good at keeping mine well hidden. I’d say, rest and doing something else relieves the stress. Walking away when you need to.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
My writing block is about two and a half hours Monday through Friday. However, my writing goal is one chapter a day Monday through Friday. So if I do that in less than the tie alloted, sometimes I move on to other things, and sometimes I keep writing. It just depends.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Ugh. It’s literally like asking who my favorite child is. I love them all equally. Just in different ways. If I had to choose one, most days, I’d probably say Gemma Diamati from Love by the Rules because she’s awsome and a badass but I’m pretty sure she’s the one I put through the most. Sorry, Gemma.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
That’s hard because some of my characters are inspired by real actors or musicians. For example, Cross was inspired by Rian Dawson from All Time Low. I was at their concert, literally watching them play, when I got the idea for the Courting Chaos series. Can he act? I don’t know.
What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is having people that I don’t know who want to read my books. I know. That’s the easy answer but that’s all I ever wanted when I started this. In my eyes, I was successful the first time I sold a book that wasn’t to a friend or family member.
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