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Writing Superheroes: Nicole Zoltack - Random Bits of Fascination

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Dec 06 2015

Writing Superheroes: Nicole Zoltack

She ignores Edna Mode’s advice and wears a cape! Read on and find out more…

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If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

I started my first story in the sixth grade. I literally wrote parts of it during class. I still have those handwritten pages. The story premise was sound, but the writing left a lot to be desired! It took me ten years to finish the story! That story hasn’t been published and it might never be, but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

Nicole ZoltackAll super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.

I’m a mom and wife. Believe me, that’s more than enough for me! My family is my world. I would be lost without them!

 

Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

My college sweetheart and our four wonderful children. Their superpowers include driving me nuts but being too loveable for me to be angry with them. 😉

 

Where do you get your superpowers from?

From my heart. I tend to let everyone in and never say no and try to help as much as I can. I also tend to feel emotions deeply, which I hope makes my characters that much stronger and emotional themselves.

 

Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

My secret lair isn’t really a secret. I’m either setting up shop in my bedroom or, more likely, I’m working from our comfy couch.

 

What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?

Writing, writing, writing, and a little reading too. I’m always trying to stretch myself as a person, as a wife, as a mother, and as a writer and editor too.

 

Granted, you probably don’t get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

I would love to have a two sided cape – black on one side, red on the other. Leggings, boots, and a top – all black too. My mask would be red, and I’d leave my hair down (my hair almost reaches my elbows).

Actually, that’s a little like the costume for one of my characters in a WIP… 😀

 

What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?

Definitely time! Although two of my boys go to school now (second grade and kindergarten), I still have two children at home and one is only a month old!

 

What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

Exhaustion. The end of pregnancy is definitely a killjoy when it comes to having energy to chase after kids and being able to make time to write!

 

What important lessons have you learned along the way?

Life is what you make of it. To some extent, you can control how you feel. If you try your hardest and give it your all, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be happy.

 

What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

Emails from readers and FB messages, just connecting with readers in general. That’s all I’ve ever wanted from my writing – to connect with readers. And since I write romances, to make them happy and smile and sigh and swoon. 

 

If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

I would start writing for publication sooner, and I would invest in marketing classes. I would not change my refusal to write to trends. I’ve always tried to write stories I’d want to read with the hopes that readers will want to read them too.

 

What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.

Live for today and don’t wait until tomorrow. One day, tomorrow won’t come, and if you just save up and push off until tomorrow, you’ll end up with a lot of regrets.

 

MMM Box-Set-3D-Square-WebTell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

My new story is Joy to the World and it’s part of the Bluestocking Belles collection Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem. If you love Christmas romances and are a fan of regencies, you’ll really enjoy this anthology! And all royalties go to the Malala Fund.

 

What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?

I have a steampunk romance I’m querying agents with. I have a few other stories already written that need to be edited. And I want to self publish another book in the world of Bloodlust where six races – humans, elves, dwarves, barbarians, goliaths, and trolls – don’t always get along.

 

 

 

 

 You can find Nicole at:

Website~Amazon~Newsletter~Facebook~GoodReads ~Pinterest~

Wattpad~Twitter   

 

 You can find The Blue Stocking Belles at:

Website~Amazon~ Facebook~GoodReads ~Pinterest~ Twitter 

1 comment

  1. Don Maker

    Most of us have “day jobs”, so making time for writing is a great challenge! Good on you for it. I absolutely agree about learning formal marketing techniques.

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