Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I currently live in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I spent my first 18 years. I love travelling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. Of course I love to read, and I’m a published poet. I like baking pies. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games. My constant companion is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi.
This is my first book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is The Art of Going Home. I’m not sure I can name one thing that inspired it. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was fifteen. Before this book was born, I couldn’t think of a viable plot. One day I came up with the basic idea for this book, and the more I thought about it, the more it grew.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I’m a slow writer, though. I have to let the idea germinate in my imagination before I feel it’s ready to commit to paper.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite book is Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, which received a Nobel Prize. I’m fascinated with its ingenious complexity and intertwining elements. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred. Solitude is psychological as much as geographical, and time is cyclical.
Some other favorites are The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay; The Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand; The Theory of Invisibility by Aimee Pitta; The Legend of Juan Miguel by Anna K. Sargent; Bottomland by Trey Holt; the Max Starr Series by Jasmine Haynes; Brambleman by Jonathan Grant.
What are you working on now?
I’m continuing to write the second book of The Art of Living duology, titled “The Art of Retribution.” Also, I’m doing a short story called “The Art of Getting Away,” that takes place between books 1 and 2
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have my own website: http://www.nicolesorrell.com. I also use facebook and twitter a lot. And Pinterest. Author pages on Goodreads and Amazon are good promotional vehicles as well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It may sound trite, but I learned I really can do it! It’s important to use available resources and make contacts. Learn everything you can about what makes good writing, and educate yourself about the publishing process. Don’t give up, and take each hurdle as it comes. Have confidence in yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Get an education.
Its importance can never be underestimated. Also, an education is not confined to the classroom. Be a student of the world. Don’t stop learning, and don’t limit yourself to one point of view. Weighing all sides of an issue is invaluable to your growth.
What are you reading now?
The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins. I admire her writing style very much. She is able to communicate a great deal of feeling with very few words.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m starting to think about what I will write after The Art of Living series. I’ve got a basic idea for my next novel, but only a general plot. Like I said, my creative process is pretty slow.
What is your favorite book of all time?
If I HAD to choose, it would be the favorite I already mentioned: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.