Sunday, May 3, 2009
Conversations w/ T. Nicole Robinson
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I can remember when I was about 7 pr 8 years old and I had an assignment in school. The assignment was to write a poem. Now most of the children in the class wrote the typical "Roses are red, Violets are blue", but not I. I decided to write a poem about something completely different involving intense feeling about my 7 or 8 year old life. Ever since that day I have been writing.
2. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I have written several short stories in my younger years, but never did anything with them. I took all the poetry I had written over the years and put them together for my first book. That was released in December 2007.
3. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on what the book is about. Some situations and characters come easy because they are loosely based on people I have encountered in my life. Other books may take longer if I am basis the characters off of one or nothing. It typically takes me about 6 months to come to a final draft of a book.
4. Do you have any suggestions to help others become a writer? If so, what are they?
The one suggestions I have for others trying to become authors is to stick to your guns. Listen to your inner voice and strive to achieve what you have set out to accomplish. Also, attend as many literary events as you possible can - they are filled with information and chances to network with other authors.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
It is not as cut and dry as the readers may think. The writing of the book is the easiest part. Publishing your book is what is going to test your dedication.
6. Wha't next for you?
I am working on several projects right now. I have my debut novel, My Own Terms, hitting the streets in May. I am working on the sequel to that, I am working on a compliation of short stories for a book based on poems from my first publisihed book of poetry, and I am working on a couple of other novels. I am always busy.
7. How can fans get in contact with you?
She can be reached at www.writtenbytnicole.com