Nicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fueling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.
A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.
A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.
Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.
What inspires you to write?
I started writing really young. My father was military so we moved around a great deal, and making friends for me was difficult. So my mother bought me a diary when I was 10 and I would scribble in it all the time. From that point on, I learned to live in my head and write everything down, so I guess I owe my mother for making me into a writer. As far as inspiration, I was having a streak of bad luck in my personal and professional life and started to escape more and more into books. At that point I decided that I’d try my hand at writing, I’d always written when I was younger and it was a great stress relief for me. I decided I’d try my hand at screenwriting (I know, what was I thinking?) and wrote a script called Supposed Crimes. Nothing ever came of it, although I was on Triggerstreet.com for a while with it and got a few good reviews. After a few people mentioned that the story itself didn’t really feel complete in script format, I decided to move over to novel writing. Oddly enough, that story is still sitting on the back burner at this time.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a seat of the pants writer, I like things to flow organically. I think I spend so much time formulating the story in my head, that by the time I sit down to put it to paper, I almost know what’s going to happen and when. So I guess I’m a virtual outliner. I do use a character questionnaire to get all the little quirks of each character, and I find it helps me flush out everything they will do or say.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I think characters take on a life of their own, and I think talking to them – or allowing them to speak to you gives them added depth. You never know where a character will take you unless you allow them to define themselves.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Stephen King, Madeleine L’Engle, Carolyn Keene (Yep, loved Nancy Drew) but most of all Emily Brönte. I’ve always loved classics and naming my favorite authors would be a never-ending list. I love reading from anyone that has an interesting voice – I especially love an author that is daring and bold.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t want to pursue traditional publishing at the time; I really wanted to get my feet wet, so I opted for Createspace and Kindle. Now that I’m working on a third bookI’m seeking representation with a traditional publisher, simply because I think having a traditional marketing department would help me free up some time to do what I love – write!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I recently heard on NPR a discussion about how the next generation will never experience a real book; that technology has taken us past the need for paper and the written word. I truly believe there are more people like me; that love that feel of a book and the smell of a dusty library. That search and scour through bookstore shelves to find just that right book. Enjoy the convenience of your E-reader, but remember a book is meant to be experienced and you can only do that turning the pages of an old dusty tome.
What genres do you write?
Nonfiction-humor, Nonfiction-essay, Fiction-YA, Fiction-Fantasy
What formats are your books in?