Nina Day Gerard considers herself an Accidental Romance Writer. While she’s been writing stories since grade school, and trading romance novels with her girlfriends since high school, it wasn’t until 2012 when she had a V8 moment: “Hey, I can do this—I should do this!” And she never looked back. Nina lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her Muse, a little Calico named Celine.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been writing stories since I was in the third grade, and I’ve been reading romance since high school when I used to trade Harlequin novels with my girlfriends. Then in 2012 I had kind of a V8 moment when I realized “Hey, I could do this—I SHOULD do this!” and that led to my first short story The Long Road Home in the 2014 Shades of Pink Romance Anthology supporting breast cancer research, and my first novel My Brother’s Keeper.
Tell us about your writing process.
My favorite way to write is actually in a coffee shop, unplugged–with a notebook and my favorite pen. I can’t wrote in complete silence either. I need to have life happening around me, as long as no one is trying to engage me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen very intently to my characters–they reveal their story to me one scene at a time. When something’s not working, I stop and ask them in my mind, “what are you trying to accomplish here? How do you really feel in this moment?”
Who are your favorite authors?
Other romance writers who inspire me are Maya Banks, Bella Andre, Christine Feehan, and Jo Davis. They have all written great series that I have gobbled up one book at a time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish for two reasons: first, I didn’t want to spend any more time waiting for an agent or publisher to decide that I fit into their creative mold, or tell the stories they wanted. And second, even though the amount work is staggering, I sleep better at night knowing that it’s all under my control.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope print will never die, but ultimately the most important thing is for people to keep reading.
What genres do you write?
Romance, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?