All month for Women’s History Month, we will be featuring women indie authors! Follow along every Tuesday and Thursday this month to learn about new writers and new reads.
Hello there! I am T. R. Nickel, I am a fantasy writer and my first book was published by Represent Publishing. I have a somewhat overactive imagination that takes me to far out places that allows me to build the worlds and characters you read about. I love adventures and seeing new places, hearing people’s stories, and experiencing new things.
How did you start writing?
When I was in elementary school, I started carrying around a small yellow memo pad that I would jot down any little idea I had, some of which were terribly spelt out poems that I still cringe at today! That foundation made me want to learn more about the art of storytelling to the point where I wrote my first book in middle school.
What is your writing process like?
Sporadic! I write as the scenes come to me and later fill out the inbetween. Though most of my thinking comes before the actual writing. For example I had all of the Legends of Limoria series planned out before I even started writing book one. Most of my time is fleshing out the world, the history, the overarching meaning of the story, and the characters. Lots of note cards and sticky notes are used and abused by yours truly.
What inspired you to write The Light of Evanora? What is it about?
Xylia, the main character, was actually my first D&D character. I never got to finish her story, so I took the clan I created and the loose idea I had of what her story was supposed to be and created an entire world just so I could flesh it out. Xylia went from this standoffish ranger to a resilient magicae user who is trying to find her place in a world that has cast her elven race (and many others) aside.
Do you have any other books published/are you working on anything new?
I am currently working on book two of the Legends of Limoria series! Apparatus from Aruna.
Do any authors influence your writing?
Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Zora Neale Hurston, and Aprilynne Pike. To name a few … there are so many!
What is your favorite piece of writing advice?
“Nobody knows where ideas come from. But let us say, if you immerse yourself in something, whether it be music, painting, or writing, or thinking about science, if you immerse yourself in something you are going to get ideas about it. But you have to do the immersing first. You’re not just sitting there waiting for lightning to strike.” – Margaret Atwood (Master Class: Getting Started as a Writer).
Time to promote you! How can people find you? What should they look out for next?
Apparatus from Aruna: Book Two in the Legends of Limoria series will be coming soon, so keep an eye on my socials!