Nikki's Musings

It’s like launching a political campaign!

No, this isn’t a political post. However, launching a writing career feels like a political campaign. Here is what my life has been like for the past few weeks:

  • Launch website
  • Create Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook presence
  • Try to keep up with posts to website and social media
  • Look for beta readers for my finished work
  • Begin the process of reaching out to agents and publishers
  • Stay up-to-date on the news from professional organizations
  • Go to my day job (Hey, a girl has to eat!)
  • Get a haircut so I don’t look like a monster when I have new photos done for website and social media
  • Actually do some WRITING!

Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond excited to be launching this next stage in my career. I guess I’m wondering though, how do other writers do it? What is the secret of managing all of the important duties involved? Do I need more coffee? Whiskey? Maybe both? Which reminds me! Last year for Christmas, my husband gave me the following items.

Yes, a campfire coffee mug and an appropriately named Irish whiskey. Pretty thoughtful, right? For the record, the whiskey, Writers Tears, turned out to be excellent and it has become one of my favorites. FYI, if you ever want to have a whiskey tasting, count me in! When we were in Ireland a few years ago, we had a blast visiting whiskey distilleries. Hmm, there might be a storyline in there… Romance Among the Whiskey Barrels. Ha! I might have to work on that title. Later, friends!

Nikki's Musings

The Next Big Idea

Hello friends!

As a writer, I’m always looking for ideas for my next book. Typically they hit me right before I go to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night. I love creating characters and stories, and there is always a little bit of me in them–maybe it’s my love of a specific location, or maybe it’s about a skill that interests me. And that is what’s happening in my next novel…which I haven’t started yet because I’m in grad school and some of those pesky reading lists get in the way of my creative flow! But it is percolating away in the back of my brain and it is bubbling to get out and on the page.

So, I’m going to sketch out for you what I’m thinking for my next story idea. As my “About” page states, I’ve worn a lot of hats in my life–actor and singer being the most fulfilling (along with writing). Actors and musicians have tight knit communities and when you start the rehearsal process for just about any show, you form bonds with your fellow actors, crew, and administrative staff. It becomes one big family–sometimes a bit dysfunctional–but that is to be expected with creatives! Of course, there is also the possibility of romance, and since that is my wheelhouse I’ve decided to write a backstage romance.

Location will be New York City, of course! An actress gets her first big break in a musical on Broadway. She is enamored with her famous leading man who just might be a manipulating, egomaniacal, philandered. Of course, she is blinded by his smarmy charm and all of his trappings of wealth and fame. Will our heroine succumb to the leading man’s wicked ways, or will she find happiness and love in the arms of another? Stay tuned for more!

Curtain up for romance!

Nikki's Musings

A First Time for Everything!

Well, I’ve taken the plunge! After three years of writing, rewriting, self-doubt, and finally a sense of “come on, let’s do this,” I’m launching my writing career. Yes, I proudly declare that I write romance novels! I love them. Always have. From Jane Austen to Harlequin Romances, I’m a sucker for a happily ever after.

There is nothing like a satisfying girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets him back and all ends happily kind of story. Throw in some lovely locations, lots of romance and spice, and I’m a happy camper. My novels are rich in friendships too because best friends are the glue that holds our lives together. If you can’t commiserate with your bestie when you have a broken heart, then all you would have is junk food and booze! Although I’ll be the first to admit that a fine Irish whiskey can work wonders in a pinch.

Within the next few days and weeks I’ll be sharing information on my two novels that will hopefully find a home on your bookshelf or e-reader someday soon! Thanks for being here! Oh, and feel free to drop me a line at nikkilongwrites@gmail.com.