Author Interview-Author Nicole Saunders, When Legal Meets Literature
Welcome to Untamed Publishing's Author Interviews! As a company that caters to the self-published author, we want to highlight and support indie authors. There is a vast array of talent amongst us, and here's the opportunity to connect the readers to their next favorite author! This year we have an all new round of writers from all genres so let's saddle in and have an Untamable 2018!
This interview features, Author Nicole Saunders. Attorney turned Author turned Untamable! She's coming for all of her dreams and we get a sneak peek into her world as an author, when legal meets literature!
Hi Nicole! Let me first say it is an honor to have you interview with UP. Welcome to the UP HOT SEAT! Before we begin, please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an attorney from Florida. I am the youngest of two children in my family. My family is very close. We are very supportive of each other. My family's encouragement has truly inspired me to follow all of my dreams--in law and in literature. I've always had an active imagination. I started writing my first novel when I was 10. It was a young adult fiction series. I started writing Disposable, my latest completed work, in college. I finished it while I was finishing up law school, hence the heavy emphasis on legal concepts in the book.
Awesome! That is a wonderful feeling when your family earnestly supports your dreams. Legal to Literature, with the demands of your profession, why did you decide to become a published author?
Honestly, it was the most logical step for me. I've been writing for many years. I felt it was time to get my work out there. I also didn't have the patience to query dozens of publishers. Additionally, I wanted to retain creative control of my work, so I decided to publish it myself. I founded the company Advocate & Entertain Media, LLC as a publishing company for my work as well as the work of other authors.
I love that! So empowering and I love to see our ladies out here making all of their dreams happen! And authors take note, she has a publishing company (hint, hint). I can probably take a wild guess, but what genres do you write?
Legal fiction and psychological fiction. I also prefer strong female leads in books, so I believe I still stick to the area of women's fiction for now.
I guessed it! We can fully understand your writing style because it reflects who you are. While we are discussing you as an author, let's dive into some more tidbits about you, as an author. When it comes to writing, are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl! My creative juices just flow when the sun goes down.
Tell us a unique writing habit that you have.
Incorporating characteristics of the people I know into my stories. I find inspiration from people's names, faces, gestures, etc. I try to incorporate these things into my writing in subtle ways. This practice helps keeps the characters authentic.
You may end up in one of Nicole's books, so play nice. (just joking) lol. Since we are on the subject of incorporating people into books, if you were to write a book about yourself what would you name it? Why?
The Upside would be my book title. It's a double entendre. On the one hand, I am a wheelchair-user. I have never walked without assistance. That has shaped the way I see the world. When I speak to people, I usually have to look up, because pretty much everyone is taller than me, because they are standing and I am not. Hence, the upside is my point-of-view.
On the other hand, the describes my view of life: I like to be positive, to look on the upside. That mindset has carried me through many challenges. I know God has a plan for my life. That gives me an upside.
Wow! That touched my spirit. I sincerely hope you release that book one day because I would absolutely love to read it. Thank you for sharing that with us. Now, let's dive into your work. Tell us about your current book project?
Disposable is a provocative tale that raises crucial moral issues about the lengths to which one will go to create "the perfect family".
It centers on the lives of three characters: Annalyn Winston, a troubled college student who is desperate for money to finish school and starving for the love she never received from her alcoholic mother; Gerline Caslon, a bewildered and abused wife who is determined to save her dysfunctional and childless marriage at all costs; and Akon Tahiri, an ambitious attorney and devoted family man who is clawing for success in a heartless legal market.
These three lives collide when Abington, Gerline's husband, hires Annalyn to be the couple's surrogate and enlists Akon to handle the legal aspects of the arrangement. All goes well until a medical test reveals that the unborn baby has a potentially devastating birth defect. A revelation that forces this unlikely troupe on a journey through the earth-shattering secrets and psychological tortures that threaten to destroy them.
I'm sold! Whew, that reeled me in. Readers, go get this book. I'm excited to hear about what's next. What is your upcoming project about? When will it be released?
I am still working on a title. I don't want to give too much away, but it's another legal novel about a hot-button issue in today's political environment. I hope to release it in fall 2018.
I'm on edge, but I guess I can leave through the wait, lol. Besides writing, What are some of your other aspirations for your writing career?
Honestly, I aspire to change the world and how people think about issues. Entertainment has a tremendous ability to change the dialogue on controversial topics. Some readers of have come to me and told me that reading the book completely changed their understanding of topics, such as relationships and the value of human life. That is my main goal as an author: to change the conversation. Secondly, like most authors, I want to be commercially successful. To me, that doesn't mean selling millions of books. It simply means that I would like writing to be profitable for me. I would still write, even if it never became profitable. But, that is certainly a goal.
What makes your writing stand apart from other authors?
I write movies, not novels. What I mean by that is my goal is to create a picture for the reader. When I am writing, I am creating a movie in my mind. I use words to convey the scenes that my mind creates. That is why my work is so visual. My goal is to help the reader see what I see. Sometimes the reader's imagination will create different pictures from my words than the pictures my mind creates. That's awesome. But, I definitely aim to create a picture.
Also, I call myself a hybrid grammarian. On the one hand, I am a stickler for grammar. On the other hand, I like to use words in fun and interesting ways. Again, my goal is to create a picture and convey a thought. To me, that matters more than having perfect grammar.
Hybrid grammarian, very creative! With your creative style, would you like to collaborate with other authors on a book project?
Absolutely! I love combining writing styles. When I was in high school, I began co-author a novel with my friend. We never finished it. But, it was fun seeing how we could take the same facts, scenes, and characters, and create completely different storylines. So, I think collaborating with other authors for a book project would be great fun.
Now let's get know more about you personally. Name your top 5 favorite books by indie authors. Why are they your faves?
-Garden (Jane Yates)
-Octopus (Jane Yates)
-Lay Aside Every Wait (Selena Edwards)
-Wake, Rise, and Smile (Austin Franklin)
-Friends with Benefits (Rudolph McKissick, Jr.)
-Garden is an exciting book in a steam-punk genre. I love it, because it is beautifully-written and deeply intriguing. It is also refreshing to read a book in a non-traditional genre.
-Octopus is one of my favorite for the same reasons--interesting genre and great use of words. The author creates very vivid pictures of another world. Think Star Trek and the Wild West in one thrilling package.
-Lay Aside Every Wait is a non-fiction work by a local author in my area. It is sort of a self-help book that combines the author's personal experiences with helpful tips. I love those types of books. I particularly love that book, because it is so personal. That makes it relatable.
-Wake, Rise, and Smile is also a non-fiction work by an author in my area. He's actually my cousin. His book is one of my favorites because it is masterfully-written. The sentence structure, the word usage, and the message are all powerful.
-Friends with Benefits is a spiritual book about making intentional and beneficial connections in life. It is a wonderful guide to navigating friendships in the 21st century. It is very helpful and practical.
Outside of writing, what are your favorite past times?
Singing, watching salacious reality shows, and eating good food in great environments. Those are some of my favorite things to do when I am not working or writing.
Tell us one thing about you that is a little known fact.
I taught myself how to play the piano. When I was a child, my mother enrolled me in music lessons. It didn't go well. I have always been a free spirit when it comes to art, so being told when and how I had to learn something was difficult for me. So, I quit. I had no idea how to play the piano. But, I knew how to sing. I used little sticky notes to label the piano "Do" through "Do" and just started to play. Before I knew it, I was actually pretty okay. I still play the piano every now and then for fun.
A fun fact here is I did the same thing! I hated being told to play the piano and now tinkle around with it and the guitar. I like to have the