Are you stalking me? Because that would be super.
- Ryan Reynolds
Are you published?
In adult romance and poetry, yes. My adult romance work is written under the pseudonym ‘Tess Quinn’ and you can find me at TheWildRosePress.com.
What do you write?
I write young adult romance novels, adult paranormal romance, and poetry.
What’s your day job?
I’m the Director of Government Services for a language service company in NYC. Basically, I’m an admitted attorney working in a non-traditional legal job. I also teach workshops, go to school, work as a journalist for Examiner.com.
When did you start writing?
All I remember is that I used to put together novels in elementary school. I’d color the covers and draw pictures. I wrote sequels to my favorite children books and later, to my favorite young adult books. When I really got into a steady obsession with reading, I’d write continuations to the Nancy Drew mysteries that I piled on my bedside table. The short answer? A long time ago.
What’s with all the music and poetry, Nisha?
Funny you ask. I’m really dedicated and passionate about the arts. It also contributes to a lot of the brainstorming exercises that I do for my story ideas. I make playlists for my books, I write about subjects in photographs I see, and I write poetry to release the sharp bursts of creative energy that I go through. I then hone whatever my initial product is into a longer piece of fiction. The arts all feed my creativity, and music and poetry are the strongest influences.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get published?
I’m not the almighty voice of reason on this subject, but I can tell you what I’ve been told and what I’ve experienced: Read what you want to write, and write what you want to write. Practice makes perfect. Do what you love and love what you do. Read some fun quotes section under ‘for writers’ to see what some other authors say about the craft.
I have this great story idea. Can you read/write it for me?
Alas, no. Sorry. I have my own ideas and stories that take up too much of my time. As you can already tell, I’m a busy woman! If you want someone to read your stuff, form your own critique group and read a critique partner’s work. And sorry again, but I already have my own critique group. They’re insanely jealous women so you should be scared.