Author Nikki Jacks #interview #SilverSpringsLibrary

Please give a warm welcome to author Nikki Jacks

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 22 years. Our sons are 21 and 16. I have a bachelors degree in history and just completed a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

By day I work in a middle school (years 6-8).

I love to travel and enjoy good food with friends. I’ve begun learning about wine the last couple of years and enjoy tastings and pairings. In my spare time I read, play video games and watch all manner of British tv and cooking shows.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I didn’t always want to be an author, but I have always told stories. I started writing poetry in high school and continued in college and after I was married.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The initial inspiration for Lotus was winning the 13th Jewel Contest sponsored by the Silver Springs authors. I knew how my character was going to get whammied with a love spell, I just needed to let my imagination find the details.

What are you working on now?

This summer I’ll start working on a sequel to Lotus. I’ll also start plotting out Phoenix’s story.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m quirky in general, but I do have a few things. Music is a must when I’m writing. I typically put Spotify on random and let music play. I also burn my favorite candle, Sage & Citrus by Yankee Candle Co., and I chew Mentos gum while I write.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to improve my writing and continue creating stories people love, in Silver Springs and out.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Find mentors! The insights and advice of people who have walked the path ahead of you are invaluable. Publishing is more than Spell check in your word processing program and your alpha/beta team. Seek out the people who will support you and guide you along.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you!! Without your support and willingness to take a chance on a new author, Lotus wouldn’t be the hit she is!