What you know about Negro Nosed Romance? If the answer is nothing or not much, then I kindly recommend that you get in touch with the sexy scribe in today’s Author Spotlight. Chicago’s own Nicole Falls knows quite a bit about it! Her blog provides a showcase for Black romance writers (Yours Truly included!) and Nicole even manages to do some sensual writing of her own. Road to Love, the first book from the Lessons In Love series, tells the story of two strangers meeting while both in the throes of personal family drama. Nicole’s cowriting the series with fellow author buddies, further showcasing how much of a team player and valuable asset she is in the indie romance community!
Read on as Nicole dishes about throwback 90s Black contemporary fiction, the author she worships above all others, and why staycations are best for her creative juices!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m just a girl with a big mouth and a Macbook whose invisible friends won’t shut up until I start writing about them. I enjoy my coffee, liquor, and men the same way: brown and strong.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
Getting to know new people because that’s what the folks who star in each of my tales are to me: strangers that I am glad to have met, not just characters.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is actually Book One in a collaboration between myself and two other indie Black romance writers, Té Russ and Bailey West. The series centers around three women who are brought back to their hometown for various reasons, but end up reconnecting in advance of a high school reunion that is to be taking place. My girl is on a long road trip home; she’s in desperate need of a break from her current life and seeking to reconnect with her family, namely her father from who she has been estranged for years. Along the way, however, she makes an unexpected connection that changes her life for the better.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve never not considered myself a writer. Storytelling has been flowing through my veins for as long as I can remember.
What drew you to writing romance?
I’m a sucker for love – the happily ever after, all of that. I grew up reading a lot of women’s fiction and romance and knew that when I decided to do this thing for real, that would be the area in which I’d feel most comfortable writing.
Which books have influenced your writing style the most?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has had the biggest impact on how I choose to write, honestly. Queen Zora gave us the language of the people in dialect that entire book and said, “You will deal or not read, idc idc idc.”
Similarly, when you read a Nicole Falls book, there will be slang. Regional dialect. AAVE. Phonetic spellings. Fractured language. Improper grammar, at times. Why? Because that’s how the characters talk when they come visit me. Take it or leave it. *shrug*
I’m also heavily influenced by the likes of Terry McMillan, Eric Jerome Dickey, et. al. That whole 90s/early2000s boom of Black contemporary fiction writers? I owe a lot of who I am as a writer to them, honestly.
~’Storytelling has been flowing through my veins for as long as I can remember.’~
Share a piece of your work that showcases your writing style best.
I usually tell folks to start with my collection of short stories called Sparks Fly. It’s what I call The Nicole Falls primer. Despite it not being my first release, it’s definitely the most accurate introduction to my writing style.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Don’t pay attention to writing advice.
- Blaze your own trail.
- Keep your eyes on your own paper.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
It would sound arrogant to say no one, but that’s the choice I’m making, LMAO! Not for any vanity purposes, because there are certainly writers with whom I’d love to be granted audience, but I am very lucky to already be mentored by one of the best in my genre. She’d probably beg to differ, lol.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I book a staycation over the course of every project at some stage. Something about getting out of my own space (and having cocktails at lobby bars!) spurs my creative sensibilities.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Just one? There are waaaaaaaaaaaay too many to limit myself to just one. Follow me on social media and you’ll see me consistently bigging up the ones I love. : )
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
Not really. I have to be very careful not to get too ahead of myself when I’m thinking about this writing thing or I get too overwhelmed. The overarching goal is always to write a good story. 🙂
Nicole, thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: www.nicolefalls.com