RL Meets Nikki Coe-
2 readers will win a free copy of Nikki Coe’s book, Postal Blues if you leave a comment!
Thank you for your generosity Nikki…
Bailey Jenkins thinks she knows everything there is to know about men. She has no time for love, the lies they tell and drama that comes with them, unless...they are willing to finance her hearts desires. Lisa is a single mother who gives her all to the only man in her life, her son. While she doesn’t enjoy her job, she reluctantly goes to work, even if late, so that she can provide for him. When her boss puts her in between a rock and a hard place she has to choose between her son and the job that makes it possible for her to take care of him. Tonya loves her husband and is wholesome as pie. But when her husband's indescresion walks boldly into her housewarming party, she is forced to take steps that she normally wouldn’t take.
Reviewed by: Nikkea Smithers, RWA President
1. What do you want readers to take away from your book?
I want readers to remember that true friendship still exist between women. A lot of women are leery about forming true friendships with other women, this saddens me because there have been times in my life when I needed my girls more than I needed my mother, my husband. It saddens me to think that today that type of friendship is an exception to the rules instead of the rule with women. We, by nature are nurturers; we give and give and give and sometimes we need that nurturing returned to us and that's what true girlfriends do for each other.
2. Are you a believer in outlines or do you write spontaneously?
Both. I can run on. Usually, there is a main idea floating around in my head that could become a book; the longer it floats the bigger it becomes for me. Once I'm sure that that idea is large enough to center a book around, I set pen to paper and write down the main ideas; where I want to take the reader and essential things that must happen to move the story on, and last but not least, I write down where I want the reader to end up. I'm not tied to a outline per say because at any given time I can write a single sentence that can take the entire story in a difference direction, and I'm okay with following where the words lead. That, in my opinion keeps a book fluid and makes it a good read. But I need a outline to keep my characters at least going somewhere near the direction I originally intended them to go in.
3. What will keep readers turning the pages?
I've tried to create everyday characters; my characters are not rich, they don't run or own corporations, they are not traffic stopping beauties, their love is not all encompassing nor does it solve every problem in the world. My character’s, are you and me, everyday women facing everyday problems. Some readers might not want to read about the very problems that they're facing in their leisure time, but reading about women that are going through the same things that you might be facing, is empowering, it's lets you know that you are not alone and there is strength in numbers. I want my readers to feel empowered when they finish reading Postal Blues. It's interesting to see how so-and-so will handle those same problems that you had and it's fun to elaborate on how you solved it, and if her way, or your way was better. It puts the characters in your life and you in theirs and that’s what keeps the pages turning. That’s, what will make you wake up the next morning wondering what Bailey is doing today or how Lisa and her son are doing after you've finished the book.
4. How can a reader get in touch with you?
Readers can visit my website at http://www.nikkicoe.com/ or email me at http://us.mc462.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to =email@example.com. It makes my day to hear from readers, so email me and let me know what you thought about Postal Blues and the soon to be released sequel Rain, Snow, Sleet or Hail. I will answer all emails.
Thanks and keep reading,
Thank you Nikki. Readers; watch out for this up-and-coming great new author! As a special bonus: If you leave a comment for Nikki, I will also give away a copy of my debut novel as well.