Heart stopping puppy chases, childhood melodrama and the aborted hangings of innocent toys are all in a day’s work for Nikki Duncan. This athletic equestrian turned reluctant homemaker turned daring author, is drawn to the siren song of a fresh storyline.
Nikki plots murder and mayhem over breakfast, scandalous exposes at lunch and the sensual turn of phrase after dinner. Nevertheless, it is the pleasurable excitement and anticipation of unraveling her character’s motivation that drives her to write long past the witching hour.
The only anxiety and apprehension haunting this author comes from pondering the mysterious outcome of her latest twist.
A Few More Tidbits:
~ Nikki serves on the NTRWA Board as the 2011 Program Director.
~ Nikki has taken numerous writing related classes including a Three Day Writing Immersion Class taught by Margie Lawson.
~ Nikki Duncan is a 2008 Golden Pen finalist.
~ Her first book, Sounds to Die By was released in October 2010 from Samhain Publishing.
~ Nikki has had articles published and reprinted in over 100 RWA chapter newsletters and list serves, including a three part series published in the RT Magazine in January, February and March 2010.
~ Nikki has done promotional work for several authors and has developed a Marketing & Promotion workshop with Misa Ramirez.
~ Nikki has worked as a manager of The UPS Store and currently works during the day as an Administration Manager using her organizational skills to keep a handle on the multitude of duties required.
~ Nikki’s nickname is Naughty Nikki thanks to her penchant for stirring up trouble, and she’s a very Wicked Writer.
~ Nikki was raised around horses and competed with her Arabian horse, Texas Tuff Act, until she graduated high school. She left the sport ranked in the Top 20 youth competitors in her style of riding.
~ Nikki spent many years as a youth competing in gymnastics, always striving to out-do her older sister.
~ Nikki has two sisters, one who lives near and the other a few states away. Sadly she sees them both about the same amount. lol
~ Nikki’s been married since 1994, and her husband CIS isn’t the only one known for forgetting their anniversary.
~ Nikki’s family is best known as CIS (hubby, Calm in the Storm), Chaos (daughter #1), Destruction (Daughter #2), Slightly (the crazy puppy named after one of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys), and the battling cats (Frack, Rose, and Lovey who are fighting over Nikki’s office chairs when they’re not running from Slightly.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Have you always wanted to write? Would you say it was a calling?
A: I’m not sure I can claim that I was called to writing, but then again maybe I was. In my sophomore year of high school, we were assigned a 10 page research paper in English class. Mine came in at 20 pages. Needless to say I had my first taste of “editing”, but the feedback I got from my teacher and classmates, comments that I should be writing novels, stuck with me.
Q: Is it true that to write well you should write what you know?
A: LOL, I hope not. If that was the case I would be writing about being a mom, juggling kid schedules and work demands, and tome management. While some of my characters may deal with those things, that is not what my stories are about.
Q: What is one of the biggest ‘life lessons’ you’ve learned?
A: I like to think I’m learning more lessons every day, but recently I had an experience that sent me back to my high school years and the day that my biggest dream was taken from me by bad sportsmanship. Professionalism is as tough to maintain in a moment of adversity as an adult as good sportsmanship can be as a teen. At the same time, it can be more important as an adult to have a firm grip on that professionalism.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since early 2004.
Q: How many books have you written?
A: I’ve completed 8 books, have 2 partial books, and many other ideas. 2 of the 8 books are published.
Q: What was it like for you to write that first story?
A: Liberating. Emotionally, mentally, and physically liberating. I sat at the computer, stared at the blank screen, and made stuff up. I have no clue where the characters came from, let alone their backgrounds and the story needing to be told, but the words, as rough as they were, poured from my heart and soul onto the page…screen. As I wrote the end of the story, I felt a sense of completion I’d never experienced. Like when I was competing with my Arabian in high school and had my dream stolen from me, there are people in the writing world that will attempt to hold me back. Unlike horse competitions, no one can rob me of the satisfaction I get when I type the end of a story. Whether I sell everything I write or not, I’ve accomplished something great.
Q: Is writing competitive?
A: Yes, especially if you strive for publication. While the majority of the writers I’ve met along the way have been kind and supportive, there are a few that seem to feel threatened and would try to hold a new author back. It takes self confidence and determination to not get dragged down by others.