Nina is taking the urban literary world by storm. In less than one month she's dropped not one, but two novels. And as far as reviews, her readers are saying both books are a must read. Hopeful Heartbreakers was able to get Nina to sit down and answer a few questions for us. See what she had to say.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I always wanted to, just never actually sat down and tried. Life was too busy. But I have always been an avid reader and when I couldn’t be satisfied by just any book anymore, I wrote until it made sense. At least to me. I wanted to write the type of stories I love to read about. I honestly do it for my own enjoyment because I be in here thoroughly entertained. It’s a bonus that I’m gaining readers who enjoy it too.
2. How long did it take you to write your first book?
Front St. Porter is my first published Novel, but On Us is the first one I wrote. That book took me a LONG time and it’s my most frustrating peace of work. It’s slow to me and anyone that knows what type of reader I am, I like the turn up.
3. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Any and everywhere. It could be the smallest things that create a whole new world for me. I get a certain vibe.
4. What does literary success look like to you?
Readers loving my work. Quoting me and shit.
5. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
I actually love writing my men. The only time it annoys me is when it’s time to take their draws off. I don’t like writing sex scenes. It takes me a good week or even longer, to get one semi right. For some reason, I can’t master the fictional ding-a-ling.
6. How many hours a day do you write?
Since quarantine, all day. If it’s not on my computer, I’m in my phone because ideas constantly hit me. If I stop, I get moody. Sometimes I just want to stare at my computer. My process is weird.
7. How do you select the names of your characters?
They just happen. I don’t really know. My most popular, Lake, came from a boy at my sons school and his last name, Porter, came from Miss Porter off Martin.
8. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
All the time but I do it unintentionally. Writing is like a blackout for me. You have to really know me to figure them out though.
9. What was your hardest scene to write?
Dem’s suicide attempt. I’ve never reread.
10. Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Lil ol me? My Facebook page: Author Nina, Instagram: authornina_
My book group: Front Street | the first scoops will always be in there most likely. Love my little place of being.
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