NJ Flatman is an indie author that we decided to support by featuring her in this week’s Monday Morning Spotlight. We know how hard indie authors work to promote themselves and to get their work noticed. Check out NJ’s answers to our questions and then check out her books!
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t dream of being a writer. I was writing stories when I was just a kid. Something in me always knew that’s what I’d do.
2. Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
I’m a full-time something for sure haha. I actually have done a variety of ghostwriting for many years. I started with web content and articles and moved on to ghostwriting stories and books. Since taking the leap into publishing my own books I seldom take on ghostwriting work any more. That’s too much writing for even me. But I still have to work so I do voiceover work and also work at home phone jobs. Someday I hope that my books pay the bills and I can only have one job
3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?☺
Not sure I’d give myself any advice. There are a lot of things I know now that would have made life easier, but I think it might have altered who and where I am. So I’d probably just leave it be. The only safe thing I think I could say is believe in yourself. I lacked a lot of confidence back then.
4. Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I am chaos in every way. I tend to only work on one, but I’m always jotting down scenes, ideas etc for other stuff. Nothing has a rhyme or reason. But I know what it is and that’s what matters.
5. Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
Oh wow. That’s hard to say. I will probably say Colby from my books. She’s not as big of a role, and she’s the girl everyone loves to hate, but I love her spunky attitude.
6. Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
There are things in my books that I’ve experienced or known about first hand, but I wouldn’t say I’d experienced the story personally. Although I think any author puts something of themselves into their work. I will say the very first line I wrote in my very first book came from a personal text I sent to a friend.
7. What are your biggest distractions?
Haha! I’m so ADHD that everything is a distraction. But if I had to choose it’s a close call between my friends and Facebook.
8. What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Formatting for paperback hands down. I hate it. And the fact that the words don’t type as quickly or smoothly as the scenes play out in my head.
9. Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
I spend most of my time with guys so not really. Guys are pretty simple creatures.
10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
There’s life outside of writing? Haha. Spending time with my daughter. My friends definitely. Playing video games believe it or not. I also enjoy things like the beach, camping, music is a big one. And of course reading when I have time.
11. Do you have a favorite author or book?
I refuse to name indies that are faves because I have so many author friends and I enjoy their books immensely. I will say that I like when authors step outside the scope of normal and tackle things from a different perspective.
As for big publisher authors — I’ve loved a variety from VC Andrews to John Grisham and Dean Koontz. I truly love the Twilight series and the 50 Shades of Gray series — don’t judge me– because the basic idea of the storyline is the same. When you find the right person, it will alter who you are and want to be and there’s very little you won’t do for them.
12. Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
Not really. I tend to think outside of the box.
13. Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
Yes I have. I just work on something else until it passes.
14. Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
I don’t really eat at a dinner table so no. Have I had to jot things as soon as I thought of them– all the time. My computer is a conglomeration of notepad notes of scenes lol
15. What does your writing workspace look like?
Chaos. Mostly I write on the couch, but even that gets chaotic and messy. My desk…well I think there’s a surface under there somewhere.
16. Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I haven’t had anything really mean. I try to take anything I see constructively. I take out the good, look at the bad to see if there’s a way I can improve. I prefer to focus on the positive in life, not the negative. Everything isn’t for everyone.
17. Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
Oh yes. Absolutely.
18. Can you tell us what you are working on next?
Book three in the Addicted to You series, Obsessed, releases on October 21 (Also my birthday!). I’m also working on books 4 and 5 (Addicted and Bound) to release in December and February. After that I will be releasing a standalone that I’ve already been toying with here and there.
19. What is in your purse right now?
How much time you got? Anything I could possibly need at any time when I’m not here.
20. Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
The twilight series is still considered my favorite books in my mind. I read the whole series 4 times in a week. Ironically, I almost didn’t read them because ‘vampires aren’t my thing’. Scene wise, that’d be hard to decide.
Books by NJ Flatman
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