Are you published?
In adult romance and poetry, yes. My adult romance work was written under the pseudonym ‘Tess Quinn’ and published for a few years through The Wild Rose Press. My next novel is a Young Adult book called ‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’ which comes out in 2018 with Crown Books for Young Readers.
What do you write?
I write YA romance, new adult romance, young adult paranormal romance, and poetry.
When did you start writing?
All I remember is that I used to put together novels in elementary school. I’d create covers using construction paper and sandwich loose leaf in between. My mother would hole-punch the packet and I’d tie it all together with pieces of yarn. The art projects stopped, but the writing didn’t. In middle school, I started writing continuations to the Nancy Drew mysteries stacked on my bedside table. After that, I focused on my own ideas and the rest is history!
What’s with all the music and poetry, Nisha?
Funny you ask. I’m really dedicated and passionate about art, music and poetry because they are vital parts of my brainstorming process. I make playlists for my books, I write about subjects in photographs I see, and I write poetry to release sharp bursts of creative energy. It’s like voice exercises for a singer or practice throws for football players.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get published?
I can tell you what I’ve been told and what I’ve experienced: Read what you want to write, and write what you want to write. Practice makes perfect. Do what you love and love what you do. And most importantly, talking about writing isn’t the same as actually doing it. Get your butt in a chair and write! Check out my Pinterest writing board for more advice!
I have this great story idea. Can you read/write it for me?
Alas, no. Sorry. I have my own ideas and stories that take up so much of my time. If you want someone to read your stuff, I suggest forming a critique group and reading a critique partner’s work. My critique group really helps me out when I need an objective point of view. Good luck!