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What is your favorite part of being a writer? I like it when I get on a roll and the words seem to flow out effortlessly.
What is your least favorite part? Waiting and waiting while the book is being edited and then having things sent back for rewriting.
Name one obstacle you’ve had to overcome. My most recent book has me in it and I found it really hard to put myself “out there”. I was afraid that people would think I was presumptuous.
Is there a specific part of your writing you’re working on to improve? I am trying to see my writing as text on the page—practically so I can correct grammar mistakes, but also to be able to read it as others would read it. This is a big challenge.
What part of your writing makes you particularly proud? When people tell me how much they enjoyed my book, I feel proud that I wrote it!
What does your favorite main character have in common with you? N/A
Do you do a lot of research for your projects or do you only write about what you already know? I write about what I know.
How do you use the internet for your writing? I actually am using it for marketing my books. I do use it though for researching material for my magazine articles. It's like having the library at my fingertips!
What one marketing tool have you had good success with? Facebook
When you’re not writing, do you read, and if so, what? I read every night in bed before going to sleep. At present I'm on a mystery jag. I find that I get onto something and then read in that topic for a while. I particularly like The Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke and the Alex Cross series by James Patterson.
What are you trying to accomplish with/through your writing? My childhood dream was to be a writer, so I guess I'm trying to accomplish that.
ADVICE TO OTHER WRITERS
What words of wisdom do you have for young writers? Write from the heart. Write from your passion. You can't create a good book if you're not passionate about the topic.
What advice do you have for someone looking to get published? Publish it yourself!
Any thoughts on what this author writes? How many books published? Here's a little more information about the author...
How many published books are to your credit? 4
Do you have an agent? No
Are you self-published? Yes
How many different companies have you published with? One
How long have you been writing? All my life, although I never thought I'd ever publish anything.
Do you write full-time? If not, what is your other job? And how do you balance work/writing? I am a full-time Graphic Designer. I would like to someday write more books but I just don't have the time right now. For now, I am writing articles for a magazine that one of the companies to which I provide my services produces.
So, any thoughts? Here's the full scoop:
In Author, Dominique (Nik) Petersen’s words: I've had my own graphic design business, NikDesigns, since 1999. Since 2005, I've specialized in designing and formatting books and covers exclusively for Aurora Publishing (www.HowToWriteAndPublish.com) and Spirit Seekers Publishing (www.SpiritSeekersPublishing.com).
Nik currently lives in Canada and is author of: “Girlfriends Forever!” and “Partners Forever?” are interactive book sets; “Bonding with Your Partner: 2 Dozen Ways to Deepen Your Relationship” booklet; and my latest, “Dr. Hook and Me: a Fan's Journal/Scrapbook.”
What are you working on now? Magazine articles.
Anything else about being a writer that you’d like to share? It's not the writing itself that's hard; it's the marketing and getting yourself/your book known.
You can learn more about Author Dominique (Nik) Petersen at www.Facebook.com/NiksBooks and www.NikDesignsGraphics.com
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