One of the best things about blogging at b5media is meeting some amazing writers. One of my absolute favorites is Nikki Katz. Like many writers, she’s got a very interesting background. She started out with a degree in aerospace engineering but eventually found her way to freelance writing. We’re glad she did! She’s a professional blogger, freelance writer, consultant, and author. She does this all with kids and if you’re wondering how she fits it all in, read on!
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I was born in Michigan, raised in Arizona and currently live in Southern California.
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. I have some pretty horribly poetry that I scrawled when I was three!
What type of writing do you do?
Well I guess you could say it’s diverse!
Freelance Writing: I’ve been doing that for ten years now – on a variety of subjects. Currently my focus is on entertainment and celebrity gossip.
Young Adult: I have written a young adult novel that I am currently pitching to agents, and I have another young adult work-in-progress that I’m powering through!
Non-Fiction: I have four books published in the puzzles/games category that I wrote a few years ago.
What’s the best thing about writing?
I love making up worlds, developing characters, and seeing where they take me. I love getting a reaction out of my readers, making them feel something – even if they dislike a particular character!
Share some of your writing goals.
My goal is to be a published young adult author some day. Make that some day soon!
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
Right now my schedule is pretty hectic! I have three children, two who are in school. On weekdays I get up early and work on the freelance writing before its time to get the kids up, ready, and drive them to school. Then I try to get a couple hours of writing in during the remainder of the morning while the toddler is occupied – of course I’m constantly interrupted to get juice, play a game, dance around the room, and finish a puzzle!
I do my fiction writing while he naps. It gives me a two solid hours, uninterrupted!
Then throughout the afternoon I am back doing the freelance writing. It extends into the evening, and if I didn’t get to work on my fiction, I often will do that from 8-10.
It’s the same for weekends, but then I have all three at home!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Well I’ve been writing forever, as long as I can remember. I worked on a play every day during recess when I was in third grade – for about three weeks. I wrote short stories when I was in high school. But I never necessarily wanted to be a writer. My degree is in engineering! But the past ten years have been solely focused on writing and the past couple years on fiction.
I can’t answer that. There are too many, and it changes all the time! It’s typically whatever I’m reading at the time.
Book you’re currently reading.
I just finished Catching Fire and I’m waiting on my next shipment of young adult books!
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Not really. I believe in editing block! I have a strong aversion to editing because I’d rather be writing 🙂
For me, if I get stalled on writing, I just jump to a different scene. I don’t write novels from start to finish. I started my completed manuscript about 2/3 of the way through, wrote to the end, and then started from the beginning. It was nice because I already knew where the characters would be, how they acted toward each other, etc. I didn’t have to worry about the darn first chapter, and then getting them to know one another.
Advice for other writers?
Take classes. Research. Go to conferences. Join a writing and critique group. Try to learn about the craft of writing. But in the meantime, and in-between all of that, just write. Jump into the water and get your hand moving, or your hands typing. I truly believe that part of the learning process is writing junk, realizing that it’s junk, and figuring out how to not write junk the next time. And writing always keeps the creative juices flowing.
Where can we learn more about you?
My personal blog is at http://www.nikkikatz.com. It’s kind of a hodgepodge of info right now and I’m so busy blogging elsewhere that I hardly ever update there! But it does provide a portal to all my other sites. I’m also on Twitter daily @katzni.