Nibi Soto grew up along the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She has been called the quintessential Renaissance woman because of her varied interests, experiences and education. She has three advanced degrees and a diverse background with many prestigious awards in a wide variety of fields from college and professional sports to art, music and writing. Since 1986 she has authored and co-authored several health and nutrition books and has been a professional speaker for over 20 years.
Nibi is a world traveler and harbors a deep fascination for history and ancient things. Her most resent passion lies in writing a creative, new, fantasy time travel adventure for young adults entitled, Beyond the Map’s Boundary. Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
Originally born in Idaho, sandwiched between two brothers, my parents moved to Utah when I was six years old. I have lived here the majority of my life at the base of the majestic Wasatch Mountains. I love to learn and am not afraid to apply what I learn. I enjoy the adventurous side of life and get a thrill out of discovering new talents and developing new skills. I figure I’m going to have to live 140 years just to have enough time to learn everything I want to learn and do everything I dream of doing. Writing is part of that self-discovery and I find that I’d rather write than eat and I love to eat! I’ve been writing since I was old enough to read. I was co-editor of my high school newspaper and have authored several non-fiction books through the years that are still on the market today.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
Beyond the Map’s Boundary is a timely sort of adventure that follows the lives of two teenagers; Mattie Bott and Trevor Karington. They both grew up in stable, predictable homes without a hint as to whom they really are. Suddenly, her easy life is turned upside down when Mattie begins having visions and witnesses historical events appearing on particles of light. You see, unbeknownst to her, Mattie was born into a family of time travelers. In order to save her from dissolving into the core of time, Trevor becomes her time link, making it possible for her to return to the present following each time travel into the past. With the accidental discovery of the Rings of Prather Mendell, Trevor now shares many of her mysterious, magical powers. Together, if they can survive the learning process, they must foil the plans of an illicit time traveler from the future who will stop at nothing to possess the secret, supernatural abilities of the time travelers and the forbidden powers of the rings.
What do I hope readers will take away from my book? I hope my readers will start dreaming every night about magical Divvies, Half-Parallels and traveling through time.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I have a goal to write an ongoing series of Beyond the Map’s Boundary like Louis L’amour did with the old west. I’d like to fill a bookshelf from side to side and at least two books deep with this series of novels by the time I’m 80 years old. As far as “what’s next for me besides writing more books in the series?” I only want two little things. Number one, a movie contract and number two, world recognition for the novel.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I’d have to say the Book of Mormon. That’s a record of real people that lived in ancient times and I’m fascinated with ancient anything! This book is loaded with battles, love stories, mystery and miracles all over the place. It’s even better the second, third or twentieth time through.
As far as novels go, J.K. Rawlings would have to be my choice. She’s tremendously creative, has a fascinating mind and captured my own imagination like no other author has ever done for me. But, I am a big fan of ‘How To’ books since I love to learn and am a “Do It Yourselfer”. With the advent of the Internet I get the pictures and video demonstrations along with the written word and the author’s are never ending.
Book you’re currently reading?
“As a Thief in the Night…” by Roger K. Young.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Absolutely! I get up earlier than anyone else in the house and write like mad until they get up. Once they get up my life is no longer my own.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
No, I don’t really believe in writers block because the story unfolds all by itself. All I do is simply write it down. It’s so much fun to find out what happens next that it’s difficult for me to stop writing!
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
A successful writer is someone whose work creates such an interest that it leaves a wonderful, lasting impression on the majority of their readers.
Advice for other writers?
Enjoy what you write or don’t write! Once you’ve written something that you enjoy, start sharing it with others. If you find others enjoy it, start praying for the right people to come into your life to get it out there and never give up.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Yes! Buy the novel and enjoy the adventure. This world is far too serious any more and a magical fantasy, that’s appropriate for all ages, can really offer a wonderful escape from it all. Beyond the Map’s Boundary is far, far better than a house of chocolates!