Nick Federico says that you can’t really measure the success of a writer. He says, “There’s no way to put a price tag on happiness. It’s hard to explain, too. It’s not like with the NBA, where if a Point Guard averages 22 points, you can say he’s successful. With writing, you never really know how successful you are until you experience happiness.”
Find out more about Nick in this interview.
My name is Nick and I’m a Poet. I just released my debut anthology called Neverending Nightmare. I’m from a small town in Ohio that’s 20 minutes from Cleveland called Berea. I’ve been writing poetry for about a year and a half.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
That poets aren’t these guys who wear berets, and sunglasses. A poet is someone that speaks for himself and by himself. Not someone who conforms to others.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m a huge video gamer. Love games, and also love just listening to music, which is where I get motivation.
Odd thing is, being a poet, I don’t have a favorite author. Instead, my inspirations are more rappers, like Eminem and Tech N9Ne.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Probably A Child Called It. The fact that it was very descriptive, and at times disturbing. To me it was the perfect mix of captivating imagery, and getting the “page turner” effect.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
If I want to write a love poem, I listen to love songs, or if I want to write a break-up poem, I listen to some break-up music. The ritual just depends on what I’m looking forward to write.
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
An opportunity to actually write an eBook. If you asked my friends, they’d say that I always wanted to write a book, and here I am 22 years old, and released my own book.
What is one thing that frustrates you about being a writer?
That some people knock it. Just because it’s not a typical career choice (Atleast where I’m from) they all tend to put it down, and say it’s garbage when they don’t have the slightest clue how it works. If you’re a ballerina, I’m not gonna’ knock you because it’s what you do. It amazes me how two-faced people can be.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Of Course I do! I get it so much it’s unreal. For anyone who says it’ not real, and that it’s just a case of the author being lazy, they clearly are the ones who aren’t trying enough. When you write a lot, you tend to obviously get burned out and writers block forms. It’s just how it goes.
Anything else you’d like to add?
My book, Neverending Nightmare is available on Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords for 1.99 right now. Even if you download the sample, I’m happy. Thanks!
Where can we learn more about you?
Twitter.com/NiFederico, or Wattpad.com/NiFederico