I had the pleasure of meeting Nikesha Elise Williams on the set of her debut play, “Lessons We Were Never Taught.” It was a one woman play that was done exceptionally well. In fact, the stories told during the performance, continue to stay with me as time goes on. I was thrilled when Nikesha agreed to do an author spotlight! Here are the details of her incredible interview:
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Very young. Definitely around five or so. It really solidified for me in undergrad as I wrote my honors thesis around 20/21.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
This is a varied answer. My first novel, Four Women, took me two years to complete because I had to start over in the middle of the process. My latest novel, Beyond Bourbon Street, which I wrote immediately after my debut took me about 10 months. However, my three novels that were released between Four Women and Beyond Bourbon Street I wrote all of them in 2018, and one of them even came out in 2018. Those novels took between 8 and 12 weeks to complete. I prefer a longer timeline to writing rather than a shorter one, but whatever works for you works for you.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Disciplined and consistent. I block out at least two hours for writing. Sometimes four. Including when I worked a full-time job. I try to write every day when I’m working on a book project but sometimes life happens. I set chapter goals for myself to meet by the end of the week. Some people set word count goals. Whatever the method you have to be disciplined and consistent.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure if I have one. I write in silence. I know some people like to have music playing but that distracts me. I need absolute silence so I can hear and see my characters as I’m writing.
5. Where do you get your information and inspiration for your books?
My inspiration is generally life (mine or someone else’s) and what’s going on in the news. I’m a journalist by trade but as an author I like to take the news of the moment and use it as a gateway into the story of the characters.
6. When did you write your first book?
I started my first book in March 2013. As I mentioned above it took me two years to complete because in March 2014 when I was seven chapters from the end my flash drive died, and I had to start over