Featured Interview With Nickii Fowler
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in Sun Valley, a suburb in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. It was a wonderful childhood. 20years ago I bought a home in Simi Valley, 30 miles or so away from my childhood home.
My parents and I were always close, living together for most of the time. I became their full time caregiver when Mom was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, and Dad suffered a massive stroke.
We always had animals in our home, dogs galore, birds, fish, rabbits, ducks, an a very funny tortoise named snapper.
Now my only pet is a neurotic named Syndi. She is my constant companion, and likes to lay between me and my computer. A pain? Absolutely, but she’s my pain. A “Vintage Woman”, and her crazy cat.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
All of my life I have loved 5 things, animals, reading books, writing stories, history, and genealogy. I would write stories in elementary school and had quite a following of little girls, and a few teachers waiting for the next installment. My teachers encouraged me to continue writing, and I did until the worst case of writers block arrived and hung around for 35 long, painful years.
It took its leave rather suddenly one day when I was recovering from by-pass surgery on both legs.
I had been unable to sit at my computer for longer than 5 minutes, and on that wonderful morning I sat down to write an email, and before I knew it I had completed the first 50 pages of what would be my first published novel, Love’s Tie That Binds.
I have been writing furiously since then.
My family history can be found in the de Clare Chronicles: Love’s Tie That Binds, Love’s Sweet Home, Love’s Valiant Struggle, and The Golden Thread.
Glorious Surrender, and Quarter Given as well.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love reading and writing historical romance. I fell in love with the genre while reading The Wolf and the Dove by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss.
With my love of history and genealogy it was the perfect match. Having researched my family tree extensively, I have been inspired by my own ancestors. Each of my books contain some of my ancestors and the part they played at that time. Fortunately I come from a long line of emperors, kings, queens, and nobility. William the Conqueror is my 35th Great Grandfather, and appears in many of my books. It is my tribute to those who made me what I am.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest published book is Quarter Given, set in 1067 England.
As the carriage rolled to a stop, the door flew open and an elegantly dressed woman jumped down and ran into his arms.
“Sybil! What are you doing here, has something happened?” he asked with concern.
“Tienne, I couldn’t bear the thought of you spending another Christmas alone,” she cried out, hugging him tightly.
“You traveled all this way alone?” he exclaimed.
“Nay, I’m not quite that foolish. I came with my dearest friend, Lady Nicole du Severn.” Sybil turned and held out her hand to a vision wrapped in an ermine mantel. Her face glowed with a gentle paleness in the dim light of the torches. He couldn’t make out the color of her hair but it appeared to be dark. “Nicki, this is my brother, Etienne, and this dear brother is Lady Nicole.”
Etienne heard Serge let out a low whistle behind him as he bowed over her gloved hand. “Pleasure to meet you, Lady Nicole. Welcome to Braemont,” he greeted, and then presenting an arm to each of them led them into the great hall. Once inside, the ladies went to stand by the fireplace before removing their mantels.
Without realizing it, the beautiful woman who had just walked through his door was about to change his life in ways he couldn’t imagine.
And, no, I didn’t use my own name for Lady Nicole. My actual name is Nickiilynn.
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