Featured Interview With Nikki Fuller
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Nikki is as she describes herself just ‘one woman’. Whether this be as a daughter, mother, wife or business entrepreneur. Through the different caps she wears like many other women, she has seen and experienced the highs and lows in life so far. She now lives in the beautiful countryside near Buckinghamshire, not too far from London with her husband, daughter and crazy dog, in their own pub/restaurant. But in her growing up years, she lived in Holland, which certainly had a big influence on the way she is today. She puts her hands up to struggling with ‘Life’ and anxiety and strives every day to find that ‘Happy’ place and even some days finds it! Nikki tries to find positive affirmations that help make life more comfortable to wear and if she can’t, she’ll put a twist of humour on things, as sometimes laughing is the only answer!
She has dealt with depression and post-natal depression and scrapped her way through her entrepreneurial avenues, and what she didn’t know, she has learnt along the way. Her books are short reads (which she prefers), that give an insight into parts of her life and lessons learnt.
When asked what kind of book does she enjoy to read, she replied ” Ones that I can either relate to, or gain something from and if it can be done in short chapters or fit into 10 minutes here and there, even better!…I like to think that I write, how I would either like to read or as if I was chatting to a good friend”.
There are currently 2 books in this series, with the first being ‘One Woman vs Life’ but along with wearing different caps, she admits to having a few sides, hence also writing Children stories and other fiction and non-fiction. Why box yourself in, when you can be anything you want to be?
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always had a fascination with books, especially children’s books. I love the wonder of it all but as I got older (not grew up! as that’s still something I work on), I found myself drawn to autobiographies or books that would make me a better version of myself. That’s not to say, I don’t enjoy an easy beach read to escape to. In fact I love the idea that different books, genres open up different windows. Each will give you something different and each is personal to you. Which is the same with my writing, I won’t box myself into one genre. I have a pen name for my adult fiction and others pieces, I am simply myself. Writing myself didn’t come to only recently. Yes, when I was younger, I’d write short pieces or ‘dabble’ but it was really only a couple of years ago that I almost felt I needed to write. To let feelings that I had bottled up and going around in my head, be released. To help me and hopefully to help others who have gone through or are going through feelings of anxiety, depression or grief. Life deals us some highs and lows and sometimes sharing how we got through it, can be a comfort to all.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I am fascinated with autobiographies but my favourite has to be ‘David Jason’ My Life’. A real treat to read with a journey of emotions.
If I had to save one collection of books that I have, I cannot deny it would be Beatrix Potter. The simplicity and yet mature tone of each is unique. So few words that she wrote for each, lead each reader to so much more. Purely charming in every way.
I have a collection of books which include easy reads and of course Jackie Collins. No bookcase is complete without something to indulge in with a glass of red but books that I can say changed the way I am, influenced me and guided me would certainly include: Don’t sweat the small stuff by Richard Carlson, The rules of Life, The curse of the strong by Dr Tim Cantopher and Susan Jeffers classic ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ to name but a few.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
One Woman’s PRIVATE LIFE “SHARED” is the 2nd in the series of ‘One Woman’ Books and is a warm and approachable short read. Events taken from my own experiences, whether love, death & grief or the darkness of depression, from just one woman’s point of view. Offers an insight into sensitive and private subjects and my experience of the twists and turns life can bring at work or at home. Have you lost someone close unexpectedly? Struggled finding your career path but fought to become successful and true to yourself whilst coping with anxiety or depression? Reads like women chatting in the ladies! or friends getting together over a drink, with openness and honesty with a light and approachable touch. If you have dreams and aspirations and have had to cope with the troubles that life can deal you, with Life and Loss, you may find reading this helpful, to know you are not alone. With some helpful affirmations and tips then ‘One Woman’s PRIVATE LIFE “SHARED” will be a welcome companion and motivate you to be kind to yourself and remain strong to embrace life today and all it offers. You deserve to be Happy and Successful. Even if success if just about successfully getting through today.
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