I am thrilled to inaugurate with this post a series of interviews with fellow self-published authors. Please join me in welcoming my very first guest, the lovely indie author and friend, Nikki Anne Schmutz.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nikki Anne Schmutz decided she wanted to be a writer at the tender age of ten. After that decision, no other career was ever considered… except the one of being a mother. She is also a produced screenwriter, published poet, and aspiring songwriter. She lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains where she is constantly writing, mulling around new story ideas, spending time with her family, and enjoying the inspiring mysteries life has to offer. For more information on upcoming novels please follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT HER BOOK
After running away from home and living on the streets, pregnant sixteen year-old Samantha Stately is very sick and has nowhere to go. Through a miracle from God Samantha is found by Marion, wife of Reverend James Mahoney, who nurses her back to health and helps her face the consequences of her choices. Samantha unknowingly sets about a train of events that lead her, and those around her, to an extraordinary truth that can only be revealed by divine intervention. ‘Found’ is a heart-warmingly poignant story set during the Christmas season about mistakes, miracles, love, and the blessings of adoption.
Immerse yourself in a world of hope this Christmas season by reading ‘Found’, a story sure to become a yearly tradition, especially for those whose lives have been touched by adoption.
Welcome Nikki! It is a great pleasure to have you here today. I must say, your book sounds like the perfect Christmas read…
What has inspired you to write it?
I dreamed the entire storyline of ‘Found’ one night. It was so vivid that I got up and wrote a quick outline before it left my mind. I wrote it to be about the troubled teenage girl, but in the end it came to be a story about adoption. That wasn’t my doing – the story wrote itself.
What was the first thing you ever wrote and how old were you then?
I started writing silly poems about rainbows and such when I was eight years old. When I was ten I wrote a short story for a school project. We made book covers, title pages, etc. and the teacher bound them for us. I was hooked.
Any hobbies or interests that you enjoy in your spare time?
I read ALOT. I am also an autism advocate as I have a son who is autistic. I love to grow things in my garden, I play music all day and sing along at the top of my lungs. I tried the whole music avenue when I was younger but ultimately writing is my deepest love.
Where can people purchase your book?
It is available only on Amazon.com for this holiday season and can be purchased as a paperback or bought for kindle. I’m hoping that people feel inspiration when they read it and that whatever they need ‘found’ in their lives, will be found.
What other writing have you done?
I have had a few poems published and write music. I have written quite a few screenplays in differing genres, have had a few optioned, and one produced back in 2002 that was released in the local market where I am from. I also have a couple film projects up my sleeve that I can’t comment on yet!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best compliment I ever received as a writer was quite a few years ago. I had the chance to meet Richard Paul Evans at a book convention where I was releasing a book. I shook his hand and told him he inspired me to write. With the most sincere voice he congratulated me and said that I had done something most aspiring writers never do… actually sit down & finish it. That’s my advice to share. Sit down and just write it. It’s not easy, but little by little you’ll get it done!
What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
I want everyone out there, no matter their situation, to have hope. Hope in the future, hope in healing from whatever past hardships you’ve endured, hope in the unseen world around us that blesses and guides us in the journey of becoming who we are meant to be.
Thank you Nikki for taking the time to be here with us today, it’s been a real pleasure!
“Found” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GTWG2XC