For me, the top of my list is marketing, or more specifically the after effect of marketing. You spend weeks, months, and in some cases years, crafting and writing something you’re proud of. You now have to convince people to take a chance on reading what you’ve written because as an indie author – you’re an unknown. I love writing and what I write – why else would I do it? But being an indie author means if I want my book out in the world and read by someone other than my mother, I have to do the marketing myself. When you’re an ‘unknown’ you spend a great deal of time and money trying to get exposure.
I’ve been fortunate to have found wonderful people in the marketing world; it makes it a great deal easier. But the truth is without a traditional marketing department to get your book physically in a store, you can write a great story/book and put forth an almost Herculean effort in marketing and not many people will ever see your work. For me, it’s not the work, and I really enjoy meeting and spending time with new and interesting people – that’s the fun part. It’s what happens after all the commotion dies down, and you see what impact it’s made. That’s where you can start to doubt yourself and why you write at all. I have to remind myself not to let my inner demons overtake my passion for my craft.
Can you give a short synopsis of “Sexual Confessional”?
Basically the book is based on an anonymous survey that I did using my social media skills (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.). I asked the people that live in my computer specific questions about how they felt about sex, asked them to be completely, 100%, and cringingly honest. I then took all the answers I got and wrote about my own thoughts on the subject (and the answers) and put them in a book. The purpose? One was to have fun, I mean, ask the internet about anything and you’ll get some entertaining answers, but ask about sex and the entertainment value is sky-high. And two, was to show that communication isn’t hard when you are honest – sometimes you have to hide behind something (a mask, anonymity, etc.) but honesty always is the right course of action.
What inspired you to write this book?
Quite truthfully, when I started this project, a book wasn’t the goal. I was having a particularly bad month – my job and personal life were causing sucking wind, and I felt I was insignificant in the world. Like if I wasn’t here any longer, who would even notice. I wondered if other people felt the same way – really I was looking for a way to vent my bad mood with other like-minded people. That’s where the survey part came about. I had initially thought I’d ask people the big questions in life – why are we here? what is it all about? why does Scooby-Doo talk? – mostly, to see what other people thought, thereby making myself feel better. But by the time I was ready to start, my mood had passed, but the idea was a spark, and after talking to my friends I decided it would be an interesting experiment. Still not really thinking about a book I jokingly set up the survey so I could use the answers for publication without notice. It was the overwhelming response I got that prompted me to make a book from the answers. If they helped me, why couldn’t they help someone else as well?
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I usually average 3-4 hours per day writing. There are some days I do more, some days I do less and some days I don’t do any at all, but I try to get in a good 20 hours a week on a regular schedule.
Name your top 5 favorite books
That’s a tough one, I love books and picking only 5 is physically painful – which genre to choose? Okay, here’s a few –
Uriel’s Machine by Christopher Knight (I love alternative history, yes, give me a conspiracy theory and I’m in);
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel by Michio Kaku (Sorry, I’m a serious science geek, so I love non-fiction);
Any of the Game of Thrones, Legend of the Seeker, Lord of the Rings, or Narnia books – I grew up on Science Fiction/Fantasy, and I love, love, love it.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – yes, I was that one girl in English class that lived for the assigned books.
Lastly, my all time, number 1 (and yes I have multiple copies of) favorite book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – I love the dark, brooding misery of it.
What are you working on now?
One of the ways I combat writer’s block is to have several projects going on at the same time, so I have many in various states of readiness but the most complete are: a non-fiction piece on Feminism and its effect on relationships; a non-fiction piece on religion and religious fervor; a fiction piece that can be considered either a horror or ghost story and lastly, a follow up to my first book which is YA supernatural.
Author: Nicole Delacroix
Genre: Non-Fiction Humor / Essay
Discovering secrets is titillating.
Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.
It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.
One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness. A foray into the inappropriate Sexual Confessional is a brash, unfiltered look at sex in the new millennium as seen by social media. A cautionary tale that warns “be careful what you ask the internet for, you may just get it…”
Nicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fuelling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.
A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.
A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.
Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.
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