Updated: Oct 15
Wow! Where did the first half of the month go? We're midway through October, and it's about time I shared our next author spotlight with you!
The first one for this month is the lovely Nicky Webber, who I had the pleasure of chatting with earlier this year at the Hamilton book signing event, Ages of Pages.
So, without further ado, I give you Nicky Webber!
Plotter or pantser?
I’m a hybrid – I do some brainstorming and map out the basic structure and will map out the chapters with one or three key words. Sometimes I end up writing the whole chapter – I get so hooked into it! Handy really – as first draft already done! But that doesn’t work for all of the chapters but trigger words of phrases help kick start each section.
What are you currently working on, and what is the inspiration behind it?
It's taken a year for me to write Crow’s Song. It’s a love story between a boy in the Netherlands and a girl in London during the bombing and Nazi occupation of those countries. I’m writing it through their eyes in the first person so had given me some challenges. Am on 70,000 words with five of the last chapters completed. The bones of the story comes from my own parents experiences; they survived the war, met soon afterwards and immigrated to NZ. My grandfather worked in the underground resistance ferrying Jewish families out of Poland across the borders and onto boats to Sweden. He was often away for six to 12 months, while my grandmother raised 5 young children without a husband. Lots of wild and wonderful stories through the teenagers eyes at the time. Doing research and making sure it follows historical fact has been where a lot of time has been taken up but I now think its in good shape so am enjoying the creative writing part of the process. It should be available to read in February next year after professional editors and proof-reader have worked their magic!
What do you do when writer's block hits?
I don’t believe in Writers Block. I sit down and I work. Some days I am tired and other days I am up and at it. That’s life. I don’t waste time waiting for inspiration – that’s a disaster. Writers Block is when you have trapped yourself in a number of ways, story has a weak link, doesn’t flow, haven’t really thought that section through thoroughly. If this happens a lot its wise to do more detailed planning before you start. Saves you a lot of angst down the track.
Who are your favourite authors and why?
Ian McEwan is a great British writer. He has the right balance of strong story told with intelligence and wit – the humour is so good at times I laugh out loud. The story is strong and engaging – love everything he’s written.
Gabriel Garcia Marquese – Love in the Time of Cholera is humerous, rich, colourful and just genius!
Boo Walker and Nicholas Sparks are also good reads – feel totally immersed in the lives and minds of their characters. I do read a lot of women authors too – Jane Harper’s mystery/suspense novels are brilliant.
What is your favourite genre to read? And what is the genre you write?
I fictionalise true stories to protect the identities of real people and tell their amazing stories. I’m in Biographical Fiction, Contemporary & Historical Fiction – most have a love story and a satisfying ending. Personally I read across a variety of genre and feel inspired and motivated by other authors. I am easily bored so don’t like to read the same old thing.
If your life story was to be made into a movie, who would play you?
Julia Roberts – when she was younger of course!! Hahha.
About Nicky Webber
Originally a journalist, Nicky loves true stories and picks over the bones of real-life tales, before recreating a narrative, rich with emotional turmoil.
Born in New Zealand, she lived in South Africa for many years before returning home in 1994 where she worked as a business manager. In recent years, she has stepped away from the corporate world and resumed her passion for writing.
Her books focus on biographical fiction based on the real-life stories of ordinary people engaged in secretive and extraordinary lives. She enjoys writing both contemporary and historical novels.
Nicky lives in Cambridge, New Zealand, where she writes and blogs https://nickywebber.com/ with excerpts and updates of her work. Follow her author page on Facebook nickywebber.nz or contact her on email@example.com