I’m so happy to introduce fellow cozy mystery author, Nikki Haverstock to Author interviews, today.
Nikki Haverstock is a writer who lives on a cattle ranch high in the Rocky Mountains. She has studied comedy writing at Second City and has published 6 cozy mysteries that are heavy on the humor.
Before fleeing the city, she hosted a competitive archery reality show, traveled the world to study volcanoes, taught archery and computer science at a university and now works on her family’s ranch herding cattle. Nikki has more college degrees than she has sense and hopefully one day she will put one to work.
Nikki likes to write comedy pieces that focus on the everyday humor of one-uppers, annoying humans and the strange behavior of the ultra-rich. She tried stand up but the cattle weren’t impressed.
Welcome Nikki and thank you so much for coming on Author Interviews. Let’s start dishing!
1. Let’s start with something fun. What’s your favorite hobby?
I would say archery. I have been competing in recurve target archery (like what you see in the Summer Olympics) for 16 years. I have coached most of that time but since I am not coaching right now, I suppose it is mostly a hobby.
Additionally, I have a ton of crafty hobbies. I’ve quilted since high school (with the fabric stash to prove it), I take pictures of everything and I melt glass with a torch to make glass beads.
2. If you had the opportunity—who would you like to spend an afternoon with and why?
Tina Fey. I have a great deal of respect for how she has carried herself while not only being a comedy writer but also a performer. If you haven’t read her memoir, go grab it.
Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling are also top contenders, notice a pattern?
3. Coffee, tea, soda or something else?
I am 7 months pregnant so right now it’s lots and lots of water with small glasses of juice here and there and one precious cup of coffee that I savor. Before I was pregnant, I was drinking a lot of coffee. A big part of coffee drinking was the ritual of getting up from the desk, getting a cup (with a very generous helping of cream) and letting my mind wander while I sipped.
4. What are you working on right now?
Being pregnant is taking up a lot of my energy but I am thankful that I can still work. The second book of my Reality TV Cozy mysteries is in edits while I am writing the rough draft of my Target Practice Mysteries sixth book. Plus I have two co-writing secret project for 2017 that I am plotting with fellow authors.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
Wholesome and Funny. I want my books to be safe, fun little adventures that make you smile.
6. Do you have any advice for a person just beginning their writing career?
Read, write, revise and repeat.
7. Do you immerse yourself in new situations for writing ideas or do your ideas come to you through your normal, day-to-day life?
I am naturally curious so I am learning new things all the time (mostly when I am avoiding real work) but most of my ideas come not from deliberate research but from stumbling across something that sparks an idea.
8. Where can we find you on the interwebs?
I love it! Especially the tiny chihuahua peeking out from around the woman on your cover! Thank you so much, Nikki, for stopping by my blog today and telling us a little bit about yourself. Good luck on all of your “new releases”!
And so, gentle reader, stop by one of Nikki’s pages and say hi! There will have to be a baby picture posted somewhere. LOL.