Welcome to the Inkitt Icons Interview Series! Every Saturday for the next few months, we’ll be sitting down with one of our Inkitt Icons to have a chat about what makes them tick as an author. From their writing rhythms to their struggles and successes, and everything down to their motivational mottos, we’ll gain a glimpse into their creative minds and explore the literary passion that led them to become such an influential presence on Inkitt.
To kick us off, we chatted to NKPockett, an avid writer and an equally avid procrastinator, she admits. Her novels range from the laughter of romantic comedy to the dark depths of fantasy and fairytale. She is currently working on The Tamed Rogue and Too Fat For Love.
Hello NKPockett! Thank you for interviewing with us. We’re excited to hear all about your creative process. What is your ideal writing set up?
Ideally I would like to be in a cute, cozy library or a coffee shop with a bottomless beverage, and be left alone to type as much as I want. Realistically I sit in my room, on my bed, two days before an exam and write 10–15 chapters to finish a story I started 3 years ago.
Wow, juggling speedwriting with exams is not an easy job—it seems only natural that reality diverges from the ideal! When writing a novel, do you let the words flow or do you come up with a plan beforehand?
It’s a bit of both, I start the book with a ‘moment plot’. It doesn’t need to be a big plot, it can just be an event that I really want to happen. I can base an entire novel around that event, and the words just flow around it. So I would say it’s a mix of both. I’ve tried writing a story with a complete plot that I thought of in advance, but, when I started writing, the story took off on it’s own and it ended up surprising readers.
A ‘moment plot’ sounds like a fantastic concept for taming novels that have a mind of their own! What problems do you face when writing your books and how do you overcome them?
I’m bad with finishing books as I get bored really quickly. I think that’s just who I am; I am a very restless person in life and sometimes that shows in my books. So I usually write 10+ novels at a time, all different genres and story lines. Eventually through this process I finish 2–3 at a time. Some never end up going more than a few chapters, and others become published. I know it’s a messy structure but it works for me.
Sometimes the greatest mess can produce the greatest masterpiece. Who is your favourite character from your current book and why?
Isandra from Born for Royalty. She is an independent woman who is dedicated to her job regardless of what others say. I really admire the way I created her—she remains strong no matter what obstacles life throws at her. Others might find her strength intimidating, but at the same time she grows a lot throughout the book. I really enjoyed writing the novel and making her such a standout character. I introduced her to love in a very subtle way, so that readers know she’s in love without making it overly ‘cringey’.
Isandra sounds so inspiring! Speaking of which, as a successful Inkitt Icon, what are your top tips for authors who are just starting out?
Don’t give up, always keep practising. When I started writing nearly 5 years ago and published my first book Marriage by Law, you could definitely tell it was written by someone with very little experience. However, since then I have kept writing and I know my work is getting better. The way you build a story improves with practice. Don’t give up because you don’t have enough reads, comments or reviews on your story. The only person you need to write for is yourself, and eventually the audience will build. Things don’t happen overnight.
Great words of wisdom there, we admire your authenticity and determination. Looking forward, what genres would you like to try out in future?
I’d love to write (or complete writing) a thriller novel. I’ve attempted and started a few, but with my busy schedule at the moment I haven’t had a chance to develop them further than the introduction.
Well, we wish you luck for the thrilling future that awaits and we hope that it unfolds on Inkitt. Please may you describe Inkitt in 3 words for us?
Revolutionising publishing industry.
Awesome! And to finish off, how can our readers reach out to you on social media if they have any questions?
You can follow me on any of the following social media and ask me any questions:
Cool! Thank you so much and best of luck for the future.