The pen has always been mightier than the sword for Nichole Williams! Her love for all things written is evident in the things she surrounds herself with. Born in Denver, Colorado, the indie author’s talent is being recognized nationally! A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado, she started the Nichole Nichole deals with Reality Poetry Blog. Her messages and poems on her blog not only motivate and inspire but also brings a daily dose of “reality”. Her success has been noticed by many. She now sits at #40 on Feedspot’s Top 100 Poetry Blogs and Influencers.
Poetry is her first love but Nichole has also developed a passion for writing short stories. She self-published her first eBook, “Oh What A Night” in 2019, and followed that up showing her versatility by writing two romance and two mystery short reads. In 2020 Nichole has kept the momentum going with her new self-published eBook “Circumstances”, a mystery released in March. If being a super talented, celebrated author, and poet isn’t enough, she mentors young women of color in Beautiful Blessed Women, a group set up to support and empower in communities all around Denver, Colorado. Even with her meteoric rise in the literary field, Nichole finds time to be involved in many philanthropic community programs such as back to school supply drives, mental health training, and college tours for middle and high school students.
For her next project, she is writing a chapbook; a collection of poems dealing with the reality of life that all can relate too! With a passion for writing and a love for the community, you should expect Nichole to advance in the literary world and make a huge impact in the community in which she lives. Anything else just wouldn’t be reality!!!
“It feels amazing being a self-published author. I set my mind to something and boom it happens.”
VERSAFI MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
NICHOLE WILLIAMS: Writing poetry is where it starts. In 2018 I decided I wanted to reach more people with my poetry, so I started a poetry blog and then from there I started the author’s journey of publishing short stories.
VERSAFI: Poetry is very therapeutic and I love reading other people’s poetry! So was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
NICHOLE: Yes, in college I knew I wanted to do something with written communication, rather it is for a magazine, a newspaper, a TV show or just writing a book.
VERSAFI: Same here!! I had the desire when I was in college to write for my school’s newspaper and to freelance for other media platforms. Within your writing journey, who or what motivated you?
NICHOLE: Reading other poets and authors while attending college such as Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Stephen King, and James Baldwin, I knew I could do what they do. They captured their readers which I do as well. Also getting reactions from people who enjoy my writing motivated me.
VERSAFI: Reading other people’s work is always refreshing! That is so motivating as well! What inspired you to write your first book?
NICHOLE: It began when I entered a writing contest and didn’t win. I thought okay let me try something. I will take my short story and self-publish it and see what happens and many loved my story so from there I said writing stories is a continued goal in my life.
VERSAFI: Now that is a great inspirational story! Taking your own piece and run away with it to publish it. How does it feel to be a published author?
NICHOLE: It feels amazing being a self-published author. I set my mind to something and boom it happens.
VERSAFI: When you set your mind to something you want to do, a lot of accomplishments come out of that dream and vision. Well said! Now since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
NICHOLE: The challenges I have faced is being clear in my future stories. I have so many ideas they overflow and sometimes they get discombobulated because I’m so excited to write. Also finding those who will read my stories, I have my loyal base readers, but I want to reach more and that can be a challenge.
VERSAFI: I’m the same way! Having all these ideas running through my brain, sometimes I forget to write it down. LOL. What genre do you write on?
NICHOLE: I write Romance and Mystery stories.
VERSAFI: That’s a great and interesting genre to write on. For your books, What message do you want your readers to take away?
NICHOLE: I want my readers to be like wow she draws you in and makes you think and have different emotions.
VERSAFI: I think a lot of writers and authors definitely want that when readers read their book. Now that you are published, what does being an author mean to you?
NICHOLE: It means a lot, it means my pen holds weight in a world filled with blank pages ready to be written on with exceptional stories ready for readers to enjoy.
VERSAFI: Agreed! Where do you see yourself five years from now?
NICHOLE: In five years, I see me on a multi-city book tour for my poetry book or a thriller mystery book.
VERSAFI: Now that sounds like a great plan! You got this! So now have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
NICHOLE: Yes, many times, that is the goal and dream for me. To quit my full-time accountant job and be stable enough financially to write award-winning books every 6 months and live comfortably.
VERSAFI: That’s a lot of author’s goals! And me being an author as well, I would love to work for myself within my brand and with this magazine. Sometimes marketing can be a challenge so tell us about your marketing strategies as an author. Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
NICHOLE: It was hard just trying to figure out what avenue to take. I didn’t know if I should pay for promotions or how it all worked. I mainly just used word of mouth. Then I started to use social media outlets to get more exposure.
VERSAFI: Yes! Finding that right platform to promote can be a bit challenging, but social media is great as well to market your business and books. Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
NICHOLE: I am currently working on a chapbook for my poetry with a theme of going from being hurt to being loved and all the self-doubt, self-love, healing, and craziness in-between, which most can identify with.
VERSAFI: Sounds like a plan! So currently, how many books have you published in total?
NICHOLE: I have self-published five books, three romance and two mysteries.
VERSAFI: Awesome! With all these great reads you have available on Amazon, tell the readers how can they connect with you and support you?
NICHOLE: They can find me on: Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicholeandReality/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nicholeandreality/ Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19677716.Nichole_Williams and my website – https://www.nicholenichole.com/