Nikki Jefford

So I have done a couple different book reviews on the Aurora Sky:Vampire Hunter series which was written by Nikki Jefford so after having a taste of her work I couldn’t wait to complete the interview with her which I have now done. I was actually introduced to her by another friend of mine and I have to say I am thrilled to be a new follower. Her writing is amazing and I look forward to finishing the series. Thank you Nikki for doing the interview with me. Click HERE to read the book review on the first book in the Aurora Sky:Vampire Hunter Series and HERE for the book review on the second book Northern Bites in the series.

Check out all the books that we have listed by her here: Vampires

How old were you when you first attempted to write your first book and how long did it take you to write it?
I hand wrote my first “novel” in fifth grade. I bought one of those 120 page ruled spiral notebooks and filled the entire thing (front & back). My first official typed novel (a historical romance) was completed in thirty days during National Novel Writing Month in 2003.

What was your inspiration for Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I needed a way to get over my Spike and Buffy withdrawals.

How many books do you see being in the Aurora Sky set?
At least five. Seven if more issues come up along the way.

Who is your biggest supporter and why?
My husband, even though he hasn’t read my books. LOL. He’s given up countless weekends to format ebooks for me and organize my earnings and expenses. Without his financial support I wouldn’t have been able to work part-time the past few years during which I’ve written and published five books and two novellas.

In the first book Aurora has various “encounters” with different boys so what made you choose to put various ones in there including Scott?
Fane because I require a bad boy in every book. Dante for comic relief and because Team Hunter needed a dude—this isn’t Charlie’s Angels! And Scott Stevens as a caricature of the stereotypical lame brain high school jock who makes the dark, rebellious boys much more appealing in comparison.

Which character from the book do you most connect with?
Funny enough, Dante. I always want to joke around, especially in tough situations.

I am curious about the character Joss will he play a bigger role in any of the other books in the set?
Joss reappears in Stakeout, Vol. 2.5. He won’t be in volume 3, Bad Blood, but I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him.

Tell us something that you do that helps to put you in writer mode?
I need to be alone. Getting into the story is like going into a trance so the less noise, the better.

Which character do you connect with most on a personal level and why?
Probably Noel, especially after clearing her name in Stakeout. I relate to her tough, loner side. She doesn’t really date or make close connections. When she’s with her friends she laughs and jokes, but she has a painful past she keeps hidden.

What advice would you give to other budding authors that are unsure about how to move forward with publishing their own work?
Do your research. My friend S.M. Boyce, author of the Grimoire Saga, has a wealth of information at her Writer’s Corner. The Indelibles is another great indie resource with constant updates. Two books I found extremely helpful were “Indie Author Survival Guide” by Susan Kaye Quinn and “The Author’s Guide to Publishing Success” by Jeff Bennington.

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