Interview with… Nikalee Livingston


Here starts my two weeks off, with the help of my good friend Nikalee. She used to have a great zine, and I sure hope she’ll get back to it, eventually! Trust me, she’s good, she was my favorite Aussie writer back then! 😉 Ladies and gents, please welcome Nikalee Livingston! 🙂

Where do you live and write from?

I live in the foothills of Perth, Western Australia. I grew up in the actual hills, surrounded by forests and orchards. Now unfortunately there are more buildings up there and consequently more people and traffic. It’s still beautiful, but it’s changed a lot.

When did you start writing?

Ever since I could! Creative writing was always my best subject at school and I was always writing stories at home. When life was unsatisfactory, I wrote stories to create a better one!

What genre(s) do you write?

Popular fiction, but lately my favourite genre is ghost stories.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
My inspiration is usually places I have visited. If they evoke a particular feeling or create an atmosphere for me, I love to expand on it. It’s a way of revisiting a place I guess! I usually put myself in stories, yes. In the beginning it was always me and my sister, though with different names.

Do you have a specific writing routine?

Not anymore. It used to be in the evenings after work as soon as I got all the chores out the way. I’d jot down notes as they occurred to me, then sit down and flesh them out.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Both – it depends how strong the idea is. I am definitely slow. I think I need a deadline to get me going! That, or a good reason to finish a story (eg it’s going to get published for sure).

Tell us about your latest book

Alas, there is no latest book… yet. But I’m not ruling one out for the future!

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I’d like to give Indie publishing a go, since I’ve heard such good things about it. Traditional publishing just seems too hard. I’ve tried it and I’m afraid I get discouraged too easily.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Not writing ones, no. A baby due in February can be considered a project I guess!

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

At the moment my only goal is to someday get back writing. Right now it is… pending. Small children and working (and therefore exhaustion) are not conducive to writing.

I guess she has her hands full anyway, huh? I know she’ll get back to writing some day… Thank you for stopping by, Nikalee, and best wishes for your life!

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3 Comments

  1. Lovely to hear Nikalee’s views. She’s a lovely person!

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  2. nikaleeanne

     /  18/10/2011

    Thank you Barb and Prue! I really do hope to get back into writing some day. I haven’t given up yet!

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  3. I know you haven’t, Nik! 😉 I’m sure Prue will love your writing as much as I do. We’re cheering for you! 😀

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