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Lisa de Nikolits – An Interview…

July 28, 2015
mandyevebarnett


LisadN01smallerWhat is the title of your most recent book?Between The Cracks She Fell.

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Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This is my fifth book – all my books have been published by Inanna and I love being one of their authors. They have such a commitment to giving voice to stories that unafraid to explore the tougher things in life.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. I hope to show the complex interplay between real life and religion, to show what happens when our lives derail though no fault of our own and we are left to pick up the pieces. There are times in all of our lives when we feel terribly alone and abandoned by all that we put our trust into – I wanted readers to come on a journey with me and a young woman who falls between the cracks and has to make some difficult choices, some of which involve murder.

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Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Actually yes! The idea for the entire book came to me when I was talking to a new friend and I discovered that he had been disfellowshipped by the  Jehovah’s Witness church. His family, even his twin sister, swore never to see him again unless he repented and to this day (that was seven years ago), they have stayed true to their word.

I was very moved by this and I asked him if I could write about it, imagining his life, have him as my muse. He agreed and I have kept him in the loop of all the twists and turns of the book. None the book is reflective of his life, apart from that religious aspect.

Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

Great question! I love my evil male villains. Hans in A Glittering Chaos, Rydell in The Witchdoctor’s Bones, Mickey in West of Wawa, and now, Lenny in Between The Cracks She Fell. Why? Because they are such enormous fun to write! I swear I might have multiple personality disorder because I really feel as if I have lived their fragile and evil lives. They are only secondary characters but I love them so much.

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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would change the beginning in The Witchdoctor’s Bones. I would start with more action and less narrative and dialogue introducing the characters.

Do you nibble as you write? If so what’s your favorite snack food? Chocolate-covered peanuts! South African coffee called Ricoffy. Chocolate-covered pretzels are also good, along with rum-flavoured toffees!

What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline? I think the reward is having made the deadline! I’m usually so tired by that point that I fall into bed and crash!

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Have you ever hated something you wrote? No. I do think I am improving as a writer though and for me, that’s the most important thing. But I would never hate anything I have written because it was written in a time when that was the best I could do. And I am always proud of myself for trying. So many people out there want to write but don’t (because yes, it’s hellishly hard), so I am always grateful to myself (and to the words) for trying to say something.

What book do you wish you had written? I wish I had written The Night Stages by Jane Urqhart.or Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

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What genre is Between The Cracks She Fell? I am genre-less! But if pressed I’d say it is literary fiction with elements of crime and noir.

How do we find your books, blog and bio? All info here:

Bio and links:

Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.

Lisa de Nikolits is the author of five novels: The Hungry Mirror (2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women’s Issues Fiction and long-listed for a ReLit Award), West of Wawa (2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick). A Glittering Chaos tied to win the 2014 Silver IPPY for Popular Fiction. Her fourth novel, The Witchdoctor’s Bones launched Spring 2014 to literary acclaim and her fifth novel, Between The Cracks She Fell will launch in Fall 2015. Lisa has a short story in Postscripts To Darkness, Volume 6, and flash fiction and a short story in the debut issue of Maud.Lin House. She will also have a short story coming out with the Mesdames of Mayhem, in the anthology, Thirteen o’Clock, also in Fall 2015.

Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has lived in Canada since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has also lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.

 Lisa de Nikolits is the author of five novels: The Hungry Mirror (2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women’s Issues Fiction and long-listed for a ReLit Award), West of Wawa (2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick). A Glittering Chaos tied to win the 2014 Silver IPPY for Popular Fiction. Her fourth novel, The Witchdoctor’s Bones launched Spring 2014 to literary acclaim and her fifth novel, Between The Cracks She Fell recently launched in Fall 2015. Lisa has a short story in Postscripts To Darkness, Volume 6, 2015, and flash fiction and a short story in the debut issue of Maud.Lin House as well as poetry in Canada Woman Studies Journal (Remembering, 2013, and Water, 2015).

Links: 

www.lisadenikolitswriter.com 

twitter: @lisadenikolits

www.facebook.com/lisa.denikolits

http://www.goodreads.com

LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1r8H9Df

 http://www.wattpad.com/user/LisadeNikolits

Guest Interview…Lisa de Nikolits

March 31, 2012
mandyevebarnett


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I have had the great pleasure of meeting my next guest author. She is the most delightfully funny and engaging person. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa de Nikolits…

 1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

That’s one of the most difficult questions I’ve ever had to answer! I love my nameless protagonist in The Hungry Mirror because she breaks my heart. I love Benny (from West of Wawa) because she makes me laugh and she makes me happy with how she develops. There’s a character in my new novel that I love, Helen. In my earlier drafts of the novel, Helen is murdered but I decided I liked her too much for her to die. I like Melusine (another character in a totally new work.) I have no idea where Melusine came from but she’s so formed, so admirable, so strong and I love her. But I’m not answering your question, am I?

So, my favourite…uh… can I get back to you on that?!

 2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

 I dabble! My first novel is a work of feminist fiction, written in the first person with a lot of internal narrative. The protagonist is nameless; she’s everywoman trapped in the world of dieters, eating-disordered sufferers with issues with body-image. My second novel is also a coming-of-age tale about a young woman but that one’s written as a travel story; Benny, the protagonist travels across Canada by bus and her encounters are much less internal narrative – her emotional journey is told by the people she meets and the things that happen to her. My third novel, a work-in-progress, is a murder/mystery set in Namibia, with a cast of nearly twenty characters, with a mix of dialogue and internal narrative. I also write short stories. I recently completed an entirely new novel, A Glittering Chaos, which tells the tale of a middle-aged German couple whose lives derail rather spectacularly after a series of triggering events. I do write poetry.

 3. Have you got a favorite place to write?

I move around the house! In summer I write in the sunroom or on the back deck. Sometimes I write in the living room. Sometimes I write in bed. I do all my edits in my study, at my desk. But my MacBook Pro laptop, named Princess Uber Isis, is used to travelling!

 4. What inspires your stories?

There isn’t anything that doesn’t inspire my writing! I get ideas from things that happen in real life, from things I imagine, people I see, conversations I overhear. I also have faith in the creative gods – I open my mind to the endless possibilities of creativity and I’ve never been disappointed. I open my mind and my heart, and I invite stories to find life through my mind and hands and they come to me.

5.  Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

 I don’t belong to a writer’s group – I’ve attended workshops that I’ve found to be wonderfully helpful but I like to write by myself. One of the things I like best about writing is that it’s a solitary occupation which suits me. I’ve never really liked team sports of any kind; I prefer karate, horse-riding and yoga to any kind of team event and it’s the same with my writing. I love having dinner with my writer friends; we brainstorm and chat and inspire each other and I always leave feeling renewed and energized.

 6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?

 I don’t recall a time when I didn’t write. Or imagine myself as a writer. I had insomnia very badly as a young child and my Mom taught me to read very early on. So words have always been my friend, when everyone else was asleep. Books and words are holidays, friends, therapy and entertainment – pretty much a staple of my life.

 7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

 West of Wawa is available in-store in Indigo and Coles stores across Canada.

The book is also available on Amazon.ca – http://amzn.to/xY4d0B

Also available at Indigo.ca – http://amzn.to/w62lEB

Here’s a reading of West of Wawa on YouTube:

http://bit.ly/u5eyG2

And here’s a book trailer of West of Wawa, also on YouTube:

http://bit.ly/qXrJLn

8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

 Annie Proulx. I would love to hear anything and everything she’d have to say. I just know my writing would improve in leaps and bounds if I were to spend even ten minutes with her.

 9. Where can readers find you and your blog?

I’m really easy to find! Find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
I also have a website with reviews and comments about my books, with news on works-in-progress and pictures of events I’ve attended, as well as up-coming events.

I post a different quote on Twitter every day, a piece of writing that inspires me. I love researching my quotes, I find the exercise very helpful for my writing.

I’d love it if you’d visit my site: www.lisadenikolitswriter.com or contact me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I love getting connected with writers.

 10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

Without doubt, Luciana Ricciutelli, publisher and editor at Inanna, is my best supporter, my mentor and my encourager. She has had faith in my writing since the start and it’s thanks to her that I have two published novels and a third as a work-in-progress. Luciana has supported me by helping my writing grow, she has encouraged me to develop as a writer and she has supported me by entering me for awards (we won a Gold Ippy for The Hungry Mirror) and in getting our books reviewed and publicized. I also have another great supporter/mentor and encourager with my husband, Bradford Dunlop who is a wonderful photographer and creator with his fine-art photography (he’s won a bunch of awards and I’m so proud of him). He is incredibly supportive of me; he listens to me for hours when I ramble on about my writing at inopportune moments, he cleans the kitchen when I need to write, he doesn’t complain when I disappear into my study for days on end. He is an avid-reader and I respect his opinions of my writing and his input is invaluable. I run a lot of my character development past him and he’s a great judge what has potential or not.

Thank you Mandy for having me as a guest on your blog!

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