Featured Friday! Colleen Nye
Colleen Nye started writing as a teen. Through school days, she won awards for her poetry and short stories including a Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. As an adult, she now has short stories in Writing at the Ledges’ second and third anthologies, Seasons of Life and Voices from the Ledges, as well as various publications.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I would have to say the travelling. I am a bit of a taistealai, so the fact that I get to go all over the world when time and finances permit is something I love.
What made you start writing?
The voices in my head? Ha! Truly, it’s the characters, the worlds and the stories that have always come wandering through my mind. I felt like I had to get them down on the page.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Every author inspires me. Writing a book is not easy. Writing a good book is hard. But I suppose that Dean Koontz, Cassandra Clare, Greg Bear and Dylan Thomas are some of the authors I feel have pushed me hardest in what they do or did.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
My first thought is to say to write… just make time for it. That’s what I tell my students. But secondly, experience life. Read, watch movies and go out and do things. You can’t truly write what you know nothing about.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
That’s funny since I joke about this at my signings. Most of the books I’ve written have been romance on a primary level. The Unattainable Series is a romantic comedy trilogy. The Long Summer is a coming of age drama romance. But what do I read? My favourite book is Greg Bear’s Blood Music. Not a lick of romance in that book other than the passion for what he does and how it shapes the world.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
That’s a great question! While I do adore Grandma Mary from The Long Summer, I would have to say probably Colin Whelan from my upcoming time travelling series. But you’ll just have to stay watching my sites to see when it comes out and why him.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Greg Bear’s Blood Music. It completely changed the way I see the world when I was a teen. I also recommend Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. Oh! But of mine? Immersion. It will give you a look at what could happen if we continue to let virtual gaming shape the world.
My series, The Unattainable Series, was only supposed to be one book, When in Maui. It was my first novel, and it came about during my divorce. There’s a story behind it. What only some know about it is who the main characters are based off of and why – personality wise that is. There was plenty that my writer brain wanted to do with things, but my very dear friend, Carrie, is an integral part of this storyline, and she sometimes stops me and tells me I can’t go in that direction. So I have to huff, stomp my foot and bring it back around. But considering that her personality shapes one of the characters, I suppose I have to listen when she says “Colleen, I would never say that.”
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Live in a book just in the world or as one of the characters?
Just in the world, I’d have to say none of them. Ha! I mean, they either leave me in the same world I’m in or in either a dangerous world or one where women were oppressed. But then again, living in any Jane Austen novel would be beautiful as long as I wasn’t saddled as a peasant or with some terrible choice for a husband.
As a main character? Wow… there’s so many! How about Claire from Outlander? She’s got the set-up to make such a huge difference in the world of that time, AND you really can’t hate on the opportunity to have Jamie Fraser as a husband. He’s kind of epic with his protective nature and acceptance of marrying a very forward thinking woman for those times.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Stephanie Brown. She would make me look quite epic! Or Cassandra Clare since she would probably add in some rather unique and fanatical elements.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
So many films that I like started out as books. So that’s difficult. I’m not sure I can think of a big screen film. However, I really wish the television show Starcrossed was a book series. That show should have gotten more than a season, and I REALLY want to know more!
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Overcoming adversity with sarcasm, humour and adventure.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I have so many projects going on! But they all excite me since it’s another world I get to create to share with people, and I’m hopeful some will hold the experiences of reading them dear.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“You don’t write to become famous yourself. You write to tell everyone about your world and its characters. And if you do it right, they become famous.”
Colleen Nye can be found around the web, check out her sites below:
Colleen is also the owner of the Indie Publishing Company Blue Deco Publishing: