We are delighted to have best-selling author Nikki Ashton in The Hub today. 
Nikki is a successful self-published novelist and an inspiration to us all.

She currently has 18 novels to her credit.

Nikki lives in Cheshire with her husband, two dogs and lovely mum-in-law who supplies her with endless cups of tea. Nikki writes romance with a touch of humour and lots of love and hopes that she puts a smile on her readers faces.

Nikki, it’s great to talk to you and thanks for joining us in The Hub. Can we start by asking you what started your journey into the world of publishing?

I always wanted to be a writer, even at a young age so when self-publishing and Kindle came along it was the ideal opportunity for me to make my dreams a reality.

As an Indie Author, what are your thoughts on traditional publishing?

I’m not sure traditional publishing still holds the glamour that it once did. The days of books tours and huge advances seem to have gone. Also, I like the freedom that self-publishing brings. I can release what I like, when I like, with whatever cover I like. My success or failure is entirely down to me and my choices.

What is it you most enjoy most about writing?

Having the ability to evoke emotions in people. To know that my words can make someone cry or laugh is extremely uplifting. I also enjoy creating characters and worlds where I have the power.

Who are your top three favourite authors and why?

Roddy Doyle because his writing style is unique, and he pulls at your heart one minute and the next has you crying with laughter. Marian Keyes is another favourite for the same reason. They are two people who have actually made me laugh out loud while reading. My third would have to Enid Blyton simply because she was the person who got me into reading and whose books I couldn’t put down.

What are your writing plans for the next year / five years?

To carry on and hopefully grow my readership. I’d love for people to see me as their ‘go to’ author if they want to read a good book.

Do you write in more than one genre?

I predominantly write romantic comedy but have also written contemporary romance books too.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I’ve recently written a book in five weeks, but then another took me six months. I suppose it depends on whether I’m invested in the characters, or if inspiration is there.

What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Get yourself a good team around you. You need an editor, a proofreader and good cover designer. You also need to learn about Social Media and how to reach your readers, and people who could become your readers. Also, treat your readers, bloggers and other authors with respect – it’s them who will make or break you.

Is there a book that you wish you had written?

Bridget Jones’ Diary – it was the start of the ‘chick-lit’ revolution

How do you celebrate on publication day?

Hide under the duvet!

Do you have any rituals when writing?

No not really. Sometimes I like music playing, sometimes I like silence or other times I like the TV on in the background. I do like a cheeky rum and coke when I’m writing a sex scene though.

Dinner party invite – name three guests you’d like to share dinner with and why?

Victoria Wood (if she was alive), Peter Kay and Miriam Margolyes because they would all make me howl laughing and I could quote lines of Dinner Ladies to Victoria Wood and probably annoy her  

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

I have a phobia of drinking coffee from those awful glass mugs – ugh. When I was in my early twenties, I was once mistaken for Lady Diana in a kebab shop and me and my step-dad almost got on The Generation Game, as say almost, we filled in the form and got through to the next round but got turned down when we sent in our photographs and an essay on why we should get through!

Nikki, thanks so much for joining us. We loved chatting with you and wish you continued success with your wonderful novels.

Thanks for hosting me and happy reading everyone,

Nikki xx

Nikki's books:  AMAZON

Facebook: Nikki Ashton Books

Twitter: @nikkerash

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