Thursday, March 1, 2018

LDS Beta Reader Author Spotlight: Nix Whittaker and Parker Yancey

Welcome to our author spotlight! This week we are spotlighting authors Nix Whittaker and Parker Yancey. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek into their lives.

Nix Whittaker 

Why do you write?

Because I ran out of books to read. I was told, to help with my dyslexia, I should read. Now I struggle to find enough to read, so I started writing my own books.

What is your experience in the publishing world?

I have two series out, with my third coming out this year. I self-published so did every step myself. I’ve also published my mother’s books. Surprised to find I’m really good at some of the aspects. Like cover design. This year I’m starting my own publishing company/author services. A kind of one-stop shop for people who have no idea how to self-publish.

What regrets do you have in your writing career if any?

Rushing my first series. I was learning as I went, and it isn’t as great as it could be. Also, you only publish your first book once, and I wish I had savored it a bit more and enjoyed the victory it is when you publish your first novel.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in South Africa but moved to New Zealand when I was 12. So half half, but I see New Zealand as my home as I now have lived here for twice as long as I lived in South Africa.

How did your childhood have an influence on your writing?

Being dyslexic influences my writing a lot, and it certainly impacted my early years as it made me question whether I was capable or not. Now when I write I like quick-paced books that are low on description because when I read, that is how I read. I skip the description as with dyslexia every word is a chore to read.

What genre do you write and why?

Science Fiction Romance is my main genre, but within that, I also write Steampunk/fantasy.

Nix Whittaker grew up amongst snakes and sugar cane in South Africa but traded it in for volcanoes and earthquakes when she moved to New Zealand. There she studied English at University and teaches at a High School in the shadow of a live volcano. She is surrounded by friends, family, and a screed of pets.

Hara hasn’t had an easy life. Her father was a con man and used her for his cons until they were caught and she was thrown into prison. Hara just wants to stay out of trouble now that she is finally free of her father.

Gideon is a mathematician but that isn’t what makes him interesting. He has been kidnapped by revolutionaries, and they are about to be in a lot of trouble because they don’t know he is also a dragon.

When Hara rescues Gideon, she knows he is going to be trouble. Like accidentally stealing a pirate ship and working for the bad guys. If they don’t get out of this trouble, they just might start a war between the Wyvern Empire and Rosha.

Parker Yancey

Why do you write?

I have stories in my head that need to escape. I just need to make sure these funny little black squiggly things convey them correctly.

What is your experience in the publishing world?

None, though I am currently working on materiel for a short-story magazine.

What advice do you have for young writers?

Write what you love. It is worth it. You don’t have to sell books to be a creator or even a writer. Take advice well, but learn to recognize bad advice. Trust those who know your vision for your stories the most. Online peeps can only do so much.

How do you maximize your writing time?

Sundays? Finish schoolwork first, then get other distractions out of the way next.

What goals and dreams do you still have in the writing field?

Learn something from the Fanfiction that I currently use writing time for, and then leave it alone.

Publish my stories.
Help other authors.
Teach Creative Writing.

Favorite author? Favorite Book?

Brandon Sanderson, and Hayao Miyazaki.

Where did you grow up?

Washington State.

How did your childhood have an influence on your writing?

Not much, besides my incessant love of the Lego Bionicles franchise, which taught me how to tell a good story.

What are your other favorite pastimes?

Writing. Sharing things with friends. Playing beautiful video games.

What genre do you write and why?

Fantasy. I want to explore what has not been explored, or in different ways. Also soft science fiction, when i get the chance.

I enjoy making worlds. The characters come to me, and simply ask that I fill the worlds with them. I nurture them as they grow, and they determine the course of my stories. I am currently engaged in a serial Fanfiction, though my other worlds will be revisited soon.

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