My first Author interview :)
A little introduction:
Hi. I am Igor Nikolic, a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy author, who loves to take people on wild rides of imagination (with no hallucinogenic substances involved).
When did your love of books begin?
At a very young age. Everybody in my family is an avid reader so it was inevitable. But the defining moment was when I got my hands on the old, tattered copy of Dune by Frank Herbert. It sucked me in, opened my mind to an entire universe of possibilities. Books became wonderful worlds that I could visit any time I wished. I was hooked.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. Mostly journal entries, poems, and short stories that were not shared with anyone. Becoming a published author was always one of those desires that you have but don’t really believe could ever happen. Then I had an idea that was definitely not a short story, an idea that eventually became my first novel, “The Spaceship In The Stone”. I wrote the first chapters and shared them with a few friends online… the response was overwhelming. They wanted (in some cases demanded) to know what happens next, so I wrote the next chapter and the next… etc. At some point, I realized that I had enough material for several books.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
Exhilarating, challenging, rewarding. There are highs and lows, and a lot of technical stuff you need to learn. There are times when you are typing like a madman, trying to write down the scene that is playing out in your head, and there are times when you are looking at the blank page and hearing imaginary crickets. But when you are finished, lovingly gazing at those “The End” words you’ve just typed… oh, man… It is the best feeling in the world.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Persevere. If you have a story to tell—then tell it. It doesn't matter if it takes you a month or ten years to write one book, the important thing is that you finish it. Nothing is as sad as an unfinished story. Writer's block, lack of inspiration, not enough time… countless obstacles can get in your way—but you need to persevere. If you have enough time to only write a few sentences that day, then do it. Write down the plot idea that you are going to use ten chapters down the line, a piece of dialogue that would be perfect for the end of the book, an existential question that you are struggling with, but that could also be something one of your characters is dealing with. Write it down, because you are going to forget unless you have a perfect memory, and not many people do.
Tell us about your book/books:
“The Spaceship In The Stone” is the first book in The Space Legacy series. It is a Science Fiction Space Opera/Action-Adventure.
Blurb excerpt: “Michael Freeman is a disabled veteran who had just been fired from his mind-numbing cubicle job, which allowed his opportunistic girlfriend to dump him. Now, he only wants to spend some time at his grandfather's mountain cabin so he can unwind, away from the drudgery of daily life and with a cold beer in his hands.
Standing in his way is an ancient spaceship with an emotional AI, nanites that have invaded his body, an international crime syndicate, a suicidal FBI agent on a vigilante mission, terrorists... and that’s just the beginning.”
Currently, I’m writing the fourth book in The Space Legacy series, but only the first one is published on Amazon, the rest are on Patreon.
I also write another series, Adam Novus Chronicles, which is Urban Fantasy. For the time being, it is exclusive on Patreon, and in due time, it will find its way to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
What can one say about the writing/reading community except that they are an amazing group of people. No matter what their race is, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or economic status, all these people are united in their love of the written word.
The Internet, and the ability to effortlessly connect with others, is one of the best things modern technology made possible. The support I received from people all over the world was humbling and truly inspiring. Feedback, exchange of ideas, motivation… It would’ve been a hundred times harder to write without the help of people who I never met IRL, but who immensely helped me on my writing journey.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
I hope you liked my stories, I certainly enjoyed writing them.
And, of course, leaving a review on Amazon would really mean a lot—a few words about a book will go a long way. They help to reach new readers and in turn, help me to continue writing more books. (It's the circle of life kind of thing.)
Where can people connect with you?
My central hub is my site: www.IgorBooks.com, but people can also reach me at these little-known places: