Monday, May 20, 2013

Author of the Week: Ni'cola Mitchell

About The Author

Striving to inject her unique flair into the realm of contemporary fiction, Award-Winning, Best-Selling author and blogger, Ni’cola Mitchell enter the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word at a Time.
Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, Ni’cola published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. Much of her work revolves around complex relationship issues and Mitchell’s compulsive desire to see women overcome challenges.
Over and Over Again was featured in the top ten by EDC Creations Recommended Reading List the 2009 fall season under Mainstream Fiction and Women’s Fiction. Ni’cola was nominated Self-Published Author o the Year with the African-American Literary Award Show for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Her short story “The Forbidden Rain” was featured in the Between the Sheets anthology which won 2011 Anthology of the Year with the African-American Literary Award Show.
Because of her outstanding representation of Las Vegas’ African American community, Ni’cola Mitchell was featured in the second edition of Who’s Who in Black Las Vegas. She is also a motivational speaker and literary consultant. Currently, she is touring across the country, speaking about the importance of going after your dreams and overcoming obstacles, and how to self-publish your book successfully.
When she isn’t writing, Mitchell loves to spend time with her family and volunteers as a mentor or youth activities. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she currently resides in North Las Vegas, Nevada with her two daughters Destani and Diamond. Ni’cola is also the CFO of Obsessive Soul Media and Co-Founder of the Baltimore Urban Book Festival. She holds a Bachelors degree of Science in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business.
About The Book

Sunny, a young attractive choreographer, is attempting to make a name in the industry. Upon attending a youth basketball game she has a chance encounter with DeVe, an entertainment manager looking to manage the next star on the horizon. The two women decide to become partners on the way to the top and over time they become friends.

Besides being young and naive in the entertainment industry, Sunny and DeVe have one other thing in common which can be an asset as well as a hindrance. They are both very gorgeous woman in an industry that sees them as nothing more than sex objects to be dismissed when real business is being discussed. During their rise to the top, both women face issues in the industry that seems to be more and more cut throat, so that is what they must become to gain respect. Issues come about as they try to stay consistent in their careers and at the same time hold on to their personal relationships.

From the pen of Ni'cola comes a story of two determined women who must manage their careers alongside their personal lives. During this journey, each woman experiences love and lost, heart-ache and pain, judgments and labels, as they find out that love is not the factor that walks away, people do.

Q & A with Ni'cola Mitchell
A&RBC: How did you become a writer? 
Ni’cola: My first novel was inspired from a dare.  I used to keep a journal of my thoughts and experiences.  I would share this with my close girl friends and family and they were intrigued that I wrote this.  So at my graduation party I was dared to write my first book.  I write about real life situations.  I take things that I have been through and situations that I see day to day to add the twist in my stories. 
A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book? 
Ni’cola: I can honestly say that even though all my characters are vastly different, they all possess the same underlying dynamic; they learn from their mistakes. That is the message that I would like to send to my readers. Even though life is hard, and everyone makes mistakes, I want the reader to look back into their own personal experiences and reflect on the choices that were made and learn from them.
A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be? 
Ni’cola: A controversial topic…. Hmmmm… If I had to choose, it would be domestic violence.  I was a victim of this, but was on denial when I was going through it.  There are many women that are in my shoes, and I feel that it is sometimes easier to acknowledge an issue via reading than admitting it out loud.
A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader? If so, what is your favorite genre of books? 
Ni’cola: I used to be an avid reader, but now more occasional.  My favorite genre of books are contemporary fiction.
A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why? 
Ni’cola: I just had the opportunity to interview my favorite author, and that is Francis Ray.  She has been legendary to me for several reasons.  She has plethora of titles under her belt, several contracts, and still an overall humble person.  I was introduced to Ms. Ray’s books by my late sister Janet Smith.  She was an avid reader, and shared her love of books with me. 
A&RBC: If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be? 
Ni’cola: I would make A Cold Piece a movie because the story line is so intense.  It has all the key components of a great movie such as: drama, sex, thriller, murder, mystery.
A&RBC: Which marketing/promotions or publicity strategy has worked best in your favor? 
Ni’cola: Social media has worked for me.  When I say social media, I am pertaining too Twitter and Facebook.  I also send out periodical eblast in regards to what’s going on in the company.  Publicity wise, I go on a full tour, and reach to devise media campaigns per city.  I believe that all of these together works for in my favor.
A&RBC: Which do you like better traditional or self-publishing? Why? 
Ni’cola: I own an independent publishing company so I guess I believe in both. 
A&RBC: What new projects are you working on? 
Ni’cola: I am currently working on four projects.  I am cleaning up my Spring release Love Don’t Walk Away…People Do, Beautiful Liar, He’s My Favorite Mistake 2 Arm Charm, and Pum Pum
A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
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