Mikki Noble Interview Published on: 19, Feb 2020

Who first introduced you to romance novels? When did you decide to start writing your own?

My mother was always a big reader, but I wasn’t. I preferred music as a kid. It took a long time for me to get into reading. I picked up a Nora Roberts novel on a midnight shift at work one night and started writing stories, then I found a Rick Riordan book, “The Lightning Thief” and I put my love of romance stories into a teen fiction novel and that’s where Piggybacker came from.

Since how long have you been living in Ontario, Canada? How many cats and guinea pigs do you have?

I was born in Ontario, but split my time between Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. I moved back home to live near my family back in 2012. I have six cats and three guinea pigs. Two cats I adopted after my father passed away.

What was the first poem that you wrote at age eleven about?

It was an “I miss you” poem for my uncle, who passed away months before. It was probably horrible, but it started a chain reaction that kind of led me to where I am today so I’ll always be grateful for that heartfelt, but tragic poem. I like to think my uncle would have been proud that I at least tried.

How did you find your niche in teen fiction?

I love answering this question. When I wrote my first romance, I enjoyed it but not as much as I’d hoped. I read a Rick Riordan book and it was only then that I realized I could put my sense of humor in my own writing. Teen fiction always seemed more powerful to me. They say you always remember your first; first love, first loss, first magical experience. That’s why I enjoy reading and writing teen fiction, lots of first, lots of emotion, lots of roller coaster events.

Which was the first romance book that you read? Why did you choose the paranormal romance genre?

It was a Nora Roberts novel. Why paranormal? I’ve spent my entire life wishing that things could be changed, starting with when my uncle took his own life. If the paranormal existed, I’d go back in time and try to save him. I’m sure we all have things we’d like to change. Magic has always been fascinating to me. Real life is always there, just get out of bed in the morning; paranormal isn’t. I feel like creating paranormal gives me an escape from every day hurdles and lets me explore way more options.

What do you learn about business and writing after you did diploma in both, Business Administration and Creative Writing?

My Business Admin diploma was practical. It wasn’t something I was passionate about, but I’m always willing to learn. I learned so much with both courses, but I was always more swayed toward writing than business. Being an independently published author, both courses had their benefit. I’m grateful for both of them.

How difficult it was to write the second book in the Vessel of Lost Souls series, "Limbonian" which follows the exciting life of Marley?

I loved writing Limbonian because I got to explore more of the romance angle of it and we get more into detail about who Marley is, where Piggybacker was more about Gavin and trying to save him.

Which is your favorite story in "From Ashes to Magic"? Do you wish to write more such anthologies?

Honestly, I loved each story in the anthology. I was so excited that the authors I’d spoken to agreed to be in the anthology. It wouldn’t be the same without them. My favorites would probably be Ryen Lesli’s Havenless and Melony Paradise’s Ordinary Fae. And yes, there will be another anthology this year. I’d really like to make it a series that we do every year. I’m releasing the theme of the second one on Twitter in June.

How did you first come up with the idea for Vessel of Lost Souls series?

As mentioned earlier, it was because I wished I was able to bring my uncle back. Piggybacker actually started as a short story for a contest I entered. I didn’t win, so I rewrote the story, made it into a novel and there you have it.

What challenges do you face while opening so many great possibilities

Finishing the story is one of my big challenges. I had planned to only write 3 novels in the Vessel of Lost Souls trilogy. As any writer will tell you, it’s the ending that is the hardest, because it’s a final, wrapping up each plot, saying goodbye to people we’ve come to know and love is hard. Who knows, in this day and age, I can’t say for sure that we’re done with Marley and Gavin’s story, but I am still only planning three novels, as of now.

Why do you think so many people love romance novels so much? Why do you read/write romance?

Love is something everyone strives for, something everyone needs, craves. It’s what life is all about. Not just finding that one true love, but family, having someone to talk to, grow with, learn from, someone who will always be there. Each time I read and write about this, I experience these feelings and I just love sharing that with others.

How did you come up with the title for your book, "The Last Atlantian"?

I wanted to write a new interpretation of Atlantis. Spencer turns a man into gold at the beginning of the story. The title stemmed from the explanation as to how she turned the man into gold.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself as an author in 10 years time?

I have quite a few writing goals, including one day working with Hallmark. I have plenty of ideas in mind, I am hoping to publish several standalones and trilogies. I’ve even begun to design covers. You can find me at Paracoze Designs on Facebook and Instagram.

What is the best writing tip you ever received and who gave it to you?

Honestly, I’ve received so much advice over the years. I’ve met some fabulous writers. The best writing advice I could offer would be ‘stay true to you’. You can’t please everyone. My editor reminded me the other day that as long as you put out something you are proud of, that’s all you can do. This is not always easy to remember, but it’s definitely the most important.

When did you join AllAuthor? What has your experience been like?

I joined in December. It’s been a great experience so far. One of my author friends suggested it and I’m so glad they did. Thank you for the wonderful adventure.

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