Ask the Author: Nicole Belanger

What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m just a regular person trying to survive this world. I’ve been writing since I was 6 years old, and it has really become a safe haven for me. I’m currently in nursing school, which has been one of the most trying moments of my life. It is more stressful than I have ever imagined, but I am able to get some of that frustration down on paper through writing.
What is One Last Wish about, for those who haven’t read it?
One Last Wish is about a young mother who loses her daughter and has to fight her will to give up on everything. She starts to spiral down a dangerous path towards alcoholism, but meets a man at the bar she frequents who changes everything. Together, they set in motion a plan to find her daughter’s killer, and, in turn, justice.
What has been your inspiration for writing One Last Wish?
When I was writing One Last Wish, I was thinking about how easily one could choose between drowning their sorrows, or seeking the truth. I wanted to try something different, and add a little romance into the mix, which is something I hadn’t really done much before. I wanted to keep action in the plot, so I made it a romance/mystery. 
What was your favorite scene or part of One Last Wish to write?
I really enjoyed writing the opening scene, where Brooke finds out her daughter is dead, and her world falls apart. It was the deepest I’ve ever gone into a character’s mind, and it was a challenge for me to portray the thoughts and feelings of a mother losing her child, when I’ve never experienced that kind of loss.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
There was never a particular book or author that really “spoke” to me, that told me “you could do this, too.” But I was always a voracious reader, and I remember writing my own little stories when I was a little girl and wondering what it would be like to hold a book that had my name on the cover. In high school, I had a couple of teachers encourage me to take my writing furthur and pursue publication. The rest is history.
What advice would you give to authors who would want to write a book?
Just write. Your first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. There’s always room to edit. Just write, every day, even if it has nothing to do with your manuscript. Be open to constructive criticism, but write for you, not for other people. Don’t be afraid to tell the truth.

Where to find Nicole:

Instagram: @nbelanger6
Twitter: @nbelanger6

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