Ask the Author: Nicky Blue

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What would you like readers to know about you? 

I’m Nicky, I am from Brighton in England. I grew up fascinated by books like Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected and TV shows like The Twilight Zone. For years I played and wrote songs in an alternative rock band before going back to university and studying English Literature and Philosophy. I now have a passion for writing fantasy and dark comedy fiction. I love stories that dig beneath the surface of everyday life and play in the shadow worlds that we all have. 

  

What is ‘Escape from Samsara’ about for those who haven’t read it? 

Escape from Samsara is the first in the ‘Prochecy Allocation Series’ and it revolves around the hapless Barry Harris a man who has delusions he’s a freedom fighting ninja. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer and a raging inferno. 

  

What has been your inspiration for writing ‘Escape from Samsara’? 

I was a gardener for many years and lots of bizarre things happened to me I thought would make a good story. It now has over 100 five-star reviews across Amazon and Goodreads so I am blown away by how well it’s been received. 

  

What was your favorite scene to write? 

The wormhole scene! 

  

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

I love Douglas Adams, Andy Hamilton, Nick Hornby to name but a few 

  

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Write. Don’t think about writing, talk about writing, post updates about your great book idea, just write. Make a couple of hours each day and they are your writing hours nothing else except the end of the world should get in the way. Even then just write. 

Ideas come out of the ether it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any when you first sit down. Just write. The more you train yourself the easier it gets. 

If anyone would like a free copy of ‘Escape from Samsara’ come and visit me here:  http://nickyblue.com/freebie 

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