Name:  Nichole

*Username: rhetoric

Age: 25

*Gender: Female

How old were you when you started writing? When did you start?
Eleven or twelve, as I see a number of other writers started.  I started with a novel, because I'm a crazy person, but within a few years moved exclusively to poetry.  By fifteen, I was back on novels.  I guess you can say novels have always been my calling.  I'm a wordy person.

What was your first story, could we read it?
My first story was a fanfiction, though I didn't realize that was what it was at the time.  Now, I can't even remember the name of the series that inspired it - but I know there were like 11 or 12 books in the series and I had all of them except for the final book (which wasn't published, at the time) and I was so impatient to get closure on the story that I wrote it myself.  I'm afraid that even if I was brazen enough to share such a mess of a story, I couldn't.  It's been long lost to me.

What are you working on right now?
That's a very broad question for someone like me, haha.  I juggle multiple storylines at once because I'm restless.  The quickest way for me to list them would be to send you to my profile page - I have all of them listed there - but for now, I'll just list the ones that are most prominently in my mind, even if they haven't been updated for a little while. 

Wetwork; a trilogy set in a fantasy world known as Plunara that follows the paths of two main characters whose lives are irrevocably intertwined, during a time of great social upheaval and global warfare.

King of Thieves; a screenplay loosely based on the Disney movie 'Aladdin' - with a more adult theme and a number of surprising twists.  Aladdin, having grown up an orphan on the streets, has grown up to be a prominent street fighter.  Jasmine, the seventh daughter of eight, struggles against the expectations of her demanding, and abusive, father.

Atlas of Atlantis; the upcoming Queen of Atlantis seeks the one destined to save her people, accompanied by a ragtag group of new friends and her long-time guardian, only to discover her own hidden heritage, more than one missing piece of her life, and that the true savior of her world is not at all whom she expected it to be.

Ghosts of District 13; a spin-off fanfiction of Hunger Games.  Ruari, after volunteering in the place of a pregant woman in her District, discovers that life is about bitter misfortune and appreciating what she has while she has it.  Surrounded by blood and violence, she discovers that love has no concern for its circumstances and that she's not the only one capable of sacrificing herself.

Where do you get insparation?
You're going to think this is weird but the bulk of my ideas come from dreams.  In some cases, I actually write part of the story in my sleep and wake up chanting what I can remember.  Second to that is music; certain lines, certine melodies, certain voices, certain themes.  They all jumble up in my head and become something different.  In other cases, it's a subconscious accumulation of movies and books and offhand remarks from others.

When is your favourite time to write?
Evening, definitely.  My brain doesn't kick into the right gear very early in the morning, but evening time my writing usually flows very smoothly.

Do you prefer colaborative works or Solo, do you like both?
Both, almost evenly.  I like the freedom of Solo stories a little more, but just barely - I don't have to consider anyone else's characters or wishes, I don't have to keep track of plots that others were setting up.  But Collabs are always full of new inspiration and encouragement.  It's easy to get caught up in a new story when there are so many different people to input their unique ideas and thoughts.  In some cases it almost becomes a challenge to post as much as other authors in the story, which is hugely motivating.  It's always good to have companionship, to have people to bounce ideas off of and develop tiny details you may otherwise overlook.

How did you find Protagonize, are you on any other popular writing sites (Booksie, smashwords, wattpad ect.)
I can't recall, truthfully.  It might have been a facebook ad, or I might have been searching Google for writing sites.  It's probably the latter, but I can't be certain.  And yes!  I have used reviewfuse, but it's not as friendly and fun as Protag.  I still use oneword, but that's less community-oriented.  Protag is always my go-to, though.

Anything else you would like to share about yourself or your writing?
Nothing specific is coming to mind, I have to admit, so I guess just an overall statement about my writing style?  I typically write dramatic, dark fiction.  I love to incorporate elements of Fantasy and Sci Fi, even small doses of Horror when it suits me.  I don't like stories about young protagonists, I don't like stories that don't break my heart.  I think pain and trauma and sorrow make the reader feel closer to the protagonist, make them sympathize and form a bond with the character, and that's how I like to write.  I don't like glossed-over happy endings, or characters that are happy-go-lucky and niave.  I like realism to balance the fantasy.

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