I live in New Jersey.
Tell us your latest news?
Well, I just came out with my newest book, The Crow Box!
When and why did you begin writing?
Around second grade. I was more into telling stories than writing them down, but once I figured out that I could write the stories down and save them forever, I was in love.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I can’t remember a specific moment, but I think I started calling myself a writer when I became serious about it—somewhere in high school. I began writing every day and it became a part of my identity.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I went on vacation with my family and got really bad sun poisoning. I wondered what kind of a life a person would have if that sort of thing happened to them whenever they went into the sun. Thus, The Sunshine Series began.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I do, but I also think every writer likes to think that. Genre-wise, I stick to dark themes and imagery, but I think the actual style of writing changes with each book and each character telling the story.
How did you come up with the title?
The title for The Crow Box basically comes from the story itself. There is a box, and inside the box, there are black feathers…among other things.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That things aren’t always as they seem, but sometimes, they are exactly as they seem. Sometimes when things are straight forward they’re more terrifying.
How much of the book is realistic?
Besides the paranormal elements, everything is pretty realistic. J
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are always a few pieces of myself in my stories—whether I do it on purpose or accident.
What books have most influenced your life?
Probably every book I ever read. Lol. I learn what I like and don’t like every time I read. But I will say that early on, Anne Rice was one of my favorites and really made me fall in love with the monster as an outcast. I think that’s a common theme in my stories as well.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Neil Gaiman or Anne Rice.
What book are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu. It’s a vampire novel that predates Dracula and it’s really interesting and beautifully written!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Again, pretty much any of the authors I own books by. Lately I have been leaning towards the surrealism of Murakami, but I also like some crime thrillers lately as well.
What are your current projects?
I have about four going at any given time. Lol. Right now I am working on the sequel to The Crow Box, a poetry book, a science fiction story, and a continuation of one of my vampire novels (Animal) called Human. Whatever grabs my attention the most will be the next realease!
What would you like my readers to know?
That I love them! But seriously, I love anyone who gives my books a chance and I love talking to them as well. Anyone can join my Facebook group (Nikki Rae Fans) and hang out with me! J
The Crow Box
The Shadow and Ink Series
Genre: New Adult Dark Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: January 15, 2016
Number of pages: Around 100
Word Count: 55, 323
Cover Artist: Nikki Rae
The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn't sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?
About the Author:
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Nikki-Rae-394844663902407/