“My overarching goal this year is to finish and publish a novel…”
— Nikki Carter
A member of the Writers’ League since January 2020, Nikki currently lives in Copperas Cove, Texas.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Nikki Carter: I’m a freelance writer, so I write a variety of content in that capacity and then personally, I write poetry, personal essays, and I’m working on my first fiction novel. My published work can be found here.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
NC: I’m going to say Mary Gaitskill, because I love her prose. I would want to know all about her writing process! How does she stay organized? Does she schedule blocks of time to write? etc.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
NC: This is a hard one. I’d probably just take something super long, so that I have something to occupy my time. Maybe it would be a perfect time to read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
NC: I just joined, but I’m looking forward to meeting other writers in the area.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
NC: My overarching goal this year is to finish and publish a novel based on my personal experiences with toxic relationships. Sort of in the vein of “Normal People” by Sally Rooney.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
NC: I admittedly have not read a Texas-related book lately, but am open to suggestions! I’ve been trying to read more women and people of color and I just finished On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and loved it.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
NC: Outside of my freelance work, I run a weekly jobs newsletter for women of color. Oh, and my best friend (who is also a writer and lives in AR) and I are hoping to launch a writing retreat this fall!
Thank you, Nikki!
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