Interview With Nicolette Pierce
RB: Hello Nicolette. I really enjoyed reading The Big Blind and am happy to have the chance to interview you. I know you’re working hard on your next novel and appreciate you taking the time to do this.
So, tell us a little about yourself, when did you start writing?
NP: I never pictured myself as a writer, although I always thought it would be a fun thing to do. I had attempted a few novels in the past and was never able to move the story along. My background actually started with a degree in TV and Video Production with a certificate in Cinematography. I worked for PBS and FOX for awhile before deciding it wasn’t really the path I wanted to follow. I didn’t know what path I wanted to follow. So, for the following thirteen years I worked in an office, first as an Administrative Assistant and then moved my way to Accountant. That wasn’t my desired path either. I was lost, but grudgingly accepted my lot in life. Not everyone can have a dream job. That was the case until I stumbled across Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. I gobbled up her books like chocolate and found my writer’s “voice”. In the summer of 2011, Mars Cannon was born and Nadia Wolf was right behind her.
RB: Tell us about The Big Blind. What made you pick Las Vegas as the location and how did Nadia Wolf come about?
NP: The Big Blind came about because of my husband. The man was obsessed with Texas Hold‘em for about five years. And while he talked my ear off on the subject and watched poker tournament after poker tournament, Nadia Wolf was taking shape. Simply, there aren’t enough female poker players, and I thought, “What if . . .” And anything can happen in Vegas, right? It all fell into place.
RB: There is a main plot and a sub plot and it flowed nicely. In fact it’s one of the things I really enjoyed about your writing. You have a way of keeping the story flowing and not breaking stride. Does your writing come naturally or is it something you worked at?
NP: Thank you so much! I think it might come naturally, but I do tend to enjoy stories that have subplots so I might be mirroring what I like. It also might just be the way I write. I tend not to preplan too much. The characters take on life and they control the story, even the sidekicks. I’m currently working on a novel now and I had thought a new character was going to act a certain way. He refuses to cooperate. He’s now in control.
RB: Now, from your website I see that there are more Nadia Wolf books, High Stakes, Cashing Out and Squeeze Play and you’re working on more books that go into the other characters of The Big Blind, telling their stories. By the way, that’s ingenious, will we get more books starring Nadia or is Squeeze Play the last?
NP: So far, Squeeze Play is the last for Nadia. Her story circled so nicely I didn’t want to over write it. It’s like beating a reader over the head with a club. But, like I said before, I don’t have much control over my characters. If Nadia wants another book, she’ll insert herself somewhere.
RB: So is there anything you want to tell our readers?
NP: Yes. I want tell them how much their support means to me. I’m a happy independent author because of every reader who took a chance on my books. Their ratings, enthusiasm, and word of mouth are incomparable. Without them my stories would be sitting on a virtual shelf collecting virtual dust. They breathe life into stories. So, a big and heartfelt thank you!
RB: Thank you so much for letting us get you know you a little better and I look forward to reading more of your work. You really are an exceptional writer.
NP: Thank you so much, Ronald. I appreciate the opportunity. I look forward to reading your work as well.
Here is the amazon link where you can pick up a copy of Nicolette Pierce’s The Big Blind