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Author Interview Nicole Black
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
- I don’t know if this qualifies as something weird but when I am alone my favorite thing to do is completely unplug. No tv, no cell phone, no electronics. I love to grab a good book and sit in my backyard reading.
What is your favorite quote and why?
- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
- This quote really drives home the point that we all have a purpose for being here. The trick is to find yours.
Who is your favorite author and why?
- My favorite author is Ray Bradbury. In the early 80’s my father was friends with him and turned his short story, I Sing the Body Electric into a television movie called, The Electric Grandmother. I had so much respect for Mr. Bradbury, he was so creative.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
- The most important element of good writing to me relates back to the story. Does it have a defined beginning, middle and end? Does the author know where their story is going? If those things are in place, it makes reading incredibly enjoyable.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
- This book came to me from the ethers. There was a devastating fire in Southern California that broke out near Thomas Aquinas college. I live about 30 minutes away and became very interested in learning more about Thomas Aquinas. When I remembered the cardinal virtues and how he had been a philosopher, I felt that my Dad was urging me to write this book. I had been working on it for years but could never really nail down the ending. The fire sparked an idea and the rest as they say is history.
I Can Still Hear You
by Nicole Black
GENRE: action/adventure, women’s fiction with romantic elements
I Can Still Hear You is a powerful and deeply moving story which grapples with the universal pain of grief and the loss of a loved one. When Scarlett O’Connor loses her father at the age of 30, she’s forced to face the shambles that her life has become. With no money and no savings, the only thing that waits for her is a cryptic map and a mysterious letter. With nothing left to lose, she embarks on a trip to Maui for her father’s final adventure, to begin a treasure hunt which will force her to look deep inside herself and come to terms with her pain and grief.
Accompanied by her less-than-supportive fiancé, a close childhood friend, and an enigmatic man who was her father’s old acquaintance, Scarlett must decode the mystery and find the hidden treasure. But she knows she must face her fears alone, and calling upon the spirit of her father for guidance, she struggles to reconcile her emotions and uncover the treasure before her time in Maui comes to an end.
Perfect for fans of contemporary and women’s fiction, I Can Still Hear You is a gripping tale which will resonate with anybody who has struggled with the death of someone close. This book is a testament to the fact that even though we may have lost them, our loved ones stay with us no matter what challenges we face.
Excerpt: Chapter 1
The hospital room may have been silent, but it was far from peaceful.
The mechanical sounds of the machines melded with the all-too-human sounds of my father’s ailing body slowly giving up its fight. The resulting cacophony was anything but comforting. Though his heartbeat was steady, his breathing was a tortured, sawing rasp, a constant reminder that each intake of air could be his last.
The sound of the clock ticking on the wall reminded me of my grandfather’s old stopwatch. I made a mental note to ask my Dad about the whereabouts of the watch.
He had very little time left.
I knew that from the way the medical staff had left me alone with him. They’d been a constant presence these past few weeks, buzzing about the room, telling me in hushed whispers that this time was near, but I hadn’t really believed it. Those doctors had said, after his lung transplant six years ago, that we could expect him to live two to five years more.
But things were different now. He sounded different. He looked different, smaller, frailer. He even smelled a little different, as if something inside his body was going very wrong. And this was the first time all the doctors and nurses had stopped hovering nearby with a new drip or medication to administer. A nurse usually came in to open the curtains in the morning, but no one had been in for hours.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nicole Black is an author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing unique stories and helping people grow. For over 20 years, she’s worked in the business world as a corporate trainer in employee productivity and effective growth, where she’s helped some of the biggest brands in hospitality and entertainment grow sustainably through inspiring their employees. She’s been featured on platforms including TEDxWilmington, Jack Canfield Show, Santa Barbara News Press, The George DiGianni show, and the Tom Barnard Show.
Through her writing, Nicole hopes to empower her readers and impart valuable lessons about grief, loss, and emotional growth. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her wonderful daughter in their home of Santa Barbara, California.
Instagram: @WriterNicoleB and @nicoleblackauthor
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