Author Interviews

Interview with Nikka Michaels on 13-January-2014

Author's Interview

Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Nikka.
I grew up in Washington state and went to college for an anthropology degree. My family has moved around a lot but currently I live in Portland, Oregon. I love to cook when I’m not writing so I spend a lot of my time at the Farmers Market when it’s in season. I’m a book nerd. I love the library.

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I’m a total foodie but I hate all seafood...except shrimp.

When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I’ve always been interested in it but for me it didn’t develop until later in life.

Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
Yes and no. It’s always fulfilling seeing a project come to fruition but the thing you have to realize is that publishing moves very slowly. Learning to be patient has been a huge thing for me.

How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
I did the embarrassing squee jump up and down dance.

What's your favorite part of writing a book?
Getting all the ideas out of my head and onto the page. Also, it’s always fun when I get the honor of co-writing with someone.

Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I do. Always reading and writing. I love A.J. Rose, Abi Roux, Mary Calmes. Right now I’m reading book three of A Matter of Time.

Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
Paranormal is fun. I’d love to try my hand at a mystery or thriller.

Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
My most recent release is a novella from Evernight Publishing called Chasing Matt. It was ridiculously fun to co-write with Eileen Griffin. It’s about a lonely geeky guy finding a hot male nurse who wants to take a chance with him after they meet in the emergency room.

What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I have a short male/male paranormal romance story in The Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition shifter anthology coming from Evernight Publishing. It’s called Waking Up Wolf and is my first attempt at paranormal romance. Also, I have a few more projects in the works, so stay tuned.

Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading and supporting writing. You could be reading anything in the world but you taking to time to read my words is seriously the best feeling. Thank you.

Nikka Michael's most recent release:
Chasing Matt

Chase Williams is a gorgeous but painfully shy web designer whose long term boyfriend dumped him for being such a “nice” guy. Instead of meeting his buddies at the local bar for a drink he helps his elderly neighbor with a DIY project. When a wobbly step ladder leads to a banged up wrist and a trip to the ER Chase is convinced it’s the worst night ever. Then he meets his handsome nurse.

Matt Owens is the boy next door who loves working in the busy ER. He’s more than ready to clock out from his double shift until he meets his patient in Bed 4. Matt’s bedside manner is charming enough to make Chase consider throwing caution to the wind and going after what he wants for a change. But will Matt’s attraction to Chase be enough to make him to break his rule about never dating patients?

Excerpt from Chasing Matt:
Nurse Matt Owens paused and held my eyes for a minute before leaning over to type some notes on the computer. My skin flushed when he looked away. I liked the feeling of his eyes on me. I only wished he did it with personal interest instead of the clinical way he evaluated my injury.

I shifted on the stretcher as he gently manipulated my wrist, his hands steady and warm through the gloves. The pain was mostly manageable, until he held onto my forearm with one hand, and flexed my hand backward with the other. I jumped and yelped, unable to hide how much even that small movement hurt.

His eyes were sympathetic, but his hands remained firmly on my arm, steadying me. “Sorry. Bad news? There’s a lot of swelling, and the skin is already turning a nice shade of purple.”

He looked back down at my wrist, and manipulated my fingers and wrist again. When he held my hand still and slowly moved his thumb in circles over the top of my wrist, my breath hitched. The pain of the injury mixed with a deeper pleasure that shot straight to my cock. I quickly shifted my good arm to cover my lap.

“Pain?” Matt’s concerned eyes met mine as he moved his thumb, gently rubbing the swollen skin between my thumb and pointer finger.

“A little.”

“Pressure points can help alleviate pain sometimes, but right now you’re too swollen to receive any real benefit. This pressure point is called the Valley of Harmony, but I’m sensing this is less than harmonic for you.”

I thought I saw the smallest hint of a smirk on his lips, but I couldn’t be sure since his face was still tilted down toward my arm. I cursed at myself for getting turned on by a nurse’s clinical exam.

“I’ve just called for a tech from Radiology to escort you down for your scans. Do you have any questions?”

I laughed under my breath. Did I have any questions? A whole litany of questions came to my mind ranging from where the hell was the exit so I can finally go home to what’s your phone number.

After I settled on the new stretcher, the tech wheeled me down the hallway towards Radiology. All I thought about was whether Matt would be there when I got back from the tests. If he was, and I hadn’t killed anyone from the pain taking over my whole body, maybe I’d actually work up the courage to strike up a conversation that had nothing to do with sludgy coffee, sucky fluorescent lighting, or beautiful ER lobbies, and get to know more about Nurse Owens. Maybe I’d embrace the new Chase Williams like Brett wanted me to and actually go after what I wanted for the first time in my life.



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