Hi, Niki! Thanks for joining us today!
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on or promoting.
My name is Niki Livingston and I wrote the book Theia’s Moons: Eyes Wide Shut. I am a mother of four children and a partner to one fireman. I work as a Senior Buyer for a Contract Manufacturer and I have been there since 2007. I write on the side, along with promoting my novel. Currently I am working on the second book in the Theia’s Moons series, Enyo’s Warrior. I am also working on a Novella which will be a prequel to Eyes Wide Shut.
If you could have a conversation with one person living or dead who would it be?
Jesus. This is why… I’ve read the bible and I find it unbelievable. I want the real story. Here is the hippie man from ages ago and people now believe he is the son of god based on a book that contradicts itself and has been rewritten and retranslated too many times to count. I would love to get his story. I would love to hear what he thinks of organized religion and the entitled world we live in now. That would be a conversation of a lifetime. And of course it would need to be recorded for the whole world to see, because who would believe I actually spoke to him J
If you could be any character in literature, who would you choose to be?
Some might find this strange, but I would choose Hester from The Scarlet Letter. The book has fascinated me since my mom bought it for me when I was twelve. I cannot count how many times I have read it, but Hester emanates strength, passion and love, while possessing the soul of a wild woman. She does not falter. She stands strong, even when most people would break. I admire her character above most others and I find the story to be a fascinating depiction of United States history.
Pirates or ninjas, and why?
This is a hard one! Pirates are dangerous and sexy and free souls, while ninjas are stealthy and disciplined and mysterious. If I have to choose, I would say pirates. I have always been a free soul and need the wind in my hair to feel alive.
Have you had to make sacrifices for your writing, and if so, what are they?
Less time with my family. I work full-time in the manufacturing industry and the only time I have to write is in the evening or on weekends. I work hard to juggle family life and my passion for writing but sometimes writing has to be done before I lose the information in my head.
What is your number one pet peeve when it comes to writing/reading books?
Being interrupted! My life is a whirlwind and when I finally get the time to write or read my number one pet peeve is being interrupted.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
For as long as I can remember I have written stories and all my teachers growing up told me I should be a writer. I wrote in private for a long time, aside from anything I turned in for school. About eight years ago I began blogging. I did it in small steps and was still nervous to put my words out to the public. Then about six years ago I decided to write a novel. It was then I considered myself a writer, although writing has been a part of me for most of my life.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
J.K. Rowlings. I know she most likely gets picked a lot, but she is inspiring. She rose from the ashes and became a queen. I find her books to be fun and enjoyable and seeing where she came from makes them that much better.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
Theia’s Moons has been a journey for me. I began writing it with a mentality of a Christian wife and ended it when I was divorced and had chosen spirituality over religion. The story has a direction and there is a method to my madness, so I do hope that after you read it you will want to read the next book in the series. It will hopefully only get better from here J
Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?
This is another tough one! I would love to have a giant bestseller, because that means people love my book. However, I don’t want to stop there. I want dozens of my books out in the world and I want them all to be a success.
Would you rather read a book that is poorly written but has an excellent story, or read one with weak content, but is well written?
Excellent story, but poorly written. Hands down. If it does not have a good storyline, it does not matter how well it is written… I will lose interest.
Do you think a writer should write every day?
Depends on the writer. Some can write every day. Others need to get away and refresh their brain. I fall into the latter group. I need to walk away from my writings and clear my head.
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Do you have any talismans, charms, superstitions, or music that helps you write? If so, what is the story behind them?
I do have a statue that has been my angel for the past few years. Funny story… I found her at a second hand store. She is an Indian princess playing a ukulele. Or that is what I tell myself. I don’t really know who she is. I just know when I bought her I was in a period of extreme transition and when I saw her we connected. She is there when I write and her positive energy inspires me to be better.
Give us one piece of sage advice on writing, relationships, or life in general.
Relationships… people always told me to never go to bed mad. Maybe that works for some, but it does not work for me. Sometimes I need to go to bed mad. When I do, I am better in the morning. My advice… go to bed mad. Go to bed frustrated. Go to bed when you are hurt or sad or heartbroken. Sometimes going to bed and getting sleep is the best thing you can do for yourself. Tomorrow is a new day with a new perspective. Go to bed mad.
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The wars ended years earlier. The people of Esaki pulled themselves together and learned to enjoy life again, despite their dwindled population. Malkia became leader of her town, not by choice but by the calling of God. She lived in a state of peace and turned to her source whenever she felt a need of strength. However danger was coming their way and it was time to face the reality of their situation. Malkia and her people travel through their broken world to escape the savages coming their way and learn more about their world, their lives and their true circumstances throughout their journey. Life is not what it seems and as their eyes begin to open to the truth, the world as they know it crumbles beneath their feet.
Malkia’s sad thoughts returned to the present as she stared at the quiet world outside. She had lived in this town her whole life and the thought of having to leave was breaking her heart.
The tears flowed as she thought of all her childhood memories. Her town had been a happy place back before the wars and had been far larger than it was now. She grew up feeling safe and happy; never thinking her life would be what it was now.
“The people from the skies changed everything,” Malkia whispered to herself, as a tear escaped down her cheek.
Her whole life blew up in her face during those days and she had been running away from the memory ever since. Now she had to decide for all her people, fight again or run for their lives.
The voice of the wanderer came back to her thoughts, “They will kill your friends and family. These people are savages and they will do anything to control the towns and people they come across. If I was the leader of this group I would run and I would run fast.”