Interview: with Nikky Lee

Nikky is an Australian-born, New Zealand-based writer. With a background in content marketing and copywriting, she has had an advertorial published in Nature Journal, interviewed a NASA engineer about the Mars mission and written an array of articles from cyborgs and big data to real estate and health insurance. She currently works as a content writer for a marketing agency in New Zealand, servicing clients across New Zealand and Australia. Her story The Longest Hour is in Breach #10. You can find her here, on Facebook or Twitter.

Hi Nikky, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am an Australian-born, New Zealand-based author. By day I write marketing content for businesses, by night I mine asteroids, meet wizards and dream up things that go bump in the night.

Do you have any particular writing rituals you are comfortable sharing?

I always need a coffee to get started. And a good playlist!

Are there any horror/fantasy/sci-fi tropes or sub genres which you feel are played out?

Tough question. No. People are good at finding new ways to reinvigorate a genre/sub genre. I recently read a very good article on how Grimdark fantasy is the new Sword and Sorcery. It made me think that tropes don't so much get played out, but evolve.

And vice versa, what tropes would you like to see more of?

Crass and witty female characters in fantasy. Not everyone has to be ladylike!

What books are beside your bed right now?

Quite literally: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (I've yet to read it, but it'll remain next to my lamp as a guilty reminder until I do). However, I'm currently listening to A Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark and reading Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.

Published or unpublished, what's the hardest scene you've written?

Probably the middle scene of a cyberpunk short story I wrote in 2011. I knew how the story started and how it would end, but the middle was hazy. Nutting out how to get the characters from A to B was hard. Especially as the story was one of a series, so there were continuity issues with the other stories to consider too.

What are your thoughts on indie publishing in Australia and New Zealand?

I think it keeps going from strength to strength. I can't wait to see what the future holds for it.

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