Spotlight on: Nicole Evelina, CAC17 Speaker, Author & 2015 Overall Grand Prize Winner

2017-01-12T17:08:49-08:00By |

Meet Nicole Evelina, author and historian. At last year's conference she was awarded the 2015 Overall Grand Prize at last years authors conference. And you can find her at the upcoming Chanticleer Author Conference—CAC17—March 31st to April 2nd where she will be teaching How to Use Pinterest to Develop Your Story and Career. As part of our spotlight series, we asked Nicole our five questions to get her perspective on professional success. 1. When did you know what you really wanted to be? I finally started taking my writing seriously in 2008, so when I was 29. Before then, it was just a hobby, something I did to entertain myself when I was bored. I always had a drive to tell stories, but I didn’t think that being a writer was something real people actually did. That is until I read Twilight. (Go ahead and laugh if you want.) Stephanie Meyer was the first average person I’d ever seen “make it” as a writer. I thought to myself “well, if she can do it, there is a chance for me.” At the time, I was about ¾ of the way into the first draft of what would become Daughter of Destiny, my debut novel, so I decided it was time to act like a professional writer. It took another eight years for the book to be published, but I did it!  2. What was the biggest challenge you faced? My biggest challenge was getting my book into the hands of readers. It [...]