JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Nikki Ransom, author of Hidden Butterflies: From Honor Roll to the Stripper Pole
Hidden Butterflies: From Honor Roll to the Stripper Pole is the story of a young woman who suffered from low self-esteem her entire life. Throughout her journey, you will witness how this disease caused her to travel down a dangerous road that led to heartache, violence and homelessness. Watch her emerge the kind of woman she is meant to be.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Hidden Butterflies: From Honor Roll to the Stripper Pole?
Nikki Ransom: The weird thing about writing this book is that I never once in my life thought that I wanted to be an author. After coming out of a horrific experience with my ex-husband, it just hit me to write my story out to help other young women that may be in the same situation. Something just said, “Write”, and I did. Now it’s my passion, my calling.
JP: What sets Hidden Butterflies apart from other novels in its genre?
NR: I feel that I am very much on the reader’s level, and they will be able to relate to me a lot more. I am not a celebrity telling a story or some other rich person. I am the woman up the street that knows just what you are going through.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Hidden Butterflies getting out to the public?
NR: A lot of perseverance and faith. So much work goes into writing a book. Then there is the proof reading, a thousand changes, editing, etc. It’s not for the weak of heart. I can say that! It can be overwhelming.
If you feel that you have a message that the public must hear, let nothing stop you. Let no one tell you that you can’t publish your book.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Hidden Butterflies?
NR: I would say that it took just about a year from start to finish. My writing process is probably very unconventional to most. My process is just to write. I don’t set up any outlines or things of that nature. Since I write non-fiction, when something comes to my mind, I just go with it. Later, I go back to put some order to the madness!
JP: What’s next for Nikki Ransom?
NR: I am writing Part 2 of Hidden Butterflies right now. This book picks up right where the last one ended and takes you through the circus of my life, my loves, and the lessons I am continuing to learn. It will be a bit more spicy and a lot more fun!
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