Friday, August 30, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Nikki Lynn Barrett

Today I’m interviewing Nikki Lynn Barrett. Her book, The Melody In My Head, is contemporary romance and was released July 26.

Welcome! Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
The Melody in My Head is book two of my Love and Music In Texas series. The series revolves around an undiscovered country music band in Texas. The Melody In My Head features the lead guitarist of the band, Jameson Grant. The heroine is Melody Roland, a newcomer to the fictional town of Harmony's Echo Texas. There's lots of fun, emotions, and a bit of suspense wrapped up in the book.  The first book in the series is Baby Stetson.

The big question: why have you become a published author?
I love telling stories! I love sharing them with others, and being published allows me to do that. I've always had fictional characters roaming around in my head, and putting their story to paper has been my life long dream....I've been writing stories since elementary school.

What is your writing routine like?
I mainly write in the mornings when my four year old goes to preschool.  I've been getting up at six when my husband goes to work, get some writing in then, pause to get my son ready for school, and then get back to writing until twelve fifteen or so.

I never realized when I started writing that promotion would take up so much of my time. What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
I'm still learning my way around promo! Oh, there's always something to learn! I have an author page on FB, I have Twitter, though I don't use it as much as I should. I network with other authors, like for blogging.  The biggest thing I've learned that seemed to help was to participate/donate for others giveaways- like if they hit 1000 likes, I donate a book to their giveaway, and in return, I gain likes on my fan page. Or release day parties. I've gained some new readers from those.

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing? 
Readers connecting with my stories. The most rewarding thing came recently, when my best friend who I have known since third grade thanked me for bringing the love of reading back into her life. Yes, I cried :)

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
NEVER GIVE UP!! If this is your dream, go for it! Now, I may be self published, but no matter how you want to be published, keep striving for that goal. Keep learning, work on your craft, and follow that dream.

Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1. I would totally go storm chasing.
2. I wanted to be a singer on the Nashville stages
3. I'm visually impaired. My optic nerves never developed fully, and I can only see out of one eye. In fact, I was totally blind at birth and regained some sight in my left eye.
Overcoming a disability? You are something very special. What’s next for you? 
I'm working on a new book, which is a Christmas story, and the follow up to my debut book, The Secret Santa Wishing Well. After that, I'll either work on Love and Music in Texas Book 3, or A Masterpiece of Our Love.
This is Book 2 in the Love and Music in Texas series. Baby Stetson kicks off the series.

Welcome back to Harmony's Echo, Texas.....

Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she's fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination.

She's alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?
Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Each lonely day he's faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the 'music' of his past.

The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can't be ignored.

Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all...

If she doesn't flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.
Read an Excerpt  

More About the Author
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at

How can my readers buy your book?

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