Showing posts with label Nicole Kurtz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nicole Kurtz. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kickin' The Willy Bobo With...NICOLE KURTZ

Derrick Ferguson:Who is Nicole Kurtz?
Nicole Kurtz: I'm an educator, an author and a mother.



DF:What do you tell The IRS you do for a living?
NK: The IRS identifies me as an educator. I've been in the public school system for 15 years.

DF:Tell us about your background. As little or as much as you want.
NK: I'm originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but I've lived all over the United States, from South Carolina to California. I have a bachelor's degree in Writing and a Master's degree in Education. I have been writing my whole life and can't remember a time I wasn't writing stories either on paper or mentally.

DF:How long have you been writing?
NK: I've been writing since I was 11 years old. My first payment for writing was an essay contest I won in 11th grade. I realized then, “Wait, I can make money from this?!”

DF:What's your philosophy of writing? Do you think that writers should even have a philosophy about the act/art of writing?
NK: My writing philosophy is simple—write your truth. Honor the story only you can tell. Don't worry about sales and genre when writing. Worry about those things after the story is written and done.

DF:Do you enjoy writing?
NK: I love writing! I write all the time, on notebooks and napkins, on the backs of bills and along the edges of envelopes. Writing is how I communicate best and how I process information.

DF:Do you write for yourself or for your readers?
NK: I primarily write for myself when writing fiction. When writing non-fiction (i.e., essays and blogs) I focus on the audience and how my thesis is supported.

DF:What audience are you trying to reach with your work? Is there an audience for Nicole Kurtz?
NK: Great question! I write futuristic thriller, so my audience are readers who enjoy those types of adventures.

DF:Tell us about Mocha Memoirs Press
NK: Mocha Memoirs Press is a small press that publishes speculative works by authors of marginalized groups.

DF:Who is Cybil Lewis?
NK: Cybil Lewis is a professional investigator in the year 2146. Independent. Focused. Committed. She investigates violations in post apocalyptic D.C. Think “Blade Runner” with a female protagonist.


DF:How long has Cybil Lewis been with you and where can we expect her to go in future novels?
NK: Cybil has been with me for over 20 years. In the future, expect Cybil to continue to solve violations in her unique fashion and may, just maybe, get the air-conditioner in her apartment fixed.



DF:Where does the story of Cybil Lewis go from here?
NK: Cybil continues to investigate violations but her personal life becomes more of a challenge for her. In addition, her partner Jane continues to evolve and thus her relationship with Cybil will change. Those are going to be interesting interactions and impacts on Cybil's business and life.


DF:You're an outstanding voice in the field of African-American Speculative Fiction. Where do you see your place in this field and where do you want to go?
NK: Wow! Thank you. My place in the field is right alongside other authors. I've been writing Speculative Fiction for nearly 20 years. I would love to continue to write, publish and find new readers. I also like to inspire new authors of color, especially those that write thrillers.

DF:You are one of the most prominent of female African-American Speculative Fiction writers. Do you see AASF writers as creating a genre unto themselves due to their unique worldview as African-American women?
NK: I do believe that as an African-American woman, my vision is different from other authors not within that demographic. However, I don't think it is a genre unto ourselves. I write futuristic thriller, horror stories and dark fantasy. While most of my protagonists are black women, the story is still good and worth reading.

DF:Are there any drawbacks to being a AASF writer?
NK: There are drawbacks to being an AASF writer in that I find some readers who proclaim they can't identify with my protagonists. Yet those same readers can identify with a shape-shifting tiger or a blue-skinned alien. I write speculative fiction, which is still a predominately white male dominated genre. So my work is subjected to misogyny and racism in the genre as I am in every day life.

DF:And what are the positives?
NK: The positives far outnumber the drawbacks. The excitement I see on readers' faces when they see a protagonist that looks like them. Or the relief when they see that I, a fellow African American or POC wrote something speculative is more than worth the occasional racist. I enjoy sharing my stories with others and I love getting feedback on those stories from readers. Those are the positives that buoy me when writing gets tough.

DF:You've hosted a lot of panels. In your opinion what are the qualities one needs to have in order to moderate a successful panel?
NK: Moderating a panel successfully is hard! LOL! It is important to give each author or panelist an opportunity to speak. Equity of voice is key when moderating. If one can provide the discussion topics ahead of time, that makes for much more thoughtful discussions.



DF:Do you like hosting panels? Why?
NK: It depends! If it is a topic I am passionate about, I do not want to moderate because I want to talk! LOL! Otherwise, I don't mind hosting panels.

DF:What are your dream projects? If you had unlimited time and money, what would you want to do most?
NK: If I had unlimited time and money I would spend time writing Cybil Lewis novels and promoting her throughout the U.S.

DF:What is A Day In The Life of Nicole Kurtz like?
NK: In a word: Chaos!

Derrick Ferguson: Anything else we should know?
Nicole Kurtz:I love to laugh and I'm not nearly as serious as Cybil is about things. Your readers can find me online at Twitter (@nicolegkurtz), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nicolegkurtz, and at Other Worlds Pulp (http://www.nicolegivenskurtz.com).







Monday, January 30, 2017

February 2017 Update

Hello, one and all and Happy New Year! I trust that all of you came into the New Year healthy and happy and my fondest wish is that nothing but continued health and prosperity will fill your respective houses with many bright blessings.

A lot of things have been going in recent months both personally and professionally. Before we get to the professional let's get the personal out of the way. Some of you I've told about my recent weird ailment via Facebook or phone but for the rest of you who haven't heard the grisly yarn, here 'tis: What happened was that out of nowhere I developed this really funky rash on my hands. It manifested itself as dozens of small blisters between my fingers and on my palms. No pain but they itched like hell and they would break open, releasing clear fluid.

I slathered my hands in hydrocortisone and that worked for two or three days and then the rash came back with a vengeance. I stopped messing around and went to a dermatologist who claimed I was suffering from something called scabies which are basically dust mites. I myself don't think that's it as Patricia and I got rid of the basement carpet last summer and that thing was a dust magnet. if I was going to be attacked by dust mites, wouldn't that have have happened while we had the dust attracting carpet that was a natural home for dust mites?

In any case, he gave me scripts for some kind of cream I was to use all over my body and on my hands and come back to see him in three weeks.

Well, I used the cream and again it worked for three or four days then returned and this time actually seemed to be spreading to other areas of my body and no, I ain't gonna tell you where.

Know what finally worked? Both my wife and my mother suggested sulfur soap. So I ordered some from Amazon and started washing my hands twice a day with it and damn if the rash didn't start to clear up right away! I even started to shower with the soap and those spots on my body where it started to spread disappeared like that *snaps fingers*

It took some time but my hands are just about back to normal and so I've been able to resume writing with regularity. Not that I couldn't before and I did so with plastic gloves on as I didn't want to take the chance of spreading whatever it was I had to the keyboard but it felt funny and just darned uncomfortable.

So I'm back to work on the Dillon serial for my Patreon page: "Dillon and The Prophecy of Fire." And there's another Dillon project I'm working on. But then again, when am I not working on a Dillon project?

But something happened recently that spurred me back into full tilt boogie action into once again working on "The Return of Fortune McCall" and that was the release of the audiobook version of "The Adventures of Fortune McCall"


I'll tell you something; as special as it is to hold an actual printed book that you've written in your own two hands, it's even more special to listen to an audiobook of a book that you've written and hear dialog and description that you've written with your own two ears. And Calvin Worthen as Narrator does an absolutely mind-blowing job as such. I found myself listening to the thing on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen to next as if I didn't write any of the stories and therefore knew what was going to happen.

But in a way, it was me rediscovering these stories all over in a new way, interpreted in a different way and as such, it made Fortune McCall, his supporting cast and his world new and fresh all over again and I couldn't wait to get back to work on the sequel.

There are also audiobooks available of THE VRIL AGENDA, BASS REEVES FRONTIER MARSHAL, Vol I. which contains my story "A Town Called Affliction" and SINBAD: THE NEW VOYAGES Vol. I which contains my story "Sinbad and The Voyage to The Land of The Frozen Sun"




What else am I up to? I wrote a story for "Bass Reeves, Frontier Marshal Vol.2" so you need to keep your eyes open for that. I wrote a story for Balogun Ojetade's upcoming black superhero anthology which introduces a superhero I created named Regency. I've got four or five more complete stories about this character so if you enjoy his appearance in "Black Power" let me know and I'll see what I can do:


So as you can see, just because I've been quiet doesn't mean I haven't been busy. And you know me. I'd rather post something meaningful here every couple of months that won't waste your time instead of posting something every week or two just to fill up space.

What else? Oh, yes, the writer interviews will definitely be continuing. Not only will I be catching up with writers I've interviewed before to see what they're doing now but I'll be interviewing writers I've never interviewed before. Especially African-American female writers of speculative fiction which is a project that Nicole Kurtz (a formidable writer herself) and I have talked about in the past that we were thinking about launching as it's own blog. But I don't have time to keep up with yet another blog. It's enough work keeping up with the three I got now.

I really didn't want to do those interviews here as I didn't want folks to think I was just using the interviews to get more traffic for my blog but then it struck me that people have long accused me of doing that anyway so what's the diff? So that's something else you can look forward to here.

And I think that's enough of me running my mouth for this session. As always I thank you most sincerely and with all my heart for your continued support and kind attention to my ramblings. I appreciate each and every one of you who have stuck it out with me this long and I look forward to all the fun and excitement we'll share in 2017.

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