I have the pleasure of welcoming Nicole Overby to Chat About Books today!
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I feel like I’m a very unusual story – I’m a 23 year old accountant living in the city of Charlotte, NC. I loved writing stories when I was younger and creating fictional characters in my head. Then life kind of happened… I got wrapped up in CPA exams and work. Suddenly, I found my world shattering and it brought me back to writing and finding it therapeutic to write down different emotions and conflicts people face as we inevitably grow older.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
Unfortunately, it came from losing a loved one. This book walks readers through the range of emotions one feels when death of a loved one is near. It allows readers to self-reflect on their own pain, yet find comfort in the fact that they aren’t alone in feeling their grief. In the end, we realize the sun will shine again and with the support of those around us we can enjoy the warmth once more.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Yes, they are! I think the reader will quickly pick that up…
How do you pick your characters’ names?
One thing I love about a book is a challenge. The challenge of finding the hidden meanings or the underlying themes of a story. So, hopefully the reader can accept the challenge and figure out how the names were chosen.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
Speaking with others was key for me! I spoke to so many different people about the range of emotions felt when losing someone.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’m torn- either Jodi Picoult because my mom let me read her books when I was maybe a bit too young, but it sparked my interesting in reading immensely, so I would want to say thank you. On the other hand, I would also want to meet Rachel Hollis to pick her brain about her process on writing motivational books.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes!! That is so important to get into as a kid. I am so grateful my dad pushed me to get into reading.
When did you start to write?
I wrote my first story in second grade- how two dogs fell in love!
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
There’s a reason behind every story – can’t say I would change anything.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
I wish I wrote about the hardship of middle school- don’t laugh! Those years were ROUGH for me. I think that is a story people can relate to.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Just because I’m reading this book right now – Vivian Miller. I would take her to the coffee shop her and her husband had their first date to try to understand why she did what she did.
Tell us a random fact about yourself
I have a twin sister!
What are you working on right now?
Another book told from multiple perspectives about a story I think many women can relate to.
Tell us about your last release?
This was my first book!
Do you have a new release due?
No, not yet!
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
I did nothing actually – I was so nervous to put this book out in the open. It’s so raw and heartfelt, so I hope the readers can feel that.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
I have a Goodreads page and a Facebook page “Top Down Day”
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Check out the “Top Down Day” page on Facebook for book club questions! https://www.facebook.com/Top-Down-Day-106150087730213/
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Nicole! 🙂
A simple phone call has Dawn’s world turned upside down.
The most important person in her life is now fighting for his life. As the walls start enclosing around her, she battles between protecting her children and herself. Emotions are high and patience is running thin. Whose opinion matters most in a situation like this? What will tomorrow bring?
This book walks readers through some of the scariest moments in life. It brings to light different emotions and internal conflicts. The story is a great read for those finding themselves in traumatic situations and wondering if their feelings are out of line.
happy reading 🙂