BK: Please tell us a little about yourself...
I’m an accomplished writer with two book released, currently. I’m from Michigan and I’ve been writing since the age of 12. I hold an associates degree in marketing, bachelors in accounting, and I am currently studying for a masters in creative writing. I love to travel and try new restaurants. I plan to eventually pen a movie script in the near future.
BK: Please tell us a little about your book....
My current book is a non-fiction, finance book, titled “EXIT: How to Leave Debt Forever.” It is a financial book that goes outside the norm. Instead giving advice on saving and investing, this literature brings the reality of finance. Before you can learn anything about saving and investing, you must first know what money is. I have a saying that says, “Before you Earn money, you have to LEarn money.” The key reason for our financial dilemma is lack of knowledge.
BK: What inspired you to pen this particular novel?
Actually, I received a prophecy on this book. I had just completed my first book, which was a romance/fiction, titled “White Collar Woman.” At the same time, I had just completed my degree in accounting. A prophet visited our Church and told me I would be writing books dealing with finance. I began to study on the history of money and discovered a lot of interesting information. Information that the average person never knew about. I knew this information had to be written to help our economy with our current financial dilemma.
BK: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At the age of 12, I wrote my first story. It was a horror story about Christmas. My mother was enthused, but I only did it as a hobby. Around the age of 24, I began to write my first book. Throughout life, I have always had a strong imagination. With so many ideas, I decided to put something on paper. Before I knew it, I was writing constantly and eventually created a book. My first completion proved that I could write a book and decided to pursue writing as a career.
BK: How do you keep your story flowing?
Every writer dreads the deadly writer’s block. A little trick I do with myself is to stop writing before my mind stops. Instead of writing until I have nothing else creative to think of, I write for so long, each time. I’ll stop even though I have more creative juices remaining. This allows me to have something to feed off of, when I begin to write again.
BK: Do you ever run into writer's block, and if so, what do you do to get past it?
It is very hard to dodge writer’s block. Within 40,000+ words, you are almost destined to have a blockage somewhere. To me, blockage means vacation. They say, on average, it takes about 8 months to complete a book, so you have plenty of time. Instead of stressing about writer’s block, I just walk away from the paper and do something else, do something relaxing or enjoyable. When you over think on something, the blockage grows bigger. When you put your energy and time into something else, you relax your mind and it becomes easier to release creative juices.
BK: What is your writing process like? Do you have any quirks, or must-haves to write?
Oddly enough, I develop the story before I create the title. I think it is better to have a completed story and then create the name. This way you know exactly what your are writing about and the title will fit much better. With my current book, I wrote out the title of each chapter before I wrote anything else. This helped me to flow into each chapter. I must-haves are usually food, candy, and beverages. Writing uses the mind a lot, which drains your energy quicker, so food, sugar, and caffeine keeps me going.
BK: Where do you hope your books/writing will be in the future?
Every writer hopes for the day to become a “best-seller.” Ultimately, I want to influence and entertain. I write in both fiction and non-fiction, so I hope readers will be entertained in my fiction and influenced in my non-fiction.
BK: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
Knowledge. With my current book, I truly want to shape our economy. This is why I am not just giving advice. I am actually teaching people and what I am teaching will alter the mindset of so many Americans.
BK: What is one piece of advice you received that you carry with you in your writing?
Don’t try to please everybody. It is impossible. Write from your heart and believe in your work.
BK: What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers?
Learn and understand your gift. If you are a true writer, then you have a gift. So don’t follow the “in-crowd”, feed your gift. Write with passion and hunger. If you don’t have a passion for what you are writing, it will show.
BK: Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on a project, dealing with religion. I know a lot of people have a brand, but I just have a gift to write, so I go across the board. I also plan to write a sequel to my first book (White Collar Woman). I believe I can build a series off the lead character. I am also looking forward to writing my first movie script.
BK: Where can readers find you?
My main home is www.nicholasmaze.com, which houses all of my literature. My first book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. My current book is available in all formats and websites (Nook, Kindle, iBook, etc.).
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
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Born in Flint, Michigan, Nicholas L. Maze attended Baker College, where he earned his degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and Marketing. With a knack for advertising and excelling in math, Nicholas seemed destined for a productive career in business. Instead, there would be another gift that would prove to be more dominant and rewarding.
In the summer of 1999, while still in college, Nicholas found a job with a nation-wide security organization. His initial plans were to work his job, until he finished college. But it was his stint with the security organization that would lead to a rebirth of his passion for writing. As a child, being driven by a strong imagination, Nicholas would write stories to past time. It was during his composition courses in college that Nicholas realized that his gift was still intact. His writing craft received praise from his colleagues and instructors. With substantial amount of free time on the job, Nicholas found himself writing more and more. He started by writing poetry and composing songs, during his free time on the job. It was at this same time that Nicholas began managing a small rap group, which allowed him to hone his writing skills even more. Nicholas began composing songs for his rap group and him. In 2004, Nicholas began to write his first published work. With ample amount of time and a number of ideas, Nicholas began to write. In order to compose a successful work, Nicholas had to make himself the reader. Nicholas placed himself in the passenger seat and let his imagination go to work.
As Nicholas was completing his book, he renewed his relationship with GOD and acquired a second job. Two jobs and attending college full-time, forced Nicholas to put his writing on hold. Once Nicholas completed his first degree in Marketing, he was able to focus on his unfinished work and complete his book in 2007. From there, Nicholas began to send out query letters for his book. After no success, Nicholas placed his book on the shelf and returned to school. In 2009, Nicholas received a prophecy on his writing gift and immediately began shopping his book around. “I instantly thought of my finished work and began sending out query letters. Within two months, I received a publishing deal.” Now, Nicholas is fine-tuning himself for a long, successful career as an author. His first love.
What 12+ years of schooling never provided is located within this amazing literature. From basic instructions on saving to the reason for America’s current financial dilemma, we receive great advice in the world of finance. People across the globe are crying for relief that will never come. In EXIT, we learn that financial strain is planned and orchestrated. The more America suffers financially, the more successful certain individuals become. How do we eliminate a problem that has been in place for almost 100 years? We first learn how to exit, escape.