Nick Haskins is the author of On the Edge of Heat, Jamal, My Husband’s Wife and his latest novel, Betrayed. Nick was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he currently resides. After years of aspiring to become a film and TV writer, he began to shape his creative dreams and released his first book in 2011. Nick has been actively working on building his catalog of work, and readership, with plans to become a full-time writer.
Let’s get to know Nick Haskins
It has been a while since you stopped by Authors & Readers Book Corner, tell us about your journey since releasing My Husband’s Wife.
Yes, it has been awhile since my last visit with Authors & Readers Book Corner. After I released my third book, My Husband’s Wife, in 2013 I took a lot of time off. I stopped all promotions, ads, campaigns etc. in early 2014. I was dealing with a lot of personal issues that prevented me from giving total focus to my career. I wanted to get me together first, and now I’m back with a brand-new book.
What genres do you write in? Will you write in other genres as you progress as a writer?
All of my books are African-American fiction, although the book that I’m currently working on leans more toward urban fiction. I have dabbled a little in erotica as well. Other than those three genres, I see myself maybe exploring suspense, or even a murder mystery.
What is your process for creating characters?
My characters always seem to appear to me. I don’t seek them out; I let them come to me along with the plot, the climax of the story, and the ending.
Do you write from an outline? If not, what is your writing process?
It really depends on the mood I’m in. When I’m feeling extremely creative, usually, the end of the story will play in my head for days, sometimes weeks. When it’s like that, I start jotting down my ending, and before long, I find myself typing out full chapter outlines. Other times, I sit at my computer, turn on some low tunes, and just start typing. I try not to have too much of a process though; I like to just let it flow.
What are four tips you have learned since becoming a published author?
The four tips I’ve learned is, one, it’s a lot harder than it looks! But, I’ve learned not to give up, or stall out each time someone says no, or I don’t get the review I was looking for etc. I’m learning to keep going. Two, as an author, one of my main goals is to entertain my readers, so I’m learning with each book how to craft and weave stories more for my readers amusement. Three, I’ve learned how to have a small group read my work a few times before it’s released. I have an amazing team who is always willing to read my manuscripts, and provide honest feedback which is so needed. The fourth tip I’ve learned is to read and understand everything! I feel as an author, I am in control of my career, and I owe it to myself, and my books, to make sure I’m making the best, and most informed decisions and choices.
What ingredients do you believe a book needs to keep readers?
I believe to keep readers an author shouldn’t leave them in too much suspense. You have to take them on a journey with you, but make sure they know where you’re going, why, and with which characters. With that, a smooth beginning, a good climax, and a rocky cliffhanger ending seems to have been my main ingredients.
Your new book, Betrayed, has a message about loyalty, how important was this topic to the storyline?
Loyalty, or the lack there of, is very important to the storyline. In Betrayed, William Majors is married to a disloyal woman, while his son, Billy, proves where his loyalty lies when he falls in love with his father’s new wife.
What city is Betrayed based in? Is it a city familiar to you?
Betrayed is based in Anchorage. I am not familiar with Alaska at all, but when the storyline started playing in my head set in Anchorage, Alaska I went with it.
Tell us about Williams Majors Sr.
William Majors Sr. is a hardworking, fifty-one-year-old single father. While his first wife Jean was dying, he promises her – and their young son – that he would always take good care of their boy. William dedicated himself to his son, living as a single man for many years. He didn’t trust another woman to come in and attempt to raise his son, so did it on his own. When Billy turns twenty-one, William becomes eager to find a wife. That’s when he meets, and falls madly in love with Jennifer Payne.
Tell us about Jennifer.
Jennifer Payne was written after Jennifer Williams from Basketball Wives. She’s tall, thin, beautiful and proves to be dangerous for the Majors men. She loves her husband, William, and wants him and their marriage, but she starts to want his son just a little more.
Where do you see Nick Haskins in five years?
In five years, I hope to see my name on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I also want to eventually migrate into TV and/or film.
What is your favorite motto or scripture?
My favorite motto is: If it didn’t kill you, brush yourself off and keep going!
I have several favorite scriptures: Psalms 23, Psalms 103, Isaiah 41:28-31, and the one that’s taught me the most about having faith in God which is James 1:1-9
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About the Book
Sixteen years ago, William Majors Sr. made his young son, Billy, a promise that he would always take care of him after his mother died. He vowed to raise his son into a man he would someday be proud of. William also vowed not to take another wife until Billy was all grown up, so he opted to live as a single man. That all changed the day Jennifer Payne walked into his life. Her seductive body and stunning beauty instantaneously captures William . . . and Billy. When Billy secretly deceives William – seemingly overnight – Jennifer finds herself trapped in a dangerous love trio with both Father and son. When she chooses one over the other, a deadly line of betrayal will be crossed that will shake The Majors’ forever . . .
Excerpt from Betrayed
Over the years, a variety of women have tried and failed with William no matter what their efforts. He just wasn’t ready . . . until now. Only problem is, he doesn’t know where to start. He surely doesn’t fancy any of the desperate, flabby tired selection of women that was constantly trying to feed him and his son. He’s a fifty-one-year-old father, so clubbing is completely out of the question. He’s never attended a church service, so meeting a good ole’ church girl wasn’t going to happen either. He doesn’t trust anyone off the Internet, so his future wife, in his words, would have to come and find him, which is exactly what happened the day Jennifer Payne walked into his lumber company.
Jennifer was doing a small remolding job to her condo, and needed to pick out just the right materials for the project. Her contractor gave her a card for Anchorage Lumber, and told her she should go check out some of the marble samples the lumberyard offered. When she decided to take the contractors advice, Jennifer’s tall, thin frame swayed into Anchorage Lumber and the rest, as they say, is history – history William Majors Sr. would someday wish he could rewrite . . .