Nicholas Adams grew up in the small, rural town of Boring, OR with his six brothers and sisters.
After graduating from High School in Gresham, OR he attended BYU-ID and received his Associates Degree in Pre-Med. From there he returned to Portland, OR and attended Portland State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Med before changing his career track to Architecture.
He completed his second Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Portland State University before going on to achieve his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
After his graduation he and his wife moved to the Phoenix Arizona area where they adopted four children over the next eight years.
Nicholas currently lives in the Salt Lake City area where he is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
His other interests include reading, video games, singing and motorcycles.
21 Things You Should Know About This Author
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
I’d say it’s 60/40 between The Angels’ Secret and Imprint. I’m running giveaways for both on Goodreads and InstaFreebie. So far, they’re running about neck and neck. I’m doing the giveaways to build up a mailing list, to be perfectly honest. I’m also advertising on Goodreads and Amazon that I’ll be donating 25% of my sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. However, 25% of $0.00 is… let me carry the 1… 0!
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
Does Twitter Count? (not really kidding) I’m not sure how long ago, but I started using Scrivener to write. It’s so much better than Word, though I wish my Grammerly app worked with it. I could save so much time in self-editing. It’s also help me creep towards being a plotter on the plotter vs. pantser spectrum.
What word do you misspell most often?
hte… only because my fat fingers move faster than my brain most days.
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
Read. As broadly and as much as I can.
Write. I joked about twitter, but I found some daily writing prompts that help me come up with creative ways to use common words in the hopes of getting likes and retweets. I find trying to tell a complete thought in 140 characters forces me to dig down for those last few drops of creative juices.
Connect with an audience. Another reason I’m on Twitter every day. I enjoy interacting with other writers, bloggers. I’ve had one author interview happen because of a Twitter connection, and I’ve found several new books and fellow authors to interview for my own blog.
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Got Hope by Michael Darling (just finished it today) Five Stars
Ghost Writer by Netta Newbound (just finished it on Monday) Five Stars
What is your favorite word?
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
Thesaurus.com because it defines the word, its variations and alternatives in one easy glance. I can’t begin to say how it’s saved my bacon, pork bellies, and breakfast meat.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
The Weight of Air: The Life and Times of an Inconsequential Person
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Sobe Lifewater: Blueberry, Acai, & Pomegranate flavor
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
Is this a 1,000-minimum word essay? (7)
Short answer: Yes! (3)
Long answer: The eyes pick up so much more than words can describe. You can look at a rippling pond and know where the disturbance came from with a glance, but it may take 2-3 sentences to get all that down assuming it’s even important to share. You can describe a character down to the smallest detail, but each reader will have their own interpretation. I could say tall, curvy blonde in a backless dress but everyone has their own perspective on what tall, curvy and blonde mean.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
The Sea Turtle. I love the water, relaxing in the shade on a beach and I’m pretty slow in both mind and body.
How would your best friend describe you?
Serious but with a dry sense of humor. Intelligent with a fraud complex. Soft-hearted, but can be vengeful. Romantic, but fearful of opening up completely to anyone. Loyal, but there is a line that if crossed, I won’t be anymore (and no, I won’t tell people where it is).
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
Not much. I usually crash pretty quickly, within minutes of settling in. But if there is one thing that can keep me from letting drowsiness overtake me, it’s my in-laws who live in our basement.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Let my in-laws use my garage as their storage unit.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
My specialties include ham & eggs (no they’re not green), pancakes or waffles (dealer’s choice) and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup (from Costco). My wife is a good cook, so you’ll have to talk to her about a decent meal.
What is the best compliment you have received?
I was once told I have a way of listening to people that made them feel like they could get their thoughts out without feeling rushed, and it was very therapeutic. Perhaps I should’ve become a counselor.
What question do you wish people wouldn’t ask?
What’s your story about?
When are you going to settle down and find a husband?
When is the baby due?
Would you like to buy some cookies?
Would you like to super-size that?
Does anyone run in your family?
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
Crowds, only if my life depended on it.
Small groups, only if I know them all.
The correct answer is Go Away, and don’t let the door hit ya’ where the good Lord split ya’!
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Only if I was drunk, and I never drink anything harder than Coke Zero and I don’t even drink that anymore. (but I would so rock the mike)
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Warning: Contents are extremely volatile. Handle with care or use 6” diameter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies as oven mitts.
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
Do you want this winning mega-jackpot lottery ticket?
I could design and build my dream home and spend my days writing, studying writing, helping build homeless shelters and rehab centers for Vets, build a large horse stable for Equine therapy animals, get my parents and in-laws into their own houses with full-time medical care and domestic aides, and take my wife on the dream cruise vacation she’s been dreaming about.