Today we welcome Nicholas Maze to the table, as we chat about his book Exit:How to Leave Debt Forever, his writing and his future plans. Welcome Nicholas, we're glad you could join us today.
WI: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing since about the age of 12 and I have always had a great imagination. When I began to write my first book (White Collar Woman), I was at a security job. I had no plans to pursue a writing career, but I wanted to see what I could put on paper. After finishing my story, I received a prophecy from a visiting prophet at our Church. Although I had been writing for years, the prophecy was my confirmation.
WI: What inspired you to pen this particular novel/book?
I received a prophecy. A prophet visited our Church and told me that he saw me writing books dealing with finance. At the time, I had just completed my previous book (White Collar Woman), which was a romance/fiction. I began to research and was amazed at the information I was coming across and discovering. I knew that majority of Americans did not have this information and felt I had to write this book.
WI: What road blocks did you come across while writing this story?
The number one culprit is writer’s block. This is common for most writers, if not all. Outside of writer’s block, I would say finding a balance. When I speak of balance, I mean holding a reader’s attention and teaching, at the same time. It is a difficult task. It is rare to find a person buying a book, because they miss going to class. So, I couldn’t give a class assignment. I had to present the book in a way that an 80-year old scholar can read and smile, while a 20-year old waitress can understand and grow. Balance.
WI: What do you do if a story just doesn't seem to flow the way you were hoping it would?
Normally, I take a break. If things are not blending and there is too much confusion, I have to walk away. If I am questioning whether it is flowing for the reader, I will have people close to me review what I have written and give me their opinion.
WI: What has been the hardest thing about marketing this story?
The invisible barrier. Most people read for entertainment, so it is difficult to market literature that will help someone versus entertain someone. Most people are hesitant and place more value on entertainment than knowledge.
WI: What is one thing you wished you knew before, that you now know about marketing?
Marketing expenses. When you are paying out of pocket, it is better to spend less. The best way to market is through guerilla marketing, not paying some marketing expert or marketing company. In reality, unless you have a name, no one knows you. So if you drove pass a billboard of someone you have never seen before, what draws you in? Instead, use your marketing dollars for fuel and go to local areas to sell and speak about your book. Call local businesses and ask to setup a table and speak to their customers about your latest book.
WI: What is one piece of advice that you received to help your writing that you still carry with you today?
Build a background. Don’t just write from feeling, but build something to grow from. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, you have to have something to build off of, a foundation. That is why you research in non-fiction or create a bio for a character in fiction. Your foundation.
WI: Tell us what a day in your writing life is like, do you have any writing quirks?
Once I have a lot of information to put on paper, I limit myself. Instead of putting down everything at once, I save some for the next day. By doing this, I have something to build off of, when I begin to write the next day. This is my way of eliminating writer’s block.
WI: Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
Film and television. I am preparing for a future film script. Having the opportunity to see my words come to life would be wonderful. So, I look forward to taking my writing to that next step.
WI: Are you currently working on any new projects?
My current project is a book that will help restore Churches and restructure ministries. I discovered that Churches have been in need of this literature, for over 100 years, but it has never been written.
WI: Do you have any upcoming events or special news you would like to share with our readers?
On April 22nd, I have a guest blog for Ashley’s Bookshelf. Also, a great friend of mine has begun hosting her own blog on my site (www.nicholasmaze.com).
WI: Where can readers find you?
My home is www.nicholasmaze.com
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/whKpKF
WI: Where can your book be purchased?
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/whKpKF
We want to thank you for taking time to chat with us today and offering your writing & marketing experiences. We wish you much success in the future.
The Writing Innovations Team
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.
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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.