The Story Behind My Blog's Title

The Story Behind My Blog's Title
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Monday, October 5, 2009

My Writing Journey - Nicole Zoltack

I'd like to introduce Nicole Zoltack as today's guest blogger. Nicole is a fellow DBP author. I love her reminds me of my daughters. And it's the perfect story to get us motivated for Nano Writing Month. Thanks Nicole for sharing this with us.

I started writing stories when I first learned how to write. Seriously. My mother used to sit my one sister and I down and gave us paper and pencils and we would just write. One of the first stories that I finished combined two holidays: Thanksgiving and Halloween. The family used to dress up as food objects for Thanksgiving. The father was always turkey. And the little girl, her name was Megan but her nickname was May (I loved both those names when I was younger and could never pick one over the other), couldn't decide what to dress up as. Her mother had ideas and so did her father but none of them were good enough for her. Finally, she picked mashed potatoes. (Coincidentally, mashed potatoes were my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal And for you curious ones, my favorite holiday was actually Christmas.) I no longer have the story but I was rather proud of it when I first wrote it. Not that I know how one would go about dressing up as mashed potatoes. A fat ghost maybe?

During classes in the sixth grade, I began to write a YA fantasy novel. It was my pride and joy and I carried the handwritten pages everywhere. I even wrote during class. High school came around and I drifted away from writing stories and wrote many poems. The poems were awful, just dreadful. I would be embarrassed for anyone to read them, they are that bad.

College. I returned to writing fiction. I worked some more on my YA fantasy novel, reworked the beginning and finished it the summer before junior year. I'm still tinkering it and will be sending it out to agents by the end of the month. My sister (the one mentioned above) told me about Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). Nano is when writers around the world try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I did Nano 2004-2007 and won each of those 4 years. I wrote less than 1,000 words in November 2008 but I had a one month old baby so I didn't expect to win.

One of those Nano stories, after much editing and adding 38,000 more words, turned into Woman of Honor, a medieval fantasy romance that is available from Desert Breeze Publishing. But that wasn't my first published work. I had always liked writing short stories and one day, I did a search for short story submissions. I found a call of submission for a sweet romance anthology from Freya's Bower. I wrote a short story and sent it in but was rejected. The editor, Faith Bicknel-Brown, sent a nice rejection letter and mentioned at the end that if I wanted to, I could send another story. So I wrote another one and this time, it was accepted. Little Cowgirl, under the pen name Nicolette Zamora is in One Touch, One Glance: A Sweet Romance Anthology.

I am currently working on Woman of Honor's sequel, Knight of Glory. Then I have some short stories that I would like to write for anthologies and other calls. Maybe I'll finish another Nano story soon. Regardless, I know I will be writing for a long, long time.

And my sister that used to write beside me? She wants to be a writer too. And I know that someday, she'll be one. And it's all Mom's fault. Thanks, Mom.

My website is and my blog is I am also on facebook, myspace, and twitter. Thanks so much for allowing me to share my writing journey, Shawna!

Nicole ZoltackWoman of Honor, Desert Breeze PublishingOne Touch, One Glance, Freya’s BowerMy blog Facebook Myspace Twitter


  1. What a great story, Nicole. :) Sounds like writing is in you! Thanks for sharing.
    Woman of Honor's sequel and Knight of Glory - sound great! Have to pick them up!

  2. KM, I thought you and Kat would enjoy that Nicole writes Fantasy.

  3. Thanks, KM! Fantasy is probably my favorite genre to write in although I have written many others, including YA, horror, romance, as well as cross genres.


  4. Awesome Nicole! My first release with DB was my NaNo entry from last year :-)

  5. Yay, another writer who writes a variety of genres! Glad you are living out your dreams--it sounds like this is something that was meant to be for you from the beginning :).

  6. Nicole, very inspirational! I think a lot of us started as young as we can remember. I like writing a lot of different genres, too. Keeps me on my toes.


  7. Nicole,
    I enjoyed learning about your early stories. I'm glad you continued with your dream and are now a published author. I didn't know you had a short story published, too. Congrats on your success!

  8. Shawna thanks for sharing this talented author with us! I enjoyed hearing her journey. I have been thinking about joining Nanowrimo. This would be my first year.

    Blessings to you...

  9. Excellent! So glad that Nicole's journey has been an ispiration.

    I've not participated in Nanowrimo either, but I may use it as motivation to get my current WIP finished. Even if it's not an entry. I think the whole idea around Nanowrimo will light a fire under me.

    Perhaps we should give some challenges to each other on this blog for the month of November to keep us motivated. Maybe I can even scrounge up some giveaways for that. Hmm...?


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