New Book for Teens from Nikki Carter

Each Friday, this month on Written Voices Blog, we will be highlighting authors who write for teens or young adults. Author Tiffany L. Warren is known for her recent book release, The Bishop’s Daughter, and two other acclaimed Christian Fiction novels.  This month, she enters the growing Young Adult authors arena with her first novel under the pen name, Nikki Carter.

Describe yourself for our visitors.

I love reading drama packed and fun stories!  My playlist has some of everything in it from Beyonce to Tye Tribbett.  I am really loving Kierra Sheard’s newest CD. How do you find time to connect with God? Everything I do daily has something to do with my writing ministry.  Even my nine to five job enables me to pursue my dreams.  I have an ongoing conversation with God about my life and when something doesn’t feel right, I do a God-check, a short prayer for guidance. Who were your favorite authors or books as a teen? I loved Judy Blume and Madeline L’Engle.  There weren’t many books with African American teens in them when I was growing up.  I remember reading the Sweet Valley books and wondering where we were. Tell us about your current book? Step To This is about a High School sophomore named Gia Stokes who is fly, fierce and fab, but she doesn’t really know it yet.  She goes through all of these steps to upgrade her social status – joins the Hi-Steppers (drill team) and gets a makeover from her new friends.  But when things go wrong, she has to rely on her faith and the people who really matter to her. How did you come up with ideas for this book? I always get asked that question, and I have yet to come up with a good answer.  The truth is, I don’t know where the ideas come from! What are the main themes or lessons in this book? The main lesson in this book is to “do you”!  Meaning, be yourself and be your own kind of fabulous!  Gia’s fab comes from her honesty, loyalty and faith. What advice did someone give you as a teenager that still remains with you today? You never have to chase down a lie, because the truth always comes out in the end. Do you have any embarrassing moments you want to share from your teen years? I was at a house party once, that was held in the basement of my friend’s house.  I was upstairs for some reason, and fell down the basement stairs on my way back into the party.  The music stopped and everything!  It was all bad. What’s next for you? Book Two of the So For Real Series is called It is What it Is.  It’s a continuation of Gia’s story! Where can visitors find you online? Readers can find at www.myspace.com/authornikkicarter and  http://profile.to/nikkicarter (facebook)