Nicole Brown, MSN, RN, is a nurse educator, who teaches nursing at a HBCU in Central VA. She has worked as a nurse for over 20 years in various specialties from Emergency Room to long–term care. She is also, a Doctoral candidate with Walden University and an Army veteran, who served in Operation Desert Storm. She is the proud mother of three and happily divorce. She is dedicated to providing positive images of the nursing profession for children and the world through her books.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I connect with God on a daily basis. I start my day with prayer. I end my day with pray. I pray during the day when needed.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
My neighbor was Stacy Hawkins Adams. She write books on Christian relations. I would like to know her inspiration. Her novels include Coming Home, The Someday List and Watercolored Pearls. Her nonfiction book, Who Speaks To Your Heart? Tuning in to God’s Whispers, was released in May 2010. One of her most recent novels, Dreams That Won’t Let Go, was a finalist along with John Grisham and Jan Karon for a 2011 Library of Virginia literary award. Her upcoming novel, Lead Me Home, was released in July 2013 and recently received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
The Journey to become a successful author is not easy, there are many long hours, no pay and it is very expensive up front. I have always dreamed of becoming an author. To help make this dream come true, I had to make some changes in my life. I have downsized and live with family to afford to publish my work. After publishing, the goal is to be a successful author and tell people about my book via various methods. As a self-published author you have to become an expert or hire experts in social media, blogging and your website. You have to be consistent in your quest to become a successful author. I am in the book business for the long haul and plan to continue to be a full-time writer within the next 3 to 5 years.
Tell us about your current book?
The Adventures of Nurse Nicole is a wonderfully cleaver and bright series about a nurse with three children who are curious about nursing. The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: N is for Nurse describes the art and science of nursing from A to Z with positive images of the nursing profession. Nursing is one of the most sought after and trusted professions in the world. This is a must-have book, because everyone will need a nurse one day.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I was inspired by my children. My children would ask me, what did I do at work every day? I went to Wal-Mart & Target to find something to explain nursing. Currently, there is nothing on the market that nurses can buy for their children to explain the profession of nursing. What I really wanted was s doll or video to show my kids.
During my research, I found out I could not afford to start with a doll or video. So, I began my company with books to explain nursing to children. I thought a book would be affordable and easy to do. Books are a world of their own. I want to write books now that grow with my children. I plan to write a step by step guide on, “How to become a Nurse” in 2014.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
There is a nursing shortage. We need more nurses and one method is to introduce children to the profession of nursing. I would like readers to know nurses can change the world. Nurses can be great authors, educators, leaders & business owners.
They should read my next book, Wash Your Hands, which is coming out this week on Amazon with an ebook to follow. I plan to publish my doctoral project titled, “An Obesity Intervention Program with African American Adults in Central Virginia” and How to Become a Nurse in 2014.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
I’m also on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube