Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Nicholas holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley. He has written numerous essays for the major, as well as for scientific research for his Ecology degree. After graduating, he took up writing fiction, and he has written over 50 short stories and a novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is The Passion of Jazz and Other Short Stories. It was inspired by various experiences I have had in finding beauty and love in unexpected places. The title story was inspired by all the jazz and classical music I have played in my life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I find inspiration from a range of ideas. It can be unusual to be inspired by just a word or phrase I have heard, or an idea I think of in passing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love John Steinbeck’s writing, as well as Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
What are you working on now?
I am working on finding a publisher for my latest novel, A Character in Reality, about a fictional character who gains consciousness and steps out of the pages of a novel into the real world.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use my own website, www.nicholasbridgman.com, to promote my books, as well as social media, including Goodreads, Facebook, Amazon, and Smashwords.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would advise them to write a lot of stories, get all their ideas down on paper. Not every story they write will be great, but the practice will not be wasted. Eventually they will see improvements and some of their stories will become great.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Some of the best advice I have heard is that life is long and we will have the opportunity to develop everything we want to develop if we are patient.
What are you reading now?
I am reading A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next up is publishing and marketing my novel, A Character in Reality.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would bring Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.