Striving to inject her unique flair into the realm of contemporary fiction, Award-Winning, Best-Selling author blogger, Ni’Cola Mitchell entered the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word at a Time. Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, Ni’Cola published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. Much of her work revolves around complex relationship issues and Mitchell’s compulsive desire to see women overcome challenges. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters Destani and Diamond. Ni’Cola is also the Founder of Girls Who Brunch Tour, CEO of Diamond’s Destiny Media, and Co-Founder of the Baltimore Urban Book Festival. She sits on the board of the Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant, and manages the pageants Author Pavilion. She is also a primary panel member for the State of Black Parent Conference. Ni’Cola is also the Celebrity Brand Ambassador for Premier Hair. She is a contributing writer for Urbania Magazine and FeedLynks, the Urban News Network. Ni’Cola is a Strategic Partner for the California’s Women’s Conference, and is also a 2014 Blogger’s Week Ambassador. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Film.
“Over and Over Again” was featured in the top ten by EDC Creations Recommended Reading List the 2009 fall season under Mainstream Fiction and Women’s Fiction. Ni’Cola was nominated Self-Published Author of the Year with the African-American Literary Award Show for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Her short story “The Forbidden Rain” was featured in the Between the Sheets anthology which won 2011 Anthology of the Year with the African-American Literary Award Show. Ni’Cola’s distinctive writing talent has led her to become a featured columnist for Urb Society Magazine, and a nominee for the 2014 I Am a Diva, literary awards. With her outstanding representation of Las Vegas’ African American community, Ni’Cola Mitchell was featured in the second edition of Who’s Who in Black Las Vegas. As well as being an author, Nicola is also a motivational speaker and literary consultant, which allowed her to become the recipient of the 2013 Queen that Rocks Award, from the Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Conference. Ni’Cola was also the 2015 Upward Bound Honoree award, presented by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and listed as one of the 5-Follow Worthy Female Bloggers in Black Enterprise. Recently her organization, Girls Who Brunch Tour, just received a Proclamation from the City of Charleston, South Carolina. Currently, she is touring across the country, speaking about the importance of going after your dreams and overcoming obstacles, and how to self-publish your book successfully. When she isn’t writing, Mitchell loves to spend time with her family and volunteers as a mentor for youth activities.
How would you describe you swagher? What makes Ni’Cola, Ni’Cola?
I first would like to say that I LOVE my Swagher! I am educated, intelligent, and a forward thinker, but at the same time down to earth. I love to laugh, dance, and have a good time. I am always cracking jokes, giving hugs, and not afraid to tell the next woman walking beside me that they are beautiful. I love to love, and be loved. I am not perfect, and will share my mistakes with you, if that allows you not to make the same ones. I don’t believe that the next woman is my competition, I look at her to support each other and will assist in building her up. All of the components above, are what makes Ni’Cola, Ni’Cola.
How long have you been writing and what sparked your interest in writing?
I have been writing all my life, but I did not venture out into novel writing until 2008. Coming from Jamaica and moving to Las Vegas in the 80’s, I felt like an outcast. I used my notebook to channel my thoughts, fears, and loneliness. As I grew, my writing evolved, and in high school, I was your go to girl for break up poems, LOL.
Do you have a particular writing routine?
No, I do not. I am all over the place when it comes to writing a story. I come up with a scene and will write for hours. Usually that scene is the one that I use for the Interlude and write the story around that. When I am really writing, I lock myself up away from the world and let the word flow from my pen.
Please tell us about your latest book, “Pum Pum”.
“Pum Pum” is about a young lady named Iyana, who was born in Jamaica, but came over to the United States at 3 months old and was set up for a drug charge and deported back to at the age of 22. After she left, her family never looked back, so Iyana had no clue about the poverty, and lack of that commercials do not display. She met the beautiful Phe-Phe who was also a deportee. Quickly they become friends, while Phe-Phe teaches Iyana how to survive by becoming a Dancehall Queen.
Even though there are many social issues in the book such as LGBT, HIV, Poverty, and Deportation, it is fast paced and entertaining. “Pum Pum 2” will be out by this summer.
I’ve noticed your followers seem to be fond of the characters you create in your works, what do you think makes them so memorable?
I believe that my characters have fan clubs, because my readers can always relate to one of them. I use situations that I have been through, friends, family, news, etc, and come up with powerful situations and very unique characters. My readers always find themselves or someone that they love in my characters, and I love it.
I also noticed you sit on many boards and do lots of volunteer work, which are some of your causes you like to support and why?
I am advocate for the following subject matters:
Even though I have never been on the street homeless, there was a point in my life that life was just as hard. I was a 20 year old mother of two and living in the budget suites in Las Vegas. I have been a victim of domestic violence, rape, and I was a teen mother, so if I can use my testimony to encourage and provide assistance for the unfortunate, I always will.
What obstacles have you overcame in your career or life and how did you do so?
Well my daughter is going blind in one eye and has a mass on her brain, so in the midst of all the meetings, touring, writing, etc, I have to be a Mom first and accompany her to all of her appointments. Some days I am overwhelmed, but her strength is what motivates me to keep going. She launched an online boutique with her girl friends. She is also a freelance makeup artist, and has artwork displayed all over Atlanta. If she can have tunnel vision and not allow life to pass her by, then so can I. I recently also lost my mother and my son whom I was seven months pregnant with weeks apart. I had to use the same drive from my child to get through the storm, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that some days it is so hard.
Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you would care to share with our followers? Please share a little about the Girls Who Brunch tour.
I have several tour stops coming up but I will list a few. You can catch me in the following places:
Palm Beach Florida:
Doing a mini girls who brunch for the IGCHS 5/20
My Teacher, My Hero Gala featuring Lee Daniels 5/21
East 38th Street Local Author Fair June 4 (Organizer/Speaker: Tea with Omar Tyree and Ni’Cola Mitchell)
GWBT June 18 Atlanta
Essence Festival July 1 (Book-Signing)
GWBT July 9 Indianapolis
GWBT July 16 Indianapolis
GWBT August 13 Las Vegas
Bloggers Week Unconference August 21 (Speaker: How to Make Instagram work for you)
Girls Who Brunch Tour’s (GWBT) purpose was designed to cultivate, inspire, and empower girls between the ages of 9 – 17 nationwide. I bring out the who’s who of women in each community and showcase them via panels and workshops for the young ladies. Through live entertainment, food, games, prizes, beauty lounges, and a red carpet, I want every young lady that attends to leave overjoyed and enriched!
What words of inspiration would you care to share in closing?
My words of inspiration is simple. In the words of Nike… “Just do it.” You will never know if you will succeed, if you do not try.
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