Q1: Why did you choose themes many would find profoundly disturbing to make the focus of “If I Wake”?
I had severe depression while I was at University. I remember reading ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ and being intrigued by a writer broaching the subject of suicide but also disturbed by the fact it glorified suicide and the main character didn’t even have depression. I wanted to write a story that could start a conversation about mental health while showing what depression is like. I wanted to make sure my story didn’t glorify suicide and instead it could show that as long as there is life, there is still hope.
Q2: What did you find the hardest aspect to write about?
The part I find hardest about writing is getting the ideas out of my head – to sit down in front of the computer and stop procrastinating. I actually surprised myself with how well the aspects of this story came together. The emotional aspects of this story came easily as they were emotions I was familiar with. I had to do a fair amount of research for this book as it contains multiple times and locations.
Q3: If you were going to choose an optimistic and upbeat topic to write about in a book in the same kind of depth, what would you choose?
I like books that make me feel – the ones that make me laugh or cry. I have a few vague ideas for some ‘funny’ books, but I haven’t started writing them yet. At the moment I am working on a Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy/romance series. The first book has a bit of a ‘Bachelorette’ theme going on which my critique group love. I’ve recently published a short story called ‘The Castle’ which reveals the backstory of one of the secondary characters. That character’s story will be continued in the prequel which is in a very-rough draft stage.
I normally write Young Adult Speculative Fiction, but earlier this year I published a travelogue style book about a 96 kilometre trek I completed through the Papua New Guinea jungle where my grandad fought during WWII. It’s called ‘Kokoda Trek:75th anniversary’.
Nikki Moyes writes YA fiction and her first book, 'If I Wake' was published in 2016. She was born in Victoria and has moved around Australia amassing an eclectic range of occupations including tallship watch leader, apiarist, rose farm hand, and sandwich artist. In her spare time she learns tissu, static trapeze, and aerial hoop (she couldn’t decide on one) in case she needs to run off and join the circus. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.