NM: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a wild imagination. I did a lot of creative writing during my years in high school, and I often received good marks for my creativity. I love having creative control. My story ‘A Stranger’s Eyes’ is a product of my imagination taking control.
BBB: How did you come up with the idea for A Stranger's Eyes?
NM: I constantly have different story ideas running through my mind on a daily basis, only this time, after discussing this particular idea with my mother Carrie and partner Kieran, they insisted that I needed to get this story down on paper. My novel is inspired by such movies as; ‘The Skeleton Key’ and ‘The Craft’ mixed up together with a bit of history, drama, and underlying romance.
I love history and I’m in love with the idea of the supernatural.
My character, ‘Jesse’ was inspired both by my brother Trey Minty, and Jesse Lacey (The lead singer from the band: Brand New).
Jesse is a good-looking guy, just like my brother, with wild brown hair and green eyes. He is very impulsive and emotionally driven, but he can also get a little hot headed when provoked.
Jesse’s scorched relationship with Brooke was inspired by ‘Brand New's’ first album, and the two songs, Jude Law & Semester, and Seven times 7. Jesse Lacey (from Brand New) caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend, and through his lyrics, you soon learn how quickly love can turn into hate.
Is Sarah Hughes’s love interest from the 1930’s who happens to be the spitting image of Jesse.
When designing my book cover I was looking for a beautiful girl with blue eyes and long golden locks, who could pose as Sienna. Brooke Casserly sent me this photo, recommending Desiree Vassallo. As soon as I saw it, I was like: ‘yes, she is Sienna’.
Sienna is a stunning girl with a troubled background. Without the guidance of her parents, she’s made a lot of poor choices. She leaves home to be with her boyfriend Nathan, who manages to lead her further down a path of destruction. Sienna’s personality was inspired by Marisa from the TV series ‘The OC’ and Gia from the movie ‘Gia’, starring Angelina Jolie. Drug abuse can lead to a dramatic change in a person’s personality.
As we read on, we soon learn that Sienna is no longer in control of her body, Sarah Hughes is, and she has a very different personality altogether.
My character, ‘Sarah Hughes’ was inspired by my great grandmother, Sarah Hughes. She was a wonderful, warm woman, who always put others first. Although this is a fiction story, there are snippets of Sarah’s true story woven into my novel, and parts of her personality woven into my character.
NM: I am currently working on book 2 ‘Enemy’s Eyes’. There is a small synopsis for book number 2 and the end of ‘A Stranger’s Eyes’ book 1.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
NM: You can find me on Facebook and Twitter under the name Nikki Minty.