As an imaginative third grader growing up in upstate New York, Skylar Nightingale penned her first story—a since forgotten tale about a Dr. Seuss character—and won a writing contest at school. From there, her love for the craft only grew, as she spent her days dreaming up new characters and drawing inspiration from songs, news reports, and stories from those around her. Starting out, Nightingale’s writing was an outlet for self-expression, and a means of personal growth. Now, a more mature writer, she uses her stories to entertain and help others by providing readers with a brief escape from their own lives.
A romance author who writes both young and new adult romance, Nightingale applies her vast imagination to developing unique and fully fleshed out characters who introduce readers to new perspectives and experiences. As a romance reader herself, she understands the genre inside and out, and knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Nightingale’s first novel, Forbidden Acts, was self-published and released in 2014. Her most recent novel, Bound to You, came out on April 5th of this year to positive reviews and praise for its emotional draws and captivating plot twists. The book follows Nina, a young 20-something, and superstar Terry as their romance twists and turns in the wake of heartbreak and desire. The story is told from both characters’ perspectives, as each chapter’s narrator switches between Nina and Terry.
Currently residing in a small town with her close-knit family, Nightingale continues devoting much of her time to creating new characters and stories. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family. Visit Nightingale’s website to learn more about her and her writing.
What was your childhood like, and how did it help to shape who you are today?
I was a quiet child, but I did a lot of daydreaming. This made it easy to pen my characters on the page whenever we were required to write creatively in school. My imagination is still very vivid. This is what has shaped me into being a writer today.
Growing up, who were your biggest creative influences?
My biggest creative influences were Maya Angelou and Robert Frost.
What do you find most interesting or exciting about the romance genre?
It touches your heart, and it has you rooting for the character as you hope they will get their happily ever after.
How did you grow as a writer between your first novel, Forbidden Acts, and your second, Bound to You?
I found that I prefer to write in first person. I also have a particular voice for every character.
What inspired the story of Bound to You?
I was watching a music video of a singer that I like and I thought what would happen if…
How much are the stories or characters in your novels influenced by events or people in your own life?
They aren’t inspired by anyone in my life, but it is inspired by an artist that I like.
In the movie version of Bound to You, which actors and actresses do you cast to play the lead roles?
I would cast Keke Palmer as Nina and Trevor Jackson or a younger version of Usher as Terry Rayborn.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing?
The main advantage is creative freedom. The disadvantage is not having the marketing support from a traditional publisher.
Does being a writer require a thick skin?
Yes, it requires thick skin because you have to be able to take the positive along with the negative comments about your book and your writing.
What’s the best song or album you’ve heard recently?
The best song that I’ve heard recently is called “Ain’t No Problem” by Shade Jenifer.
What are you working on next?
I am working on another romance novel. It’s about a girl who falls for this guy, but has issues with her body image.