Nicki Harris Salcedo | Episode 31

After a summer break we’re back, and we couldn’t be happier to be starting off with a conversation and reading with Nicki Harris Salcedo.

Nicki is a gem in the Atlanta literary community, where many go for the gloom within life she takes the other route focusing more on the shine. She shares a bit about her approach and mindset in this episode but also we get into a discussion about how once a piece is written or preformed it has very little to do with the author anymore.

“Writing is not about me. I wrote the words but it’s about you. It’s about the reader and I accept that,” she says.

We also dive into Nicki’s essay “Dear Suzanne Brockmann” where she detailed her experiences of micro aggressions she faced over some of her work for having black characters. The need for diversity to be represented (and marketed) goes well beyond just the RWA (Romance Writers of America). 

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Nicki Salcedo is the author of Intersections, Echoes of the Same, All Beautiful Things and In My Father's Shoes . She has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University.  Her newest book, In My father’s Shoes is out now. She has major stage fright and yet she has appeared in live literary events such as Listen To Your Mother, Write Club Atlanta, Bleux Stocking Society, Debate! and Scene and Song Missing. She loves connecting with writers and readers.

You can find more about Nicki Harris Salcedo here and buy In My Father's Shoes here.

Conversation topics included: 

  • Taking all your writing for a year and releasing it. Internet/chapbook, whatever. Get it out there.

  • The most misinterpreted thing you’ve ever written

  • Difference between live literature and the written page

  • Snooty misconceptions about the South

  • Getting old is great… forget what ya heard.

We hope you enjoy the episode.