Tannika Nelson talks Underclass 7.
Friday 23rd January 2015 @ 08:52 by Anna Fletcher
Poet's Corner

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In Tannika Nelson’s new novel Underclass 7, seven men get more than they bargained for after burgling an old abandoned house.

Tannika based her novel around the seven deadly sins with each character representing one of them. She categorises the book as a crime novel with a supernatural element to it and is already hoping to write a sequel after reader demand became quite overwhelming.

As a woman just about to turn 20 writing the characters of 7 men was an interesting task.

Tannika said: “It was very diffi cult because I’m writing as seven men and need to be aware of who represents what and familiarise myself with my characters. It was a lot to juggle seven characters at once.

“It was challenging but when I write books I try to put myself in the character’s shoes, I am writing as a male in that generation.”

Tannika’s first book, Tales of the Hood, was published when she was only 16 and she has enjoyed writing all her life, but since starting her studies in Criminal Justice at Westminster University, she has begun to focus even more on crime novels.

She said: “I liked writing in secondary school and that’s what made me start writing my first book. It has stemmed from there but bring at university has helped me to be able to use crime to create a fi ctional setting and story.

“Part of the reason I did the course was so I could get quality knowledge and a lot fo the stuff in Underclass 7 has come through my studies.”

Tannika has gone the self-publishing route and though expensive she does not regret the decision and now has a good fan base for her work.

She said: “It is a big investment but I feel like if you have faith in your writing then you should go for it, marketing is the hardest aspect really but with social media you can utlise such a big audience now.”

Tannika also write for online magazine the Hairdressers Eyes which focuses on travel, beauty and fashion and she also writes a lot of poetry.

Tannika’s advice for other aspiring writers was to keep going: “I’m writing on the go all the time; when I am waiting for the microwave to finish or on the train. You spend a lot of your life waiting to do things and in those little spaces you can get more done, I utilise all the time that I have.

“To other writers I would say keep going with your book; whatever you start you should fi nish because the hardest thing is putting it down and going back to it, it feels unending.

“You will hit lots of writing blocks but my main piece of advice is to keep writing try not to have prolonged breaks where you lose motivation.”