My Name Is…Nicole Nageli

Teenager, author

Posted 9/25/16

About me

I'm a 13-year-old entrepreneur who is funny, creative and smart. I turned 13 last month and, so far, being a teenager is pretty awesome! Starting my own company, N3 Cartoons, at 12 years old made me realize that nothing is impossible no …

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My Name Is…Nicole Nageli

Teenager, author

Posted

About me

I'm a 13-year-old entrepreneur who is funny, creative and smart. I turned 13 last month and, so far, being a teenager is pretty awesome! Starting my own company, N3 Cartoons, at 12 years old made me realize that nothing is impossible no matter how young you are. Also, I am a huge Sherlock fan. This summer when we went to London, I visited 221B Baker Street and was so excited to see other Sherlock fans.

Inspired at a young age

My dad has lots of Asterix, Tintin and Calvin & Hobbes comic books! I've been reading them since I was a kid. I love how Asterix has all of these puns, Tintin's action-packed stories, and Bill Watterson's amazing drawings of Calvin and Hobbes. I also love Sarah Andersen and Cassandra Calin's comics! They both are so funny and capture daily life perfectly. All of these inspired me to create my own storylines and drawings.

Becoming a graphic novelist

It has been an amazing experience writing “The Adventures of Kate the Cat.” I came up with the idea while drawing in my sketchbook. I drew a cat several times and gave it funny expressions. I then started dreaming up names for her. I kept asking my family what they thought. “Ooh! I know! Her name will be Kate!” Then, I imagined Kate had a whole life around her. I made Kate's personality a mix of my own personality. All of the other characters are a mix of the personalities of my friends, family and others.

It was really, really hard sometimes with school and all the other things I was doing. It took a long time to write and draw much more than I initially thought. I'm super happy that I wrote a book and published it on Amazon.

Why reading opens the mind

I think reading is very important as it sparks your imagination. Kids my age have so many options, like watching TV, playing video games, etc., but I think reading opens up your mind. Reading different genres and formats of books helps to develop a broad perspective on the world around us and develop our own opinions.

Looking forward

I will continue writing books and build my company N3 Cartoons so I can promote more of my books. I am working on my next book. It will come out in early December. Kate and friends return with a new character and it is based in Castle Rock. Most of the plot revolves around the star lighting that happens in Castle Rock. I really would like to see one of my graphic novels as a TV series or a movie.

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