Hi, Nicola! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work.
Hi there. I’m an author of eight rom-com novels. I live in Berkshire with my cat Stanley. Six of my novels are currently self published. The SW19 Club and Love Me Tinder are with Accent Press. I’m currently writing novel number nine, with the working title of The Corner Shop in Cloverlea Cove.
Which gives you more satisfaction – to write a first draft, or to finish the last round of editing?
Definitely the last round of editing as it means another book is nearly on the shelf!
What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?
I like to write from the heart and a lot of my subject matter does come from life events that have happened to me. I have written about subjects others may fear to talk about; namely bereavement, miscarriage and infertility. It’s always very heartwarming to receive thank you messages from people I have helped with my candid and understanding take on such topics.
Pick a random piece of writing that you worked on ages ago and that never saw the light of day. Now tell us about it!
I started writing a book called Collidoscope about a very forthright lady who gets badly facially disfigured in an accident, but on realising that beauty is skin deep, refuses plastic surgery and finds happiness by just being her. I may resurrect it at some stage. I think it would make a blockbuster Hollywood movie.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you tell us about it?
Basically, when I start a book I just don’t stop writing. I usually wake early, say around six, start typing until I get too tired to type anymore, then start again the next day in the same way. It really is Groundhog Day when I am writing a new one.
What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?
A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale, a novel which managed to upset and uplift me in equal measure with probably the most disturbing opening chapter I’ve read in some time. I love Patrick’s work and can highly recommend it.
Who are some of your favourite unsigned and indie authors?
Ben Galley – fantasy author. He has been successful in his own right as an author and he is also a self publishing consultant, as am I. I like to advise people how to get their books out there in a cost effective manner. There are a lot of sharks who want to make a fast buck out of unsuspecting authors with a dream to fulfil.
What’s the best bit of writing advice that you’ve ever received?
Stephen King said to not edit until you’ve finished the whole book. Saves a lot of time and definitely makes sense.
What’s it like working with Accent Press? Tell us a little bit about your journey together.
I was of course delighted to sign a deal with Accent Press, but being honest, after being successfully self published it was really hard to let go of the control – i.e. not being able to check my sales every five minutes. They placed Love Me Tinder with WH Smith Travel which is really exciting. Seeing your books being sold at airports is very special!
How do you get the word out about your work?
My background is in PR and marketing so I use social media a lot. I also have a good relationship with BBC Radio Berkshire and am always looking at different angles to try and promote myself. I’m currently contacting literary festival organisers as I enjoy being on literary panels, plus public speaking.
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