Here's my interview with her, and at the end of that, you'll find my review of the fantastic Sophie's Turn and some background info about Nicky and how to keep up with her work and how to buy her book.
Hope you enjoy our chat - we did!
Welcome back to my blog Nicky, thanks so much for joining me today.
Hey, Kim! It’s so wonderful to be back on your amazing blog today. Haven’t we both come a long way since the first time you invited me here? Thanks so much for all your support along the way and for being part of the journey in every respect. Ooooh, I’m coming over all lyrical here, best crack on with your questions.
Tell us about you and your life?
Wow, that’s a big question! I’ll have a go at ‘my life in 300 words or less.’
I was born in Germany (am still German, as it happens) and moved to the UK in 1993 to study for a degree in European Studies at Royal Holloway College. I loved it here from the very first day and have never looked back. When I finished studying, I found myself a job as a professional researcher in London. I spent six years living in Tooting and had a blast—mostly. When I met my husband, I instantly knew that he was the one; he must have felt the same way because we got engaged within the year, and married within another year. That was eight years ago! We moved to Bristol, I quit my job, wrote a book, and popped out two children. (Did I really just say, ‘popped out’?). I wrote book two, signed my work with Sapphire Star Publishing and then my husband took a new job, so most recently we’ve moved the family up to Lincoln. To say that we’ve had a bit of an exciting year so far would be an understatement!
I love, love, love chick lit but I read almost anything. I love, love, love rock music (as you may have guessed) and even now can be seen flouncing off to the odd gig here or there. Thankfully my husband likes coming along! I adore seafood (prawns, scallops, lobster: I’m a cheap date, huh?). When I write, I alternate between chocolate binges and crisp binges.
There: my life in 243 words!
What makes you want to write?
I love making up stories. When I was little, I used to make up stories in my head to get myself to sleep. When I was at primary school, I used to have a little notebook by my bed, and after lights out, I would sit on the window sill and write my stories (in green ink: I can see my scrawly handwriting now…). I don’t know exactly what makes me want to write, except for an urge to express ideas and play with words, and then not to forget it all. That’s the basic answer. The more complex, adult answer is that I also want to make people smile, laugh and feel happy. And one way I can do that is through writing and sharing my stories.
Oh God, how do I? Not very well, at the moment. Sophie’s Turn was written before my first child was born. In the intervening years, I just about managed to go through some editing and re-writing rounds here or there. I guess I didn’t pick up writing the sequel to Sophie’s Turn in earnest until after my younger son had started primary school last year. Now, I work fast and furiously during the school hours, and sometimes before the family gets up or after everyone goes to bed. That’s a lot of working hours but I am just totally driven by the ‘writing thing’ and when I have a book wanting ‘out’… well, I just got to get it on paper. Or on screen, more precisely.
What advice would you give to a budding writer who would like to publish their own book?
My advice would be build a social networking platform early on, preferably in advance of pursuing publishing options, whether independent publishing or submitting to agents or publishers directly. I definitely did everything backwards and found it very hard work to catch up. So, aspiring authors out there: if you haven’t already done so, set yourself up on Twitter and Facebook (as an author, not an individual), create that blog, and get networking. Have a strategy for publicising your book. Identify some book bloggers and ask them to review your work. Plan a book tour, virtual or otherwise. Know your own work! That sounds incredibly obvious, but actually coming up with the one-sentence blow-your-mind-and-get-you-hooked description of your work is fantastically difficult. And lastly, don’t be shy. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, if you don’t shout, you don’t get heard!
I am writing more—just try and stop me! Book two, 'Sophie’s Run', is completely written and coming your way from Sapphire Star Publishing on 7 February 2013!! Sophie will return… and she’ll bring Dan and Rachel with her again. Rachel will have a much bigger role to play, and one that is not always easy or pleasant. There will be two weddings (I think) and at least one disastrous break up. Sophie will continue her travels: there will be a number of trips to a variety of places in quite different moods. And there will be some stunningly funny moments, I promise!
So that’s the sequel to Sophie’s Turn. Book three, the concluding part of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy, is titled 'Sophie's Encore' and is due for release by Sapphire star Publishing in September 2013. It's all planned and yes, I know how it ends but I won’t tell! Get ready for a stunning finale though!
I’m both a creature of habit and a nomadic writer. I like writing in my new office (I’m in love with having a dedicated writing space again!) but I also do roam around the house when the walls are threatening to close in on me. I quite often write in the lounge, or sometimes in the sunroom, which has a lovely airy feel to it and great views of the garden.
At the moment, I’m reading something quite different from my own genre, David Baldacci’s Zero Day! It’s gritty and gripping and just a touch on the gory side in places, but I do like a good thriller.
I read almost anything, although chick lit is a firm favourite. I like a bit of a lift, a bit of laughter, a bit of escapism! The first chick lit novel I ever read was Catherine Alliott’s The Old-Girl Network. That still sits on my shelf today although the copy is almost falling apart now, having been read so many times. I also read literary fiction and David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood and Stephen Fry have written some of my favourite books there. My husband introduced me to Terry Pratchett of late and The Unseen Academicals is one of my top reads of all times!
It's been a pleasure Nicky, please do come back as often as you like xxx