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Today I’m on the ‘Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.
Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.
Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.
With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.
First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you for having me! 😊
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hi, I’m Nicola May. My tenth romantic comedy novel, Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay is #2 in a series of 3 and is out now! The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay spent over a month at #1 on the Amazon Kindle store and 16 weeks at #1 in romantic comedy. Since this success I have now signed with agent, Lorella Belli, for foreign rights and some of my books are to be translated into Italian, Spanish and Estonian. I also have a paperback publisher in Lightning Books and have signed with a TV and film agency.
I didn’t start writing until my thirties. I was working in PR at the time, loved a drink and smoked 20 a day and was dared to run a half marathon. I thought it would be quite funny to create a comedy diary of events throughout my tough training. Amazingly, I completed the run, but didn’t finish the diary. It did, however, give me the writing bug and I completed my first novel in less than a year.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read everything by Enid Blyton when I was a child. Now, I like to read Victoria Hislop, Jane Fallon, Patrick Gale, Marian Keyes and Milly Johnson.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice?
It would have to be William Shakespeare. I would love to sit with him now and show him the huge impact he has had on so many lives with his written word. If just one reader took just one thing from my writing and it stuck with them forever, that would make me so happy.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d have to invite Mary Cobb from my Cockleberry Bay series. She would need to bring her own teapot and cups so that she could read my tealeaves; plus of course a crystal that would suit my needs at the time. I’d also like her to bring Hot, the lovable Dachshund. He is, of course, a fictional animal, but I write about him and his quirky little ways so much that I feel like he could be real.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Aside from drinking lots of tea and often forgetting to eat, not really.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I have led a very colourful life, which in turn has allowed me to feel and express a full gamut of emotions. For example, in Star Fish; Piscean Amy dates each sign of the zodiac in order to find love. I’ve already put a few people in my novels and most of them know who they are. The one’s who don’t know, are the not so nice characters lurking within.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a panster?
Previously, I’ve always been a panster, not knowing where the story will take me from chapter to chapter. However, as I am now writing a series, I have had to be more mindful about plot continuation from book 2 through to book 3. Being honest, I initially wrote The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay as a stand-alone novel, but the outcry has been so great for further books, I have listened to my readers and Cockleberry Bay is about to come alive again with Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
DO Turn off the outside world If you are serious about writing a bestseller, then your imagination needs to be switched on and everything else turned off.
DO Get a good editor An accomplished editor will make the difference between a good book and a bestseller.
DO Gain early feedback from people you trust I have a small network of readers within my friends and family who read my books pre-edit.
DON’T Give up Writers write. If you have a talent and your dream is to become a bestselling author, then never give up. Believe and you will get there.
What are your future plans as an author?
As Cockleberry Bay is proving hugely popular with readers; I am already writing book #3 in the series of 3 with view to a December release. I am also thinking I may well stay down in the bay for future books too, so watch this space!
Last, but not least: Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
You can have two – there is going to be a romantic proposal and Hot finds himself a girlfriend!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Nicola May.
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