Nicola is first and foremost, a Christian. Without Christ, she would be nothing else. Secondly, she is a wife and mother. Finally, she is a lover of books and music, and so had no choice but to create both.
Born in England to an English mother and an American father, Nicola spent much of her childhood outside of the United States. Now she resides in the U.S. in a 100 year-old house that provides great ambiance for writing and composing.
I am thrilled that you stopped by Chitchat and All That on your virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. I certainly hope that your tour has been rewarding to this point.
Thanks! It’s great to be a part of Chitchat and All That. The tour has been a wonderful experience.
Your book The Resurrection of Lady Somerset (Wild Rose Press, 2007) is a novel, but yet your book The Lighthouse (Wild Rose Press, 2007) is listed is a novella.
What is the difference between the novel and the novella?
NB: A novel is longer than a novella–a novella is longer than a short story but not as long as a novel. The lighthouse is about half the page count of The Resurrection of Lady Somerset.
When in the process of writing your books did you begin to look for a publisher?
NB: When I wrote Resurrection, I didn’t have a publisher in mind until after it was complete, but when I wrote The Lighthouse, I already had a relationship with The Wild Rose Press, so I knew it would go there first.
How long did it take you to find a publisher?
NB: Forever! With The Resurrection of Lady Somerset, the manuscript “made the rounds” before finding a home. The Lighthouse, on the other hand, was accepted right away.
What struggles in the publishing world did you encounter on the road to be published?
NB: The biggest struggle comes in getting one’s manuscript in front of an editor. That’s the only way the manuscript is going to be published, but it is also the most difficult thing to accomplish.
Which do you develop first; the characters or the plot?
NB: Definitely plot…I always think of a scenario, and then I discover who would find themselves in it.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
NB: I am really a “fly by my pants” writer. I have a basic idea of my characters, but I learn a lot about them as I write.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
NB: I have a general, sketchy idea–basically, the conflict, and resolution–and the rest comes as I write.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
NB: Most of the time I think I do, but just as often the end turns out differently than what I had first planned.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what would they be?
NB: It’s funny you should ask that. I think I did have a lot of my “attitude” in my heroines in my early books (the awful ones that will never see light), and I knew they needed to be their own person, and that is one reason I decided to make Lark (The Resurrection of Lady Somerset) mute. If she couldn’t talk, she couldn’t have my mouth. It was an exercise, but it taught me how to build characters that didn’t have anything to do with me.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
NB: The surprise ending. I thought I knew “who-dun-it,” but when it came time to write the “discovery,” I discovered it was someone else entirely.
What has been the best part about being published?
NB: That’s a tough one, Holding the book in my hand for the first time was a great feeling–but the positive feedback I’ve received from readers is the best.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novels?
NB: That they enjoyed the read. They don’t have to remember anything but that…oh, and to pick up my next…and next…and next. :o)
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
NB: Both are available directly from the publisher at www.thewildrosepress.com and The Resurrection of Lady Somerset is also available at Amazon or any bookstore (if not on the shelf, then for order.)
Thank you Nicola for joining us today. I wish you success on the rest of your virtual book tour.
Thanks so much. I’ve enjoyed “talking” with you.