1.) What did you want to be when you grew up?
Actually, I wanted to be a writer! So I guess dreams do come true J Although, I still have a day job in HR at the moment and the ultimate dream is to write full-time so I’m not quite there yet.
I do remember wanting to be a midwife or a lawyer at different times, but doing something related to writing e.g. a journalist or novelist, was always the constant. I am an avid reader and love reading for many reasons - for entertainment, for escapism, to be emotionally engaged or to learn something about myself and the world I live in... It’s a huge privilege to be able to make stories up that might provide the same for other people. I count myself lucky every day to do something that I love so much.
2.) Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Definitely tea, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is make myself a mug to sit down with on the sofa as I wake up. I have at least another two cups a day at work. We’re big tea and coffee drinkers in the HR department I work in; someone is always stood by the kettle and biscuits are regularly circulated too!
I do also like coffee but could go for days without drinking it. I’m partial to the odd hot chocolate but it has to have whipped cream and sprinkles on it!
3.) What genre do you typically read? Why?
I’ve been reading a lot of (crime) thrillers, police procedural and serial killer series recently. I’ve also read some commercial fiction. I’ve read some fantastic books over the last few months including C.L. Taylor’s The Lie, Lucy Clarke’s The Blue, How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst, The Missing Husband by Amanda Brooke and the Kim Stone series by Angie Marsons.
I’ve probably read more in those genres because while I’m writing romance/chick lit I try not to read in the same genre to avoid the danger of soaking up another author’s voice or subconsciously echoing ideas. It’s never happened so far but I prefer to avoid the risk! Now that I’ve finished the #LoveLondon series and am taking a short break from writing to focus on promo and look for an agent, I will be buying some romance novels and am really looking forward to reading them.
4.) Share a favourite childhood memory.
It’s sad that I don’t feel able to let my kids do this nowadays (because times have changed, I live in a built up area and there is so much perceived danger in the world), but I still remember the innocence of running around the streets or riding my BMX with a massive group of neighbourhood kids when I was about six years old. We used to play Block 1-2-3 or What’s the Time Mister Wolf? It was such good fun and I have very fond memories. One of my best friends ended up buying a house on the road I grew up on, and every time I visit her and look down the street at the houses and cars, it makes me smile.
5.) Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
Yes! Books is definitely one of them. I have loads crammed into my bookcase and on my bedside drawers and the Kindle and iBooks apps on my iPhone are full to bursting. But I’m a firm believer you can never have too many books and if I ever have any spare time you will usually find me curled up in a corner somewhere reading.
I would count writing as an addiction too. Over the last two years I don’t think I’ve gone longer than two weeks without writing (and I think that’s probably a stretch). The break I’m about to take from writing will be around six weeks long, but I will be spending time doing writing related stuff and I’m not sure I’ll be able to stop myself from jotting things down occasionally. My writing schedule has been so hectic with the #LoveLondon series over the last year that I feel like I need a little time to catch up with friends and family. I think I’ve probably neglected them a bit...
I must admit I am also partial to dresses (I have loads in my wardrobe), shoes (but don’t have as many pairs as I’d like), white wine and cocktails...
6.) What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
The fear that it won’t be as good as the last one and the pressure to make this one even better.
I also face a challenge every time I write a book or story because I hit this mid-story slump in the middle where I run out of steam, think it’s a heap of rubbish and want to start something new. The hardest part is keeping the momentum going and ploughing on until I reach the end. If it really is rubbish I can work on that during the redrafts, and my editor can give me feedback, but you can’t edit or improve something that doesn’t exist, so it’s important to get all of that first draft (what I refer to as a ‘dirty draft’) down on paper.
7.) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
No, but I used to when I was starting out. I had a spreadsheet where I would keep a tally of the number of words written each day against my target number of words. It can be very effective, and one November I wrote 50,000 words as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Now I tend to aim to write sections, scenes or a chapter each time I sit down to write. My chapters as a rule tend to be around 5 – 7,000 words long and on a good writing day when I’m not at the day job, I can write a complete chapter.
8.) What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Before #LoveLondon I’d never written a series. It’s been tough, but I’ve loved it! It’s been very exciting and a real challenge to write five novellas and one novel that are linked by characters but can also stand alone, that have the same settings e.g. well known places in London, and are all romances with the same author ‘voice’ but each one uniquely different. Continuity and keeping track of characters and relationships has been interesting and I’ve made vast amounts of notes and used spider diagrams to track it all. Hopefully I haven’t slipped up anywhere! I learnt a lot and wanted to share the experience with other writers so I’ve written an article about the subject which can be found here http://booksbywomen.org/survival-guide-to-writing-an-ebook-series-by-nikki-moore
Thanks so much for letting me pop in Rachel, I’ve really enjoyed it and would love to hear from readers or aspiring authors who have questions or want to chat. The best place to find me is on Twitter @NikkiMoore-Auth J
The last story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore! The perfect novel for reading in the sunshine... and falling in love with London.
A summer to remember... or forget?
When Zoe Harper returns to the UK after five long years in New York, the last thing she expects is to find her younger sister Melody jobless, homeless, broke and dumped. Unfortunately, life has a way of delivering the unexpected. She should know that, given her ex-fiancé Greg’s faithless behaviour.
Filled with rage and determined to get revenge on the infamous Reilly brothers for her sister’s heartbreak, as well as get some answers, Zoe hatches plan Nannygate. Unfortunately that means moving in with the gorgeous but uncaring music producer Matt Reilly to be nanny to his two adorable, complicated children. But something isn’t adding up, and over the course of the hot London summer, she starts to think that perhaps Matt isn’t so bad after all.
Let down by his last nanny and weighed down with guilt about his wife’s death three years before, wealthy but camera-shy Matt has spent a long time pushing people away, including his own kids. His stunning new nanny challenges him every single day in completely different ways, but maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
But what happens when you open your heart, and someone isn’t who you thought they were? And can it really be true love when it’s on the rebound, and starts off with a plan for revenge?
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Released as an eBook on 13th August 2015, with the paperback to follow.
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Nikki Moore – Bio
A Dorset girl and social media addict, Nikki Moore has a HR day job, two kids and a lovely boyfriend to keep her busy alongside the writing. She was in the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme for four years and is now a full RNA member. Nikki was a finalist in several writing competitions from 2010 including the Elizabeth Goudge trophy and Novelicious Undiscovered, before being offered a publishing contract.
Published mainly by HarperImpulse, she’s the author of the #LoveLondon series, which has attracted four and five star reviews on Amazon, with some of the novellas featuring in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart. The last in the series, Picnics in Hyde Park is due out in August. She has a short story in the bestselling RNA/Mills & Boon anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut novel Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015 (for new writing) and she is a strong supporter of aspiring authors.
Please pop over for a chat on Twitter @NikkiMoore_Auth or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites She would love to hear from you!