Interview and GIVEAWAY with contemporary romance author, Nicola May...

I am thrilled to welcome contemporary romance author, Nicola May to my blog today and to be a part of her new tour! Welcome Nicola - let's kick off with my questions...

 1.) What is your favourite thing about yourself?

Having the intuition to be able to respond to any situation in the appropriate manner.

2.) What do you wish you’d known before you started writing?

That having a traditional publisher doesn’t guarantee success.

3.) Share a romantic moment in your life.

A memory of sitting on a garden bench with a new boyfriend on a holiday in the Lake District drinking pink champagne and laughing just sprung to mind.  The garden was at the bottom of a mountain; the scenery was spectacular, and I ended up using the cottage and village in my first novel; Working it Out.

4.) Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it?

There is nothing I wouldn’t tackle subject wise, but I would never write fantasy, as I only like to read, write and watch things that happen in real time.

5.) Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Just write and write some more. I am currently writing my eleventh novel and am still learning with regards to shorter sentence structure; avoiding “he said” “she said”, like the plague and not using the same word too many times on a page.

6.) If you could be the original author for any book, what would it be? Why?

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I love that book and have also visited the house where Daphne used to live and write in Fowey. I aspire to buy a cottage that has a writing room overlooking the ocean; just like hers. I love the Devon/Cornwall area, hence me basing the Cockleberry Bay series in the south west of England.

7.) What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

I used to quite often tell my mum that I was staying at a friend’s house but would really be going to wild teenager parties. I got busted once and was grounded for a week.

8.) If I came to your house for dinner what would you prepare for me? Why?

We would have all kinds of Tapas; chorizo, patatas bravas and tasty breads would be included in that. I think when having a dinner party, it is so nice to share and discuss the food; along with other good conversation of course! For dessert it would have to be my favourite; rhubarb crumble, custard and clotted cream.

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay
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.
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About Nicola May
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.
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