Spotlight on Nicola Marsh
Nicola is giving away a copy of her latest release A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON, her UK release this month, to one lucky commenter. Winner will be chosen at random on June 18th and will be contacted via email. Please provide this info if you wish to be included in the drawing.
NICOLA MARSH, USA Today Bestselling Author
Like so many other talented romance authors, you’re proving that there shouldn’t be a stereotype associated with romance. In fact, you worked as a physiotherapist for 13 years before making the leap into romance writing, what propelled you to finally take the leap?
I’d been saying for years “I’d love to write a book one day”…so I did! I was at work, between patients, and googled ‘romance writing in Melbourne’. I stumbled across the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, went along to a few meetings and it opened up a new world for me. Talk of synopses, partials, POV…it was like they were talking another language at first but thankfully I quickly cottoned on!
Congratulations on contracting your 24th book! Writing for Harlequin is a dream for many authors, how has your experience been writing for their category romances? Any advice for writers trying to break in?
Know the market. Harlequin has many different series, each with specific guidelines, so read widely in the series you’re targeting to get a feel for what the editors are buying.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere! Headlines in the newspaper, snippets from a magazine story but mostly in the middle of the night, when I’m just drifting off to sleep and the title, first line, first paragraph come to me fully formed. I jot it down and the next morning, off I go!
My first book, THE TYCOON’S DATING DEAL, came from a speed dating article I was reading at work one lunch time. I thought “hmm…sounds like an interesting concept for a book” and thankfully the editors at Harlequin thought so too.
Do you have plans for writing single title romances or another genre outside of contemporary?
I’ve written 2 mainstream contemporary romances which I adore but unfortunately, in this market, those books are a hard sell. I’d be competing against Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson (so I’ve been told!) so for now, those books are on hold.
That said, I’m super excited about another mainstream novel I’ve just completed. My agent is too, so fingers crossed!
Do you have any writing rituals you follow?
Yes, plonk my butt in the chair every day and write.
It’s as simple as that.
No matter how much I’d rather curl up with a book or watch a great TV show, writing is my job so I need to treat it as such.
The words won’t write themselves so I have to do it, every day.
Be dedicated to your craft.
What is the most extreme or spontaneous thing you’ve ever done and did it impact your life in any way?
In my late twenties I took off for the UK and Europe on my own, the first time I’d traveled alone. The experience was liberating and taught me I could do anything if I wanted it badly enough.
What is the biggest misconception about romance authors that you’ve come across?
That we’re frustrated housewives dabbling in a hobby. *Shudder*
What projects do you have in the future? What should we look out for?
This month I have a triple release!
In the USA, THREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID…(Harlequin Romance) hits the shelves along with OVERTIME IN THE BOSS’S BED (Harlequin Presents Extra).
In the UK, my recent Romantic Times finalist for Best Harlequin Romance 09, A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON is being re-released in an anthology DESTINATION: SUMMER WEDDINGS.
All 3 books are set in my gorgeous home city, Melbourne (though Overtime in the Boss’s Bed features Sydney and a Whitsunday Island too, while A Trip with the Tycoon is also set in India, on a luxurious train journey through Rajasthan.)
Great armchair travels!
Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Write, write and write some more. No matter how uninspired or tired you are, sit down and write, even if it’s a few hundred words. The more you write, the faster you become, the easier it is, the more habit-forming.
The way to discover your voice is by writing. Play around, try different genres, have a ball, follow your dream.
Any last words for our readers?
I absolutely love interacting with and hearing from readers, so please drop by my blog http://www.nicolamarsh.blogspot.com And you can find me on Twitter and Facebook too!
USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flare for Harlequin Romance and Modern Heat/Presents.
She’s had 24 books published and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
She’s a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, has finalled in several awards including the HOLT, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist in a previous life, she now adores writing, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
For more information on Nicola, visit her at: www.nicolamarsh.com
Interviewed by Jax Cassidy