Nicola Marsh is a wordy woman! Writing, reading and tweeting prolifically with 4 books releasing this year. Not The Marrying Kind is the most recent of these and it’s getting rave reviews. I finally managed to catch Nicola between deadlines to answer some questions for us and all I can say is WOW! She’s had 32 books published and sold 3 million worldwide as well as collecting quite a host of awards for her work. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about her as much as I did.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I devoured books when I was little and loved writing my own stories. I finalled in a Herald Sun writing competition when I was 10 and that was my ‘a-ha’ moment. So I got sidetracked by physiotherapy for 13 years but hey, I eventually made it.
You have 4 books being published this year, how do you manage to write that prolifically and raise a family?
On very little sleep! I sold my first book while I was pregnant with my first child so I’ve always written at night and it has become a habit. Having a limited time frame to write tends to increase speed, as does writing daily.
Can you tell us a little about the publishers you are working with – is it separate imprints of the same company or different companies?
I’m currently published with 4 different companies. I’ve published 32 contemporary romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon, a mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD with Entangled Publishing, who are also the publisher of my newest release, NOT THE MARRYING KIND, a category romance.
In October I release a category romance, FALLING FOR FLYNN, with Crimson Romance, an imprint of F&W Media.
And in November 2013, my debut Young adult urban fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN with Month9Books.
What made you decide to write romance?
I’ve always loved to read romance so I’m naturally drawn to it. And at the risk of sounding corny, I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.
Where does your storyline inspiration come from?
Everywhere! An expression on a gorgeous actor’s face, a title of a newspaper article, a magazine snippet or most often, when I’m half-asleep and an idea shimmers into the edge of my imagination.
Your latest book is ‘Not The Marrying Kind’, what can you tell us about it?
It’s a personal favourite of mine, had an absolute ball writing it. Some books are easier to write than others and this one flew from my fingertips.
Take a Vegas bad boy, a brazen LA party planner who specializes in divorce parties as the Divorce Diva, match them in a marriage of inconvenience…guaranteed fireworks!
Reviews have been great in the first few weeks of release and I’m thrilled.
It’s available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook for $2.99
Here’s the blurb:
Who said marriage had to be convenient?
LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her side business—planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva—under wraps, but keeping her sister’s company afloat is proving tougher by the day. When a new divorce party prospect gives Poppy the opportunity to save the day and boost her bottom line, she can’t pass it up. But this time, she’s about to get way more than she bargained for…
Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood knows Poppy’s secret, and he’s not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants—a wife. With his reputation and corporate expansion plans on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, and fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, then so be it…
But they’re in the city of high stakes, and Poppy has a few aces up her sleeve. Now it’s time to find out if they’re playing to win…or if they’re playing for keeps.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
Reading! I could easily spend hours buried in a book. Sadly I don’t have as much time to read these days as I used to but if I could, I’d curl up in a chair and read all day.
Do you have a favourite book of all time?
I have so many favourites, this is a tough question! My favourite authors are Barbara O’Neal, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Lisa Gardner, so I’ll say No Place Like Home, Nobody’s Baby But Mine and The Perfect Husband respectively.
What are you reading at the moment?
Robin Covington’s ‘A Night of Southern Comfort.’ It’s a category romance from Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence series (who published my Not the Marrying Kind) and it’s fabulous. Super hot! And I can’t believe it’s a debut book!
Have you got any advice for aspiring writers?
Read widely in the genre you’re targeting. Write, write and write some more. The more you write the more your ‘voice’ develops.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being confident in my own skin. Being strong and capable while taking time out for fun and laughter. Being happy with the person I’ve become.
Thanks for your time Nicola, it’s been great.
Thanks so much for having me!
Nicola loves to chat with readers, though how she finds the time I’ll never know, so you can find her in all the usual online haunts:
And if you want to get a taste of Not The Marrying Kind you can read an excerpt HERE.
My blurb went missing… so now I have to bring you a new one. One that is a little broader too.
I devour books, vampires and supernatural creatures are my genre of choice but over the past couple of years I have broadened my horizons considerably.
I inhale music, hair metal that satisfies my inner bogan is where my musical passion lies, but again I’ve been exposed to lots of different music I wouldn’t normally listen to and have broadened those horizons also.
In a nutshell – I love to write! I love interacting with a diverse range of artists to bring you interviews.
Perhaps we were perfect before – I LOVE WORDS! Reading, writing, speaking, listening – if it’s got words I’m there!