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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

SEVEN YEARS OF BAD SEX

I am delighted to welcome Nicky Wells to talk about her great novel SEVEN YEAR OF BAD SEX which was released a few weeks ago. I have only just started reading the book and I am really enjoying it. What an intriguing plot! I can't wait to read what happens in the end...


Hello Nicky and thank you for coming on the blog today. What can you tell us about you?
Do you know, after four years of writing, appearing on blogs, doing readings, appearing at conferences, writing press releases, and hosting a radio show, this is still the question that trips me up. What does one say about oneself without sounding like a wanna-be wonder woman with a completely overinflated ego?


Nonetheless, you asked, so here goes. My name is Nicky Wells, and I write romance with rock stars because I am personally terminally attracted to long-haired, golden-voiced bad boys with a magical stage presence. I can’t help myself. However, I am actually quite a normal, down-to-earth person. I’m a wife and mum to two boys. When I’m not writing or rocking out, I like to cook, eat, make cocktails, and knit (sometimes). I’m from Germany, but I’ve lived in the UK for the past twenty-two years, and I think my family has finally given up expecting me to return any time soon. I have a wicked sense of humour, and I’m a chronic insomniac. Oh and, if I weren’t a writer and had a better voice, I’d have quite liked to front a rock band myself.

Rock stars are fascinating. I can certainly think of a few who would make great romance heroes! I see we are both originally from continental Europe, although I am not from Germany but from France.

I often get asked how I find inspiration for my stories. I find it a tricky question because pretty much anything can inspire me - a road map, a song or a painting. What about you, Nicky, where do you get your ideas for your stories?
Usually, stories come to me in a complete flash of inspiration triggered by the most random of events. I have a novel in the hopper that came to me on the bus. I was people watching and **coughs, embarrassed** eavesdropping, as one does on a bus, and I was pondering the meaning of life. Somebody was talking about office politics, and suddenly I had this idea for a story that has a rock star going into a witness-protection-style deep cover alternative existence… in an office job. Can you imagine his calamity? Can you imagine the potential for jokes, mishaps, and just general hilarity? I didn’t have anything to write with, so I had to tap the whole thing into the notes section of my phone. This will be my next novel to tackle!!

In three words - What kind of man is Alex, the hero of SEVEN YEARS OF BAD SEX?
Sexy, confused, and hopelessly romantic.

In three words - What kind of woman is Casey, your heroine?
Determined, resourceful, and funny.

What is the one thing you absolutely need to write?
Coffee, tea, and chocolate. That’s three things, hope you don’t mind?

Same as me, although I also like goat's cheese, especially if I'm working late in the evening (!). Can you tell us how you pick the name of your characters?
I used to trawl through lists of baby names until inspiration grabbed me. I usually look for names that are not affiliated with anyone I know, but that can get tricky. However, of late, I have delegated the important task of naming my characters to my readers. For “7 Years Bad Sex,” I put out a call on Facebook asking my readers to come up with a pair of names (hero and heroine), and I was overwhelmed by the reaction… so I had to pick the names out of a hat. It was great fun!

That's a really great idea! What comes first when you are thinking of a new story - the plot or the characters?
Oh gosh, there’s a question and a half! Actually, I don’t think I could separate the two. What usually happens is that I get a flash of inspiration, as per above, about something that happens to someone—so that’s plot and character right there. However, I tend to focus on developing the plan of action—the plot—before thinking about the character too much… I tend to find that the action defines the character, at least to begin with.

And finally, could you tell us about your best ever moment as a writer?
I don’t have a single moment as such, but let me tell you this. The best moments ever are when personal messages from readers ping into my inbox or come to me via Facebook or Twitter. It’s an amazing feeling when someone you don’t know takes the time to send you a message to tell you how much they enjoyed your book, how they identified with the hero or heroine, how much they laughed or cried. Honestly that means the world to me, and I always walk around with a huge smile on my face when I get such a message. It’s the best reward any writer could bet!

I totally agree. It's wonderful to think that people are actually reading and enjoying your book! Thank you so much for coming on the blog today and answering all my questions. 

Here is a little about SEVEN YEARS OF BAD SEX!

One wedding. One curse?  Disaster ever after…
A seven-years-bad-sex curse? Surely not! Yet something went wrong when rock singer Casey and drummer Alex got married on that beautiful yacht anchored off St Tropez in the south of France. Something went badly wrong. For even on their wedding night, the young couple discovers a complete and somewhat surprising inability to make love. Muddling through their honeymoon with a string of thin excuses for their predicament, the lovers defer finding a solution (and panicking) until the return to their home in London. After all, they married for life and to make rock music, not for the love of sex. Right?
But when they resume life as normal in London, all hell breaks loose. Increasingly frantic in their quest for release, the unhappy newlyweds embark on a string of hilarious and occasionally harmful antics that drives them, their band, and an assortment of random strangers to the brink of despair. But it ain’t over ‘til it’s over or, in this case… it ain’t over ‘til the newlyweds sing.

About Nicky Wells

Ultimate rock chick author Nicky Wells writes romance with rock stars—because there’s no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and ad-hoc radio show presenter. Rock on!

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas


 

Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.

 YOU CAN FIND THE PARTY HERE - https://www.facebook.com/events/1000603729951759/

There will be fun and games, Prizes and lots of laughs. Starting online at 9am on 20th June!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Marie, it's been a pleasure to visit, and I hope your readers enjoy meeting me. Happy weekend, one and all, and keep on rocking!

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    1. You are very welcome, Nicky. It was a pleasure!

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  2. Always a fab read and a fun author to communicate with...thanks for hosting Nicky Marie. Such fun reading about the naughty boys of rock, brings back such er...happy memories! This book will fly. Wishing you loads of mega success Nicky. Rock on and don't skip a beat. :)

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    1. Yes, I enjoyed Nicky's answers very much. Thank you for visiting, Jane.

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    2. Hi Jane! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. It's always a pleasure chatting with you too! :-) Hope all is well in the rocking Risdon household... Loveya! X

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  3. That was a fun interview! And, Nicky's book sounds fun, too. I like Nicky's personality in your interview so my guess is, I would like her book, too. I bet there is a lot of humor. How could there not be, with that premise? :D

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    1. Hi Shawn, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I'm blushing here, LOL! There is lots of humour in the book, and I'd love to hear what **you** thought of it if you get a chance to pick it up. Don't forget it's only 99p or 99c on Kindle right now... and until Thursday. Wishing you a glorious weekend! :-)
      x

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment 'Stepmom Shawn'. Nicky's novel is really fun. The title is brilliant and I love the cover too!

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