Today I am pleased to share another wonderful Q & A interview with Nicole Castro. I’m telling you this is good! She had me laughing with some of her answers. : )
Nicole is the author of three romantic novellas, two historical romance novels and one children’s story. Read on to find out more about her, her books and why she decided to become a writer!
Lets see what she had to say….
EB: Please provide me with a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book:
NC: I love to write contemporary romantic novellas with “real talk”. You won’t find sweet, flowery prose in my books. I am married to a drummer, live in Michigan, and speak several languages. I love coffee, football, astronomy, cats, and crows. Writing was thrust upon me because my characters won’t shut up. Write their story or go crazy.
EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
NC: It’s certainly not to get rich! Of course I wouldn’t mind being a JK Rowling, but I don’t think any writer goes in expecting that. I love to put a smile on people’s faces. It makes me feel great when someone tells me they are in love with one of my characters (because I am too [see Ashe Whitaker from The Appleton House]) or that they couldn’t put my book down. That’s what we all wish for, really.
EB: Which writers inspire you?
NC: Kat Martin, Lisa Kleypas – but my favorite book is The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
EB: What is your writing routine?
NC: I never force myself to write. If you try to squeeze blood out of a stone, you’ll get nothing or get stuff you’ll have to delete anyway. I love to sit on my balcony with a cup of coffee and write! I recommend Google Drive so you can always access your work. One thing that I guess you could call a quirk or mine is that I have to cast my characters- usually with actors. Every character that you read about in my books has a “real” face. I have to cast or I can’t write!
EB: Which of your books was the easiest/hardest to write?
NC: My newest romantic novella, The Appleton House, was like a hurricane. It would not stop. I wrote 17,000 words in 9 days (I have a full time job other than writing). At the opposite end of the spectrum, Stone and Glass took a decade (no, really).
EB: Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
NC: Some of the wilder sex scenes in A Precise Moment. It has a 5 star average rating though so I think it is going over well!
EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book? What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration?
NC: > A book needs to evoke emotion. The reader has to give a flying fig about what happens to the characters or the book is doomed. >> I hate characters named Kate. I like the name in general; I just hate it for a character name. It is so overused! I also hate when the author makes the character stand in front of a mirror. If you can’t come up with a better way to convey your character’s face, you need more education about writing. These two are cardinal sins! I read the first two paragraphs of a certain VERY popular book and saw these two items. I put it down immediately.
EB: What do you do to get book reviews?
NC: If I know someone has read a book, I ask them to leave a review. Also, I email reviewers! It’s worth it if they say yes!
EB: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
NC: I’ve just started- I’ll let you know!
EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
NC: You have to make sure the reviewers want to read your genre. Do your homework before you start sending out dozens of emails.
EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
NC: Of course! I pay attention to the good ones. The bad ones aren’t usually constructive. It’s difficult when you have a five star review and a one star review for the same book! It makes you question a lot, but everyone is different.
EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
NC: Read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Self-Editing-Fiction-Writers-Second-Edition/dp/0060545690
Surround yourself with other writers. Socialize. Join groups. Follow people (twitter, wordpress- not stalking). You’re not selling your book, you’re selling yourself as a brand. Be interesting.
EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
NC: My books are not “sweet”. It kind of makes me want to gag when I see reviews of other books with that word. If you want a lovey-dovey romance, I am not your author. My characters swear, have pre-marital sex and drink whiskey. That’s more in alignment with reality. But don’t worry, romance = HEA.
EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
NC: #3 (ha ha!)
EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
NC: All of my e-books are under $2.00 and available on either Kindle and/or Nook!
EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)
NC: I’m exploring a more suspenseful/mystery novella. Think young CIA agents in Paris, both have been lied to as to what their real mission is… Also, I wouldn’t mind writing another full length novel. I’ll release SOMEthing by the end of the year!
EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_10?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=nicole+castro&sprefix=nicole+cas%2Cdigital-text%2C214
Nook link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/nicole-castro?store=ebook&keyword=nicole+castro
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authornicolecastro114
Publication Date: October 20, 2011
Adult language, sexual content. Brynn Cash is so over her life in the mid-west, so it’s high time to do something wild and get a new one. Moving across the country seems like a radical idea- because it is- but working in a bookstore for beans is just plain crazy. A chance meeting puts Brynn in front of one of her idols, Jared West. She might be a city girl living in the desert, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a one night stand. When she gets an opportunity to visit him in LA, she isn’t sure which one is worse- getting Jared’s sole attention or being invisible to him.
Publication Date: July 29, 2013
Adult language, sexual content. A man. A ring. A box. It’s not what you think. Natalie Journeycake can barely pay her rent. Hell, sometimes she flat out can’t! But when her landlady sells the only thing Talie had to barter with- her dead brother Sam’s Celtic ring- she has to try to get it back. When she loses the auction where it is being sold, she tries to plead with the winner, only to find out it is the same hot Irishman she met earlier in the week. Declan Quinn’s new place in her life is a little too convenient and she suspects that they did not meet by accident. Declan may have the ring, but as they get closer, Talie is in danger of losing her heart.
When she learns that the junky piece of jewelry is the key to opening Sam’s safety deposit box in London, she’s as intrigued as Declan is determined. Follow them as they jump through hoops and dodge daggers in order to find out what Sam left behind- for the both of them.
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Just one night together wouldn’t be enough for either of them.
Olivia Caine, Dowager Duchess Helford, could not be happier to be a widow. Although her cruel husband deserved his mysterious death, Olivia had no intentions of marrying again- that is until she meets the handsome innkeeper, Edward Deckhart. But he has a dark past that places him right in the middle of the duke’s murder. Olivia can’t shake the feeling that he is lying by omission…
Edward Deckhart has a rebellious heart that has never obeyed the rules of the ton. Being an inn keeper has kept him away from society’s requirements of a young man and lets him do whatever he wishes. When a beautiful blonde woman takes a room for the night, he cannot help but be intrigued by her cryptic behavior. She is hiding something, he is sure of it. Can he keep his own secrets buried while trying to uncover hers?
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
Children’s story – ages 8-12
Camping can be pretty rainy and boring in Michigan, but when two brothers discover an unusual golden key on the beach, great responsibility is thrust upon them. If they answer three questions right, they are granted a wish. When faced with the choice of saving the world or a wheelbarrow full of bacon, the boys have some intense decisions to make!
Publication Date: October 19, 2011
Being sought out to create a wardrobe for a member of the ton was like a dream come true for seamstress Alyssa Barrington- until thoughts of her handsome, and titled, employer interfered with her work. An inherited piece of jewelry puts her in the middle of the battle between the earl and his nemesis, Bradford Vaughn, the viscount Harsdale. When the proof of its origin she has so desperately sought falls in to her lap, she must decide whether to tell the truth and destroy the earl or keep quiet to save her own soul.
Nothing prepared William Clayton Carver, seventh earl Stonelocke, for having a dark haired beauty live under his roof. When she needs his help, he has to overcome his own guilt to help Alyssa find a truth of her own. Accepting her past is one thing, recognizing her lies is another. When she disappears, Clay combines forces with the viscount Harsdale in order to find the woman that they both love.
Publication Date: August 24, 2013
This romantic novella has adult language, sexual content, and is told from the male perspective.
Master carpenter Ashe Whitaker is excited to work on the historic bed and breakfast, The Appleton House, but the owner’s daughter proves to be a distraction. Finding out that fun-loving Perry is engaged is only a minor set-back. He’s been an idiot fiancé before and knows just what seeds of doubt to plant in order to get her into his bed. Ashe knows Perry wants him and exposes her sinfully shameless side. But Ashe’s forever-a-bachelor reputation is in jeopardy when Perry threatens to nail down his heart instead of being just another notch in his tool belt.
Thank you Nicole Castro for the interview and to everyone else for stopping by!
- The Appleton House (nmcastro114.wordpress.com)