Friday, June 26, 2009
by Carol Burnside
Please join us in welcoming Nicole North. Nicole writes sensual and erotic romance novels, novellas and short stories. She has seen several of her short stories published in national magazines and has sold her first novella, Devil in a Kilt to Red Sage Publishing for inclusion in the Secrets Volume 27 anthology due out July 2009. The second novella in the series, Beast in a Kilt will be in Red Sage Secrets Volume 29 anthology. She has recently sold another novella, Kilted Lover, to Red Sage. Her works have finaled in over a dozen writing competitions and won several awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and three chapters. She teaches online writing workshops and her writing articles have been published in many chapter newsletters. She is proud to be represented by the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency. Her favorite hobbies are reading, candle-making and jewelry making. She and her husband live in the Southeast.
CB: Nicole, thanks for being our Guest Chef this week and may I just say, I love your cover art!
NN: Thanks!! I'm thrilled to be here! Glad you like the cover art. The guy looks so devilish, doesn't he? ;)
CB: Yes, he does. Congratulations on your impending release from Red Sage, Devil In A Kilt (Great title!). Can you tell us something about the story and when it will be available for purchase?
NN: Thanks, Carol!! I love talking about my story. LOL Here's the blurb. Devil in a Kilt (Secrets Vol. 27 Untamed Pleasures): A trip to the Highland Games turns into a trip to the past when modern day psychology professor Shauna MacRae touches Gavin MacTavish's four-hundred-year-old claymore. What she finds is a Devil In a Kilt she's had erotic fantasies about for months. Can Shauna break the curse imprisoning this shape shifting laird and his clan before an evil witch sends Shauna back to her time? The book should be released July 1. It's available for preorder online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, but I'm not sure when the ship date is. (Soon, I hope. LOL)
CB: Ooh, a yummy Scottish hero. What's not to like? I've seen the pictures from your visit to Scotland on your blog. They are gorgeous and it SO makes me want to go there. Why do you identify with Scotland, and how does it inspire you use it as a setting?
NN: Glad you liked the pictures! My love of Scotland grew slowly over the years, thanks to a friend who was gaga over Scotland before I was. Reading a lot of Scottish romance novels added to that. As far as I can tell, some of my early ancestors were probably from the Lowlands of Scotland. I'm not sure if it's in my blood or some kind of past life connection. But there is something about the breathtaking landscape that is awe inspiring. To me, Scotland (especially the Highlands) is the most hauntingly beautiful place on earth. Add to that the native people who lived in Scotland hundreds of years ago, their long, tragic history along with colorful myths and legends and you find a fascinating place and culture. One of my favorite quotes describes it nicely: "There is only mist, wind, rain, the cry of the curlew and the slow clouds above damp moorland. That is the real Scotland; that is the Scotland whose memory rings the withers of the far-from-home; and, in some way that is mysterious, that is the Scotland that even a stranger learns to love". H V Morton. Using Scotland as a setting feels natural to me and I always enjoy creating the descriptions.
CB: A lot of writers have several creative outlets in addition to writing. Do you, and if so, how do they help (if at all) with your writing?
NN: I've always had too many creative outlets. LOL I have a minor in studio art. I used to paint, make pottery, and do photography, etc. Later, I went through a crafting phase with floral arrangements. Garden design and amateur photography have been hobbies I've dabbled in since my college days. More recently, I've gotten into jewelry making. I suppose a parallel would be that I'm a visual person. Visual arts have always interested me. And I try to carry that over into my writing through vivid visual descriptions of people and places like painting with words.
CB: Wow, that sounds like great writing. Do you write any non-Scottish stories?
NN: Yes, I started out writing contemporary romantic suspense. I write in three subgenres of romance: paranormal, historical and contemporary. And I like to add dashes of suspense, a pinch of humor, and of course sexy hot scenes. One fun thing about Devil in a Kilt is that it incorporates every aspect of writing that I enjoy. I used genre blending to the fullest. :)
CB: You also have another yummy cover on your website for Kilted Lover, also from Red Sage. Tell us a bit about it too, please.
NN: Thanks! I love that cover too. The artist, Rae Monet, created something even better than I'd imagined. Kilted Lover is a contemporary erotic romance novella with a touch of the paranormal...
When kilted caber-tosser Scott MacPherson tosses Leslie Livingston over his shoulder to rescue her from two armed thieves trying to steal her priceless amulet, they are thrust into a deadly but sexy adventure. Though Leslie already has a lukewarm, uninterested boyfriend, her attraction to Scott is white-hot and undeniable. She wants to lick this tall, muscular alpha male all over and explore the depths of eroticism with him. But will he want anything more than one night once the danger is behind them?
CB: You also teach classes, I understand. Do you have any coming up that our author readers might be interested in, and if so, how can we find them?
NN: I'll be teaching three online classes this fall. In September, I'll teach Writing Hot Delicious Love Scenes for
Yosemite Romance Writers. (Then I'll teach that one again in November for a different chapter.) In October, I'll teach Turn Up the Heat! about creating sexual tension in romance for Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. You can find the links on my website. http://www.nicolenorth.com/ and then click on "Workshops" on the menu. There are detailed descriptions of these two classes along with student testimonials.
CB: Our readers and even the PFHT blog sisters are inquisitive folks. Would you mind popping in a couple times throughout the day to answer a few questions?
NN: I would love to answer questions! Bring 'em on! :)
CB: Nicole, we've enjoyed having you here. and it's been a pleasure talking to you. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
NN: Thank you, Carol! This has been wonderful! You ask great questions and don't mind when I go on and on about Scotland. LOL Anything else to share? Hmm... well, I should share with you guys that we received a 4-star review from Romantic Times. "Few anthologies give as much bang for the buck as this one."—Devon Paige
Thanks again everyone!!
CB: That's a terrific start, Nicole. We should all be so lucky!
Readers, Nicole has book trailers posted on her website if you'd like to pop over and check them out. Also, she's graciously offered to give away a pair of her fabulous, handcrafted sterling silver and semi-precious stone earrings. A winner will be drawn at random from those who comment on this post. Good luck!