|The story starts with the Blind Date. |
You know the one.
Set up by your friends who are worried about you and you agree to go under protest – and here because they promise to make a donation to your favourite charity.
And you are curvy and your date doesn’t believe you don’t eat a lot – especially fatty fried food – and orders for you. Food you don’t want.
And he flirts with the waitress, makes derogatory remarks and implications about your shape and size and then leaves.
The story is told by both characters, Nicole and Drew, so we learn early on that he really likes her in an sort of she irritates him and he keeps thinking about her sort of way – and so the trope begins.
I liked the storyline. I liked Nicole and her values and her daughter and her mother too.
I approve of environmental concerns and definitely saving the whale and reducing plastic use. Nicely written and fun to read.
Lindsey starts this story 8 weeks before the main events when she is living in a small apartment above a battle-axe.
Lindsey is a Food Blogger and plays on her name Lindsey Love for the name of her blog. And she is getting known in the media and TV shows are…
And the show that they want her to do next involves a Producer who doesn’t want to produce for his ‘friend’ as the last show he did for him was – well let’s just say he got naked a lot in that one!
So we have anguish, dislike, anger and lots of steam in various forms.
And a nicely written book about food. Little cafes, interesting places to go to visit in Europe, and a love story in the end.
Fun Facts about Author
Where did you get your penchant for writing?
I grew up in a family who recounted family lore all the time. It was a way family history was passed on from generation to generation. Additionally, books I read in my youth, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and comics hooked me on suspense stories. Italian novellas hooked me on romance.
Favorite Genres for reading and writing
Reading: Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, including regency romance, young adult, contemporary and women’s fiction
Writing preference: a combination of romance and suspense.
Inspirations: Movies, history, and personal stories, and art history.
Favorite activity: travelling. I’m an avid foodie who cooks and posts too much food porn, but I include my own recipes in the newsletters.
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The latest books are part of a series––The Blue Trilogy. Though the genre is enemies to lovers and romantic suspense. The two characters had a one-night stand where the man ghosted the woman as soon as the tryst ended. He was a real cad. Imagine the emotions when they are sitting across from each other in a conference room. They cross paths seeking a missing person and technology theft.
What character(s) in your books are your favorite?
The female character, Grace, from The Confessional, got into my head and made me feel all the emotions, pain, shame, fear, and hope. I wish all my characters would turn out that way. The male character, Saint, was the worst kind of scum in the beginning of the book. I had to dial back the depth of vile in his personality.
Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Both. I started my first books writing my stories by the seat of my pants––hence the term panster. However, this method caused me to backtrack and spent more time doing that than fine tuning the story. I appreciate the need for an outline, now. But eventually, I go off-road and capture the story as it develops in my mind.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, I have editors. I’ve used a content editor for the trilogy. The other type of editors reviews the manuscript line by line, pointing out inconsistencies such as timeline issues, relationships among the characters, locations or physical proximities––things like that. It’s hard to get a manuscript perfect, but the obvious errors should be caught. My proofreader is a magical combination of the three AND she makes sure the grammar and punctuation are correct.
What kinds of marketing [Twitter, Facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I promote my books mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Twitter. I don’t advertise on Facebook much because I find the dashboard challenging to use. When I think everything is set up and hit post, they’ve kicked back the ads due to issues with wording and photos showing too much skin. Instagram has been easier for me to use for advertising.
Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes. I can’t do both at the same time without the other suffering. While the books are going through the first phase of editing, I devote that time to designing teasers, videos, and formulating the template for takeovers, newsletter, and giveaways. I love using RIPL to make my own videos. When I get the editor’s feedback, review the suggestions and get back to work.
What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Make notes on what you want to write immediately. Don’t let the brief thoughts or ideas slip away. Write the synopsis or blurb. It could serve as your roadmap for the book. Read a lot of the genre in which you want to write. Get some readers to look over your synopsis and first chapter. Get help planning your release.
Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –
Dogs or cats? I like both. You better include birds.
Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, mint chocolate chip, Sicilian pistachio
Coffee or Tea? Coffee at home, expresso while traveling, chamomile when it’s cold
Talk or Text? I hate texting, but it’s convenient when I don’t have time to talk.
Day or Night? I’m a night owl.
What’s next for you?
Dead Heat May 2021
Satan’s Overlord (temporary title) December 2021
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BOOK 2 OF THE BLUE TRILOGY
GALLERY OF CHARACTERS FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BLUE TRILOGY
To help you visualise:
DEVYN FOSTER, ROOKIE PRIVATE INVESITAGOR WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES
MAX CARSON, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WITH A JADED PAST WHO DISCARDED DEVYN AFTER A ONE NIGHT STAND
BEN ROSENBERG, FORMER MOSSAD, DEVYN’S BOSS, AND APPARENT AUTHORITY FIGURE
KAI LIN, MISSING CHINESE NATIONAL
K. Nilsson’s love of reading began with the Bobbsey twins. When she ran across some Italian True Romance novellas stashed in the attic, the musty serials hooked her on adult fiction. Though black and white photos were dramatic enough to know what the stories were about, she taught herself to read in Italian and translated them to her friends. She’s an unapologetic reviewer of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations. An amateur photographer, K. loves taking editorial photos and documenting her travels. Her personal philosophy, sleeping is a waste of time.
1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
The Ordinary Magic books began as a short story I’d written years ago. I just loved the idea of a sleepy beach town where gods put down their powers to vacation, and all manner of monsters and creatures live and work alongside humans.
For this story, SEALED WITH A TRYST, I thought a garage sale run by a trickster god might be a lot of fun to write. Turned out the garage sale is cursed, (of course) which leads to hilarity.
The little bonus short story: AT DEATH’S DOOR is meant as a gift to all my readers who love the character Than (god of death).
2.Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
I always feel a little odd answering this because really, I should say: all of them. I am made of snips and bits of everything I’ve read in my life, so it’s hard to say just one or two authors most influenced me.
Back when I started writing, I was focused on fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories. I read anything in those genres I could get my hands on. I’d say it was probably Ann Maxwell, Patricia McKillip, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis who first made me sit up straight and say: “That. I wanna do that.”
3.Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?
No, but I have typed out paragraphs written by other writers. If I read a book I loved but couldn’t figure out why it worked so well for me, I’d sit and type a few pages, word for word. I used the same punctuation. I entered the same line breaks. Feeling the author’s words filtering through my fingers gave me a tactile roadmap of how that author thought through and structured their writing.
It was eye-opening. It’s still something I recommend to other writers if they’re grappling to get a good grip on an unfamiliar tone or structure or genre.
4.Which is your favourite place to visit? Do you incorporate it into your books?
One of my favorite places to visit was my great-grandmother’s house in Lincoln City, Oregon. Lincoln City is a little beach town on the Oregon coast that has grown a bit in the last few decades to cater more to tourists. But when I was a child, it felt like a faraway land of magic.
I love the beach, the town, and my great-grandmother’s house (which a ship’s captain built by hand for his wife) so much, that I based Ordinary Oregon off the place. I even put my great-grandmother’s house in there too, as Delaney’s family’s home.
5.Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?
The pandemic inspired me to rewrite and publish a book I’d written just months before it hit. WAYWARD SOULS is set on Route 66, and is book #1 in my new Souls of the Road series.
It has monsters and magic, and starcrossed, lovers doing everything they can to survive.
I drove the old Route 66 with my husband a couple years ago (when this book was just a glimmer of an idea) and had an absolute blast getting lost, back on track, turned around, and lost again. I’m putting many of the places and magical bits we saw on our trip into these books.
Urban fantasy, a little romance, and a favorite road trip all in one book? Yes, please!
Set on an island full of supernaturals and a wedding destination. Our heroine, Felicia, is a florist and a witch, who provides flowers for not only the weddings but sometimes also the brides’ pre-marriage celebration called a bachelorette here – and this can well take place in a very raunchy nightclub where the strippers are either vampires or wolves! Either way, they have really good bodies and plenty of pizzazz and not afraid to show what they have! Our hero is the Best Man to the wedding around which this story is set, and he is a vampire – Christoph.
So, this is a cute, funny, vampy story starting with the dildo flower bouquet for the pre-wedding party, and carrying on in the like vein. Food that has spells on it (to make you high without drugs), food with spells on it counter the high or hangover potions, curses, and adventures.
Nicely written as a shortish story and a good start to a series.