We are thrilled to welcome Nicole Locke to the blog today! Nicole is a wonderful author of fantastic historical romances and kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us. Have a look at what The Highland Laird’s Bride is all about, check out the interview and find out more about Nicole down below. Don’t forget to check out the Giveaway down below for your chance to win a signed copy of the book!
The Highland Laird's Bride by Nicole Locke
on June 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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At the gates of a Scottish keep...
Lioslath of Clan Fergusson has defended her clan and her orphaned siblings against countless enemies. So when Laird Colquhoun, the man responsible for the death of her father, arrives at the gates of her crumbling keep, she’ll fight him all the way!
It’s soon clear Bram’s famed tactics of seduction and negotiation won’t work on this guarded, beautiful woman. But when the sparks between them turn to passion, and they’re forced to wed, Bram must do whatever it takes to win over his new bride…
Interview with Nicole Locke
Who or what has helped you become a better writer over time?
A better writer? I’m not there yet. I’m writing my fifth book now in the Lovers and Legends series, and I have only one certainty. Writing is a trial by fire craft. You won’t know if or how you can do it…until you do it.
Tell us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?
I have no routine yet. I would love one, but the one that works for me, doesn’t work for my family. My best writing time or when I really feel the words/story flow is always between 2pm and 10pm. Unfortunately, that’s exactly when I become a wife and mum again. So yeah, my writing must happen at 9:30 am, and it’s hard work at that time.
What was the biggest challenge in creating your book?
It’s a historical series with each book being a complete romance. As a result, it’s not in chronological order. In order to keep the series on track, I created a timeline on Excel that incorporates historical and fictional events.
However, the timeline isn’t a fixed entity. Sometimes it’s because I read better history books (never depend on Wikipedia), and often because I can’t remember or I need to change a character’s back story.
It’s torture to correct the sheets because once I change one character, I have to ensure everyone else is still timeline correct. However, since I intend to explore many time periods with the Lovers and Legends series, I need to be comfortable with these foundation books.
Did you write any of your personality traits into any of your characters?
I don’t think you can write and not put your personality into the characters. Even so, it startles me that I can still be surprised by a character’s reaction. Then I can’t write fast enough.
Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet and why?
Oh, that’s tricky. I’m a sucker for a makes-loads-of-mistakes-but-perseveres-anyway heroine. Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews), Charley Davidson (Darynda Jones), Claire Fraser (Diana Gabaldon) are some of my favourite book heroines.
As for heroes? Way too many and they vary from Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch version) to Jamie (Diana Gabaldon) to Jason Bourne (Damon version) to Remy (Katy Evans).
And don’t get me started on everyone I love from Game of Thrones. No, it’s best not to mention those characters at all.
About Nicole Locke
Nicole discovered her first romance novel in a closet, where her grandmother, the godmother in the romance black market, was hiding hundreds. Knowing her grandmother wouldn’t approve, Nicole hid in the closet to read them. It was only a matter of time before she was found out and given an offer she couldn’t refuse: enjoy them, but out in the living room please. Oh, and if she could go to the store and get a few more…. A few more? Nicole got two jobs.
Inexplicably, Nicole stopped reading romances (she blames her handsome university English professor, who she was trying and failing to impress). So she didn’t discover them again until, at work, where another black market book swap occurred. Instead of swapping for another forgettable book, Nicole chose a romance (which she still reads).
Needless to say, she didn’t return to work (good thing it was after 5:00 pm) and she didn’t immediately return home either. At that moment, she insists Etta James was singing “At Last”. It was only natural she’d start writing romances as well.
Currently, she lives in London with her two completely opposite children, who if not for their birth certificates and their red hair, she’d argue they weren’t related, and her husband, who if not for his red hair, would have returned them.
Nicole is giving away 2 signed copies of The Highland Laird’s Bride to 2 lucky winners. To enter, simply leave a comment down below. The Giveaway is open internationally and ends on June 17th.