It’s my favourite time of the week because I have another mate visiting me! It’s Mate Monday! This week we have another Aussie, the beautiful and kind, Nic Starr!
G’day and welcome Nic Starr. Thank you so much for joining me at my blog for Mate Monday. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you here as an author mate. I’d love to get to know you and your writing process a little better.
Thanks so much for having me, Meg. I’m looking forward to answering your questions – sort of! LOL Sometimes talking about myself can be a little daunting.
First, let’s do an author quickie. 😉
- Pizza or pie? Ideally a nice pot pie with gallons of rich gravy and layers of flaky pastry. Yum!
- Books or movies? Is that a real question? I’d take a book over a movie any day.
- Food or sex? I have to choose?
- Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans? I wouldn’t turn either of them away.
- Lady Gaga or Beyoncé? Lady Gaga
- Music or silence? Depends on the mood. When I’m writing it’s most often in silence.
- Xbox or Playstation? Neither – although we own a Playstation that the kids occasionally use. And I have been known to drunken-Singstar
- PC or Mac? PC (but Apple for everything else)
- Mum or dad? Depends what for
- Blond or brunet? I don’t have a preference, just so long as it’s clean 😊 I do like the sun-kissed blond bronze Aussie look, but I also like dark hair. Or dark hair with a silver at the sides. Or…
- Abs or smile? Smile
- Kindness or good looking? Kindness
- Morning or night? I’m very much a night owl. I love those quiet hours at midnight
- Sexy clothes or comfortable clothes? Comfort wins hands down any day. Although I enjoy dressing up for a night on the town, I’d happily stay in my PJs all day.
- Softdrink (soda) or alcohol? I never turn down a nice glass or wine or a G&T
And some further questions:
- What is your favourite part about being an author?
There’s something magical about bringing characters to life and giving them their happily ever after. Completing a book comes with a true sense of satisfaction and achievement. I also love knowing I’ve brought my readers joy. Of course, I also like being able to do my job anywhere and in my PJs. 😊
- Is there anything you’d change about your writing or about being an author?
I’m working to become more productive (writing more words/books), becoming more structured in my approach (keeping myself organised and less stressed), and improving my craft. I love reading articles and books, and listening to podcasts, to glean more knowledge. I want to keep growing and improving my skills.
- When did you know you wanted to write stories?
I’m a late bloomer! I’ve always been a massive reader and eventually started a blog. The blog focused on gay romance books. One day, at an m/m meet-up in Sydney, some authors I respected immensely suggested I give writing a go. The rest, as they say, is history.
- What’s your favourite book you’ve written thus far?
I loved writing Rustic Melody (and the rest of the Rustic series). This was for three reasons. Firstly, the story was set in Australia, the first longer story I’d set outside of the US. So the location was very special for me. Secondly, I had a soft spot for Joey and loved bringing him Adam so the two of them could have their happy ending. Finally, it was my first self-published story and it was wonderful to experience the process end-to-end. Such a feeling of accomplishment.
- Were there any deleted scenes in your books you’ve written? If so, why were they deleted, and would you ever share them with your readers?
My deleted scenes are usually only partial scenes. For example, I’ll start on a scene and part the way through realise the characters need to take a different direction. The scene may no longer fit the story, so I remove it. I store these deleted partial scenes in case I ever need them, but I’ve never explicitly shared them. But it’s a great idea so thanks for the suggestion, Meg. I’m now going to go back through my old manuscripts and see what I can find!
- When is your next release?
My next book is called Lies & Deception. It will be released by Dreamspinner Press in June/July 2018. I’m currently in the second round of the editing stage and it’s been lots of fun to get back into the story.
- Can you tell us a bit about your book?
Lies & Deception is set in Sydney. It’s about an undercover cop sent in to infiltrate an outlaw bikie gang. He falls for the brother of the club president. Here’s the draft blurb…
‘Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.
Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.
If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.’
While you’re waiting you might like to check out my latest release, Patrick’s Savior.
Book Title: Patrick’s Savior
How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.
Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.
But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.
Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.
Buy Links for other books in the series
Thank you so much for having me on the blog!
Thanks for being here, Nic! I always love hearing what you have to say! Your books are amazing and I can’t wait to read Patrick’s Savior!