Interview with historical novelist Nickie Fleming

Today’s guest is historical novelist Nickie Fleming. She’s touring her book The Gold Crucifix with Goddess Fish Promotions.

As part of her tour, Nickie will be awarding two personally autographed print copies of her novel, The
Haversham Legacy
, to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (international
contest). If you want a chance to win, make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment. And if you’d like to increase your odds, follow Nickie’s tour and leave an e-mail address with a comment at other stops.
Bio:
Nickie Fleming is a Belgian author who writes in English. She has a
master’s degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher of languages.
She has been fascinated by books since she was a child and no wonder she began
to write her own stories at an early age. She finished her first real novel
aged 16, which was the first draft of ‘Maria Gonzalez’ (this novel was
published later on in a reworked version).
Welcome, Nickie. Please
tell us about your current release.
My
current release is The Gold Crucifix, a book set in mid 17th century
England. During the civil war which tore England apart, a young woman and a
young man fall in love. The result is their love-child, Sarah. This one only
learns about it when her mother dies, and she tries to find back the father she
has never known. She only has a name – Davenport – and a description of his
looks.

Sarah
goes to work at the local manor house and the Earl, Walter Carey, takes an
interest in her. When his younger brother comes over for a visit and obviously
fancies Sarah, Walter realizes he has deeper feelings for the girl.

To
escape these problems, Sarah leaves Linfield Grange and sets off to London,
where she becomes an actress at the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane. There her many
talents are recognized by different men, among whom King Charles II.

I’m
not going to reveal how the story ends, you’ll find out when you read the book!
What
inspired you to write this book?
I’ve
always been fascinated by the 17th century and its history. King
Charles II was one of my favorites, as he lead an interesting life and always
was a handsome man, according to his portraits and his wax image at Madame
Tussaud’s.
Excerpt: (we meet King Charles II, who plays an important role in the plot)
As Hart had
predicted the performance went smoothly. When Sarah appeared on the stage, her
armpits were wet with transpiration. Nevertheless she said her first lines
without the slightest hesitation and then became fully absorbed with her role.
She not once
looked into the auditorium and therefore was not aware of the fact that most of
the male audience was paying more attention to her than to the actual play.
In the royal
box the king and his brother were more attentive than normal. Charles looked
more than once at the leading actress, to his brother’s amusement.
“I won’t
pretend Shakespeare is my favorite playwright,” the king whispered into James’s
ear. “But this Ophelia… She’s a damned good actress and a pretty wench as well.
Is she a new acquisition?”
“I don’t
know,” James answered.
“Her name is
Sarah Davenport,” George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, interrupted. The
duke was one of the gentlemen in the king’s suit. He also was a frequent
visitor of the theatre. “She is one of Hart’s new discoveries and he thinks
rather well of her.”
“Davenport?
Interesting,” Charles commented
He kept
silent for a while, completely forgetting the presence of the others. His
thoughts lingered away and a secretive smile curled his mouth.
Oh yes, this
could become a special occasion indeed…

What
exciting story are you working on next?
Right
now I’m working on a story set in Victorian times. It is more gothic than my
other books and deals with murder and dark secrets. I got the idea for it when
I wrote a short story some years ago, and looking back on it I thought I could
bring this further to a book. The working title of this story is ‘The Black
Coach’, and I hope to get it finished before the end of this year.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
I
suppose it was already when I was in primary school! I sat in class, feeling
bored to death because our teacher spend so much time explaining sums etc. to
pupils who did not understand, and so I took out my little notebook and began
to invent stories. The teacher read them to the class later on, so I guess that
made me an author.

The
older I became, the longer those stories were and my first full length novel
was already written when I was 16.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
No,
I don’t write full time. I am first a teacher, and I have been working in this
profession since I was 22 years of age. I still feel good at this job, as it
keeps you up-to-date with everything and I do get along well with my students.

I
do my writing at intervals (sometimes we have one or two hours free) and during
the weekend, and then the holidays. You know, we teachers never work, we only
have holidays (!)
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I
can write at the most odd places. Sometimes we have a meeting with the other
teachers, discussing teaching matters, and suddenly an idea pops up in my mind
and I have to develop it. Or I’m sitting in the train, mutating to or from work,
and I think of something and then have to find a scrap of paper to note it
down.
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh,
I wanted so many things! At some time I wanted to be a princess, and marry one
or other king (Prince Charles was one of my favorites…). I also wanted to be a
bestselling author, or an archeologist, a lawyer, an accountant… I did not have
a clue when I was younger.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
Perhaps
that I’m a voracious reader, that I like to travel, like to go to the theatre
and musical theatre (my favorite being Phantom of the Opera). I also like
skiing, horseback riding, biking, and walking.

Readers can connect with me through my website, or my Facebook page.

Thanks, Nickie! Readers, don’t forget to leave an e-mail address if you want to be entered to win one of the giveaways.


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