Interview with romantic suspense author Caitlyn Nicholas

Today’s guest is romantic suspense author Caitlyn Nicholas. She’s sharing a little about herself and her new novel, The Danger Game available now from Escape Publishing.


Caitlyn will be
awarding a Caitlyn Nicholas gift bag to a randomly drawn commenter at every
stop, and a grand prize of a $10 Amazon gift card + a Caitlyn Nicholas gift bag
to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (International) The form to enter is at the end of the interview. You can visit other tour stops and enter the raffle there, too, to increase your odds.

Welcome, Caitlyn. Please tell us a
little bit about yourself.

I began
writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from
morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was
right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering
from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).
Still, it
kinda worked out. My debut novel – and the first manuscript I’d ever written – Running Scared, was published in January
2007.  My next book, Secret Intentions followed. 
Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 – my story is
called “The Grey Man.”
In 2012, my
novel Drive Me to Distraction was
published, and my novella The Danger Game
came out just before Christmas.  My next
book, The Bunker, will be published
in July 2013.
Please tell us about your current
release.
It’s called The Danger Game. Flick, my heroine, likes computers. She’s good
with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more
of a challenge.

But when a terrifyingly
dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the
run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons
developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.

In Ben’s line of work
being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly
realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully grasped the
danger she is in.

First he has to keep
her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world
from an epic meltdown.

What inspired you to write this book?
The idea for The Danger Game sparked when I read an
article about cyber-war, and it inspired a plot about an unstoppable
cyber-weapon. I like to write about strong stubborn heroines meeting their
match…

Excerpt:
“Are you going to
tell me what’s going on?” Ben asked.
Flick looked at his
reflection in the mirror. “I don’t know.”
His face had a
closed off look, and at her words a deep frown creased his forehead. He folded
his arms across his chest.
“What exactly don’t
you know?”
“I don’t know who
you are. That’s for certain.”
His eyes narrowed
and a muscle jumped in his jaw.
“I think I should
talk to the police.” She pushed past him, out of the bathroom, aware that they
were alone. “I’ll take them up to Andy’s office, they’ll need to know about
it.”
“That sounds
sensible.”
She glanced at him,
but his face showed nothing but bland impassivity.
“It seems unreal to
me. Like a bad dream.”
“Civilians always
feel that way at first. Its normal.”
“Civilians?”
“People.” He
shrugged.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
My next book,
The Bunker, is out in July 2013. It’s
a romantic suspense set in a bunker deep under the idyllic green hills of
England. Geeky Dimity Pond is the only person who can save the world from an
epic financial meltdown, but to do it she’s going to need help from the
reclusive and terse Lord Richard Summerhayes.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I didn’t
really consider myself a writer until recently actually. My first two books
were very experimental (for me anyway). My kids were very little when they were
published and I wasn’t sure if I’d keep writing, go back to work, go back to
University, or be a Glorious Domestic Goddess.
As things
turned out I decided to become a stay at home mum, but it soon became obvious
that full time Glorious Domestic Goddess didn’t make me happy. So I kept
writing. When my story, Drive Me to
Distraction
, was accepted for publication in January last year, then I felt
like I was stepping off into a new career as a ‘real’ writer.
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?
I write during
the day. Usually about 2-3 hours each day. More if I’m on a deadline. It’s not
easy to work at home. There is always chores and jobs that I could easily be
doing and I often feel I have to choose between welcoming the kids home with
home made after school treats or finishing the next chapter. I’m haunted by
Mummy-guilt! Still the writing usually wins out, and if I’m really over it I go
and work in a café.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Hmm. Trying
to think of something that doesn’t make me sound too mad!! To be honest I think
it’s probably that the more I have to do, the more I get done. I work best
under pressure and with deadlines.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Well, it
was changeable but most of the time I wanted to be a lady who rode horses in
the circus. I’m rather relieved that it didn’t work out!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
My
next book, The Bunker, is out in July
2013. It’s another thrilling romantic suspense set in deep underground in an
old bunker, in the idyllic green hills of England. If you sign up for my
newsletter you’ll be the first to hear about when it goes live. And don’t
forget to leave a comment and enter my giveaway. Prizes include much sought
after Timtams (legendary Australian chocolate biscuit).
You can find
me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com
My blog:
http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/CaitlynNicholas
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CaitlynNicholasAuthor
Google+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105412279044420141735/
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/783424.Caitlyn_Nicholas
Buy links:
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Danger-Game-ebook/dp/B00AK3GTTI/
Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Danger-Game-ebook/dp/B00AK3GTTI/
Kobo
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/THE-DANGER-GAME/book-4CHaOFNh70yB3UeAWKA7lg/page1.html?s=shBHL7QvTEeR0uGd3fnOsA&r=1
Nook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-danger-game-nicholas-caitlyn/1114588729?ean=9780857990105
Ibookstore
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-danger-game/id585508156?mt=11
Or on
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16280752-the-danger-game

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4 thoughts on “Interview with romantic suspense author Caitlyn Nicholas

  1. Mary Preston says:

    What a time to begin your writing career, but I guess there really isn't a right time. There is always something

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Karen H says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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