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Author spotlight: Nicola Marsh

1 February 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Nicola Marsh. She will be attending ARR2020 in Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

In my early 30s. I was working full time as a physiotherapist, but always thought I’d like to write a book one day. When I stopped thinking about it and actually did it, I never looked back.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I remember my nan had a box of Mills & Boons in her cupboard and Emma Darcy was the first romance author to catch my eye because she was an Aussie and wrote about cities I’d been to.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

Yes, 2019 saw the publication of my first two domestic suspense novels, The Scandal and The Last Wife. Both hit #1 on Apple iBooks here in Australia and The Last Wife also hit the USA Today bestseller list, a real thrill. I’ve also written YA paranormal novels in the past, which I loved. I’ve also written women’s fiction novels for Amazon’s Lake Union imprint, another subgenre that I adore.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Many readers have mentioned The Scandal would make a great movie and I have to agree. 🙂 Here’s who I would cast in the lead roles: Julia Roberts as Marisa; Bradley Cooper as Avery; Sandra Bullock as Claire; Ryan Gosling as Dane; Katherine Heigl as Elly; Ruth Wilson as Maggie; and Tom Hiddleston as Ryan.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

The middle. In the excitement of creating a new story the words flow and similarly I can picture how it will end, but the hard slog is writing the middle of the story and keeping the momentum up.

What is your favourite place to write?

On my sofa, with my laptop.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

No, I prefer to use pure imagination when creating characters. That’s part of the fun.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I love her diverse characters and the combination of sweet and sultry romance.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Long Way Home is a rural romance set on the Murray River. A roadhouse takes centre stage, with a diverse array of characters. Ruby is the prodigal daughter returning home to Brockenridge, Connor is the rich developer wanting to tear down her dreams. Alisha, an Indian orphan, has wanderlust in her veins and her love interest Harry hides secrets destined to keep them apart. Their mature-aged romance is a favourite. Secondary characters like Tash try to steal the show, but she gets her own romance in the follow-up novel releasing mid-2020.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

Release-wise, I’ll have a Harlequin Dare out mid-year, with my rural romance a month or so later. The Scandal will be releasing in trade paperback throughout the USA in October and I’m trying to squeeze in another domestic suspense after that too. Writing-wise, I’m working on my second romantic comedy for early 2020, with the release of the first book scheduled for January 2021.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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