Lies & Deception by Nic Starr
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Nic Starr here today talking about Lie and Deception, her latest novel. Welcome, Nic.
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Nic Starr
Hi. Thanks for inviting me to your blog to answer some questions. It’s always fun to see what people are interested in knowing about my writing. It’s Friday morning here in Australia, and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee while typing my answers. Here’s my view – a misty wintery morning in the countryside.
How much of yourself goes into a character?
Everything I know is based on my education and life experience. I have opinions, and a strong set of personal values. It would be impossible for this not to make an appearance in my characters. I see some of me in my characters emotions, how they react to certain situations, and their likes and dislikes. I think that’s why so many of my characters like to cook, enjoy a drink and don’t often have a gym membership. LOL.
Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write? Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?
Up until now I’ve written contemporary romance. It’s a genre I feel comfortable with and can write without too much research. I don’t think I’d enjoy the level of research required to write in a genre such as historical for example. For me, research comes down to things like fact finding on places and cultures (such as when I write stories set in the US), or researching occupations (such as undercover police work in my latest release). I’ve also researched interesting topics such as laws targetting outlaw bikie gangs and how to kill someone with an insulin overdose. I hope no one is tracking my google history!
I’m only now getting into world building. I’ve started a paranormal series featuring shifters. So far it’s been interesting to create the world my characters exist in, to define the pack structure and culture. My series is about a certain affliction that impacts the shifter world, so it’s been fun to consider all aspects of how this affliction would present itself and be dealt with in my world.
One area of research I do enjoy is finding out more about the craft of writing. I read books, take courses and listen to podcasts. We never stop learning.
Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?
Did I ever! The first romances I remember reading were the Mills & Boon paperbacks my Nana had stuffed in boxes at her house. I’d stay with her every school holiday and spend countless hours reading. My mum worried I’d get bored going to the country but that was never the case. I’m not even sure why Nana had all those books because she wasn’t a reader at all. I think she bought them home from the hospital auxillary, probably because I was coming to stay.
My Mum was and is a huge reader, so I think I developed my love of books from her. I used to read everything she read and from a very early age. I think I was eleven when I read Flowers in the Attic (my young self totally drawn in to the world of Virginia Andrews). Some of the early books I remember reading were the books of Catherine Gaskin, Mary Stewart, Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper, and the list goes on…
How do you choose your covers? (curious on my part)
I choose my covers based on the overall design and how it makes me feel. Does it capture the mood of the story? Are the cover models representative of my characters? Does it appeal to me at an emotional level? Will it look good in paperback? Will it stand out as a thumbnail?
Some of my covers have been premades that I’ve seen and fallen in love with. For example, I saw the cover of Rustic Melody and knew I had to have it – there was something about the guy on the front and the colours that just called to me. So the cover came before I even had an idea for the story. I’ve got a folder on my desktop with another half-dozen covers waiting their turn. LOL
Other covers are designed by cover artists based on my specifications. I provide information on the tone of the story, the characters and key elements of the plot. From there a cover artist usually supplies a number of sample covers for me to choose from. Once I’ve narrowed down the general look and feel, other modifications are made such as colour tones, positioning of the elements on the cover, and tweaking the font for the title and author name.
In the case of my most recent cover for Lies & Deception, the super talented cover designer Anna Sikorska, used the inspiration pics I’d been working with for my main characters, Mitch and Finn, so I couldn’t be happier. She performed her magic to adjust the tattoos on both men and I had my perfect cover men. I also loved the colour palette.
If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why?
My house in the country makes the perfect writing retreat. It’s peaceful and will less interruptions than I get at home in Sydney where I have two teenage girls coming and going. The photo I shared above show just how quiet it is around here. Bliss.
Thanks for the questions. I hope you enjoy Mitch and Finn’s story.
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.
Length ~67,000 words
Genre Contemporary m/m romance
About the Author
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
Author Social Media Links
Website & Blog: http://www.nicstarr.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nic-Starr/e/B00MAWRRQG/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NicStarrAuthor