Monday 29 April 2013

Nicole Edwards Week ~ Nicole Interview Day 1

Nicole Edwards has kindly agreed to do an interview for The Romance Cover's "Nicole Edwards Week"


We will post a part of the interview every day until Friday so don't forget to pop back each day!

What inspired you to write your first book? I like this question because it makes me think. When I try to reflect back on when I started writing, the earliest I can come up with is during my teenage years. Like many teenage girls, I kept a journal (the prettier the cover of the journal, the more inspired I was to write in it). I’ve always found writing to be a form of release or escape so to speak. Up to this point, I’ve written a number of books, many that will never be published, a few that I’ve considered possibly releasing, and others that I hope to one day finish. My imagination runs a little wild from time to time and I think that is what originally inspired me to write my first book. There were more before Conviction, but Samantha and Logan were the first two characters that I found a deep connection with.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Hands down, J.R. Ward. The way she writes is awe inspiring and I try to envision myself being able to relay scenes and characters as well as I feel she does. If I could sit down and pick her brain for five minutes it would probably be a very quiet discussion because I’m not sure I would be able to get any words out.

Why did you choose Erotic Romance as the genre to write? I’d love to tell you that I chose Erotic Romance because I’ve got this peculiar infatuation with porn, but that’s really not it. I do, however, enjoy writing about the different aspects of sex and connection between people. It is this connection, IMO, that can sometimes be reflected better between their bodies and their hearts than in words necessarily. Whether it’s down and dirty or sweet and romantic, I get a better understanding of my characters at these points. There was a point when I attempted to tone down my writing, to take it on a more contemporary level but I felt as though I lost a part of myself that I was trying to express when I did so. Because of that, I went back to writing the erotic aspect and of course, my characters have a story to tell and above all else, I love a good happily ever after.

Some of our readers may not have read your books before. How would you describe them and can you give us an excerpt from one of your books that you think will entice them to? Happily Ever After? Check. Erotic, ereader melting, sinfully delicious sex scenes? Check. Open minded characters who love with everything that they are? Check. It’s all there. Be forewarned, my books are explicit. I don’t hold back when it comes to sex, and yes, my books have aspects of m/f, m/m, m/f/m, m/mf in them. My intent is to indulge the senses and take my readers on a journey that allows them to step out of their comfort zone. Just because you read my book doesn’t mean you have to be comfortable with what happens, it just means that you have an open mind. We are all unique, as are my characters, and even though you may never even dream about being in a relationship that obscures the natural boundaries that society has set on them, they do exist. People love who they love and that’s all I try to portray.

Excerpt from Temptation:

Sierra leaned in, hoping to keep her words between them. When Luke leaned in as well, Sierra breathed in the spicy musk of his cologne, his intriguing scent rushing through her bloodstream like a drug.

“I might look sweet and innocent, Luke.” Sierra whispered, then leaned just a little closer until her lips nearly brushed his ear. “I’m anything but.”

His deep inhale told Sierra what she needed to know. He was affected by her, and since he owned a club that catered to the sort of lifestyle she had always been fascinated by, she didn’t think he was turned off by her admission. When he gripped her wrist, hard enough to get her attention, but not hard enough to hurt her, Sierra moved back, her eyes locked with his.

“Honey, you might not be sweet and innocent, but I’m the one that needs to be handing out the warnings. Tread lightly when you try to tempt me.”

Sierra’s eyes went wide, and she tried to comprehend what he was telling her. Apparently he realized she needed further clarification because he leaned in so that his mouth was up against her ear, ensuring she was the only one who would hear him.

“I’m not some little boy you can toy with or one that you can tease with your so called needs. In case my brother didn’t tell you, I’m the real deal. I don’t have any qualms about stripping you naked right here in this seat and burying my face between your legs until you scream my name. You might want to think this one through because until now, until me, you haven’t met the man who will make you own up to those fantasies of yours.”

Sierra’s entire body went rigid; heat pooled between her legs and her clit began to throb just from the gruff sound of his voice and the words he said. And for the first time in her life, she wondered if she might have actually met her match.

“Do you understand what I’m telling you, Sierra?” Luke asked, his breath still warm on her ear.

She couldn’t speak, but she managed to nod her head in understanding. Oh, she knew what he was saying alright, and though she couldn’t tell him, those embers that had been glowing deep inside of her sparked to a full blown inferno.

“Answer me. That’s the only rule I have. You must always answer me because it’s imperative that I know exactly where you stand.”

“Yes.” Was that her voice? God, she was breathless. “I understand.”

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