USA TODAY bestselling author and multi-award winner Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 65 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.
She currently writes women’s fiction for Amazon’s Lake Union imprint and contemporary romance for Harlequin’s upcoming Dare series.
Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA urban fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won the 2014 National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Young Adult novel.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
VALENTINE’S DAY COLLECTION (Mills & Boon Australia) January
GAME ON (Harlequin Escape) February
SWEET THING (Harlequin Dare) March
AN AUSTRALIAN AFFAIR (Mills & Boon Australia) May
WILD THING (Harlequin Dare) July
PLAY THING (Harlequin Dare) October
Frequently Asked Questions
Ideas can spring from anywhere and everywhere. I really enjoy travelling because I get the chance to sit back and watch people from other cities or countries going about their daily lives. I often wonder what their lives entail, who they might be waiting for, why they were running… my imagination takes over and a new plot is born!
Romance is important in my own life and I find it difficult to write about it if I’m not brimming over with ‘warm and fuzzies’. I have my own TD&H hero to help with that!
My Writing Routine
My work day goes something like this: mad morning rush, school drop-off, an hour doing writing admin stuff, write for 4 hours before back to school for pick up. If I’m on tight deadline, I’ll start writing again at 8.30pm when the kids are in bed and squeeze in another two hours. Before doing it all over again the next day.
I used to like my first draft to be perfect. These days, I have to write quickly to meet deadlines and juggle a young family so I let the words flow, get the first draft done, put it aside for a while before editing. It’s amazing what you’ll pick up with ‘fresh eyes’.
I’m a planter! A mix of plotter and pantser, once the muse strikes, I get the idea down on paper ASAP, occasionally outlining the whole story before I know what has hit me. I used to use detailed character charts but find I tend to fly by the seat of my pants these days and just follow the journey my characters take me on. Though I always resort to trusty pen and paper to jot down notes if I get stuck!
I absolutely must have the right title before I can start writing a story. The title usually encapsulates the essence of the book. And no, all those Harlequin titles aren’t chosen by me. The sales and marketing team choose ‘hook’ titles, words or phrases that are known to intrigue readers so that’s where those interesting titles originate.
Know your market. Read widely. Write what you love. But most of all, write…and write..and write some more! Develop your voice, let those words flow, find your niche in this wonderful, creative world of words