Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 8: Duchess by Nikki Wilson

Writes whatever strikes her fancy: Contemporary Romance, YA fantasy, Picture Books, Non-Fiction, blog posts and anything else that requires pen and paper. She works at an elementary school as a reading tutor teaching children to love reading as much as she does. She’s married to a wonderful man and her four greatest accomplishments expect her to cook them dinner and tuck them in at night.

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Katie Murphy is the manager of overnight pop sensation, Duchess, whose biggest gimmick is that no one knows her true identity. Katie’s job is to keep this secret no matter the cost. When Duchess agrees to perform in a benefit concert for wounded veterans, Katie gets more than she bargained for when she meets Chase.

Carter Chase went from being a soldier in the Army to volunteering at Veterans’ Aid. The charity helped him through a dark time and he would do anything for them, including help plan a benefit concert. But when he finds out the main act is Duchess, the British pop diva who makes fun of America, he is ready to bail out—until he meets Duchess’s manager, Katie Murphy.

As they work together, Chase soon becomes a risk to Duchess’s true identity . . . and also to Katie’s heart.

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Q & A with the Author:

1.    Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?  I like to spend time with my family. Which usually means weekly date night with my husband and attending all the many extracurricular activities my children are involved in. Life is busy trying to keep up with all my children, but I know that someday soon I will miss it!
2.    When did you first realize you were an author? Probably when I was in third grade and wrote my first book, "The Day it Rained Jello." The cover was made of the finest cardstock and contact paper available at school. The book was soon reproduced (by the help of my grandma and a copy machine) and distributed to enthusiastic fans (mainly my cousin who was in the hospital after a kidney transplant).
3.    Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? The answer to that would have to be blogging. I began blogging for my family about my children and our daily life, but I was always careful to make sure to sensor everything I wrote because I was afraid of saying something wrong. But when you sensor yourself like that, you aren't really conveying anything. I soon noticed that the posts that I didn't sensor myself on got more responses. I realized that my words could touch people if they were sincere. So I started a group writing blog with a friend called Mormon Mommy Writers and it has been cited for two years as one of Writer's Digests' 101 Best Websites for Writers. That has definitely been one of my best writing projects besides writing novels. I'm quite proud of it and the many people who have written on the blog to help make it the wonderful resource for writers that it is.
4.    What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? I struggle with lots of things when it comes to writing, but I guess the thing I struggle the most with is actually putting words to paper. Different things have worked for me at different stages. There was a point when I knew there were stories inside of me waiting to get out but I didn't know how to put the words on paper. I would sit down with an idea and...nothing!! I read a book called "Becoming a Writer" by Dorothea Brande. It was written in the 1930's and her words really struck a chord with me and I was able to break through whatever barrier was holding me back.
5.    What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?) I guess my message would be that we can overcome the trials in our life, even if the outcome isn't always the one we want, we can grow and become someone better than we were before.  
6.    What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book? I never thought I would enjoy reading ebooks. I was quite hooked on print books, but I must say that I love the convenience of ebooks. I love sitting in bed at midnight because I can’t sleep and knowing that I have hundreds of books at my fingertips while still sitting around in my pajamas. That being said, if an ebook is more expensive or close the same price as a print book, I will buy the print book instead. If I’m going to spend a certain amount of money for a book, it better be able to sit on my bookshelf.
7.    How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately? Duchess is my first published novel. It isn’t part of a series, but I am planning at least two more romance books. One is already written but needs edits. The other is halfway done with a first draft.
8.    Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? Usually there is something from my life that has inspired at least part of my stories. In Duchess, the mom is suffering from colon cancer, which is the same cancer that killed my mother in law. This was done because I had to write what I knew. It was also a bit cathartic for me as well. Though it was tough reliving some of my thoughts and feelings from that trial, I was able to put some of my mother in law’s spunk and words of wisdom into that character which enables her to live on through my words.
9.    What are your future projects? Right now I’m working on a contemporary romance that was actually the second book I ever wrote. I rewrote it this past year and am working on edits now before I send it to my publisher. It’s about a mom of three children that leaves her abusive husband and goes to her home town to live near her parents. She files for a divorce and finds a job working for Ron, the guy she jilted in high school. She must learn to juggle being a working, single mother and her feelings of inadequacy in all areas of her life. She must also confront her past as she realizes that she chose the wrong guy in high school. I’m also working on a contemporary romance that is a modern day pirate story that takes place on a cruise ship. I’m having lots of fun with that one!

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