MM MARCH MADNESS!!
Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.
Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3
Today is devoted to Nicole Colville
Bestselling author Nicole Colville was born and currently lives in Leeds, England. She is a wife to her very understanding hubby and mother of two young girls who somehow manages to fit in being a full time author of m/m romance and erotica into her busy home life. She loves writing complex characters in bittersweet romances which will leave you addicted and craving more from her men Although best known for her popular series, Hidden, Knights to Remember, and the bestselling Manchester Menage Collection. She also enjoys writing with friend, and fellow author, E.M Leya. Together they have published two books in their Sinful Temptation Collection with more planned.
Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.
I’m a full time author who balances a busy home life with two young girls and a very understanding hubby. I love living in the North of England and it’s inspired a lot of my books and characters, but in my imagination I like to think I’m a billionaire who travels around Europe without a care in the world. I’m a little OCD in most things but I see it as a positive thing and have been able to write my little odd thoughts and actions into one of my favourite characters, Jamie in Hidden. I’m a method writer lol Which means I become the person I write about and I connect and live through them for a couple of months before I type a word.
There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?
I never set out to write series, it just sort of happened. My first books, The Hidden Series, was going to be one complete book, followed by another book from a different character’s POV, but I found the men to be so chatty and the plot was a lot more complicated than I thought when I started, so I found myself writing three and then a prequel, quickly followed by smaller characters which I’d fallen in love with through the first books. I think for me, it’s connecting with characters and wanting to know them better. In my mind even if they only have a few lines, I have this backstory and as time goes by I need to write it down and share that story because each person in my world has a great one to tell. With Knights it was a short story series and it was planned out for ten books. I saw it as a monthly magazine people could pick up and read for a couple of hours instead of a gossip rag. With a complex character and plot series which follows on as a writer it can be hard work. You have to live in that time line, remember or read through notes on when and where certain events happened. It can be tough work, and that’s why I enjoyed starting a less complicated series with Sebastian in Knights to Remember. As a reader I love series, although some are so complex and long it does feel like I’m always catching up and it can feel daunting to start a long series, but having ten books out to read one after the other is a plus as you never have to wait for the new one to come out. 😀 I always want more. I like to find books exploring new characters which we have been teased with through the earlier books. I like it when we think a certain thing about a person then find it’s wrong when we get to know them better.
Where do you do most of your writing?
On my laptop in the sitting room or in the office my lovely hubby sorted out for me. I used to write while the kids and the hubby were creating chaos around me and not be bothered, but after working in the silence of my office and mostly working while the kids are school, or in bed, I find it hard to block out the everyday sights and sounds now. I think I could write anywhere, but editing or reading through drafts needs my full attention and I like to be alone with no distractions now. I love night time writing because the world seems to slow down and the darkness outside lets my mind wander. I can stay up all night, drop the girls off at school then catch some sleep, but I try not to get into that habit. To be honest, if I need to write, I write. I have to get the voices in my head to shush, and writing them down is the only way to get some peace.
What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?
I love Aimee Nicole Walker’s Fated Hearts Series and I’m always bugging her about the next book. I’m lucky to have Emma Leya as a friend and often beta for her so I get to read a lot of her books early and I always look out for her work. Kindle Alexander, Sage Marlow, Susan MacKenna, I would recommend every book they have written to anyone.
Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?
I think more people are reading M/M and because of that more authors are including LGBT characters in their books and moving onto M/M. A lot of people find M/M through erotica, but there is so much more to the genre. Anything ‘mainstream’ you can find in M/M, it’s just the small difference of having two men in it. There’s still a lot of negativity and homophobia around and I like to think in a small way these books help break down some of those barriers and open people’s minds to LGBT relationships in a way which they wouldn’t have found otherwise. Love is love, sex is sex, there’s many ways to find these and experience these two things, but the main thing is that it’s a private matter and shouldn’t be judged or questioned by anyone anywhere. The more people who write and read LGBT books the better. It only helps everyone in the genre. I don’t believe in being competitive or negative. I support everyone and like to think I would receive the same back. We have enough issues from people outside the genre, so when we bicker and bitch inside the genre it makes me sad.
What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?
I was a total beginner at writing. I had a lot to learn and it was a steep learning curve, one that I did while publishing my first books. I’ve learned so much and had a lot of help. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for my team and the support from readers. I wanted to learn and grow, to enhance my work and I’m still doing that. I don’t think you ever stop. I was surprised at the amount of online help with groups and websites you could find to help you grow, and in a way I wish I had found those earlier, but in another way I think I would have thought I had too much to learn and maybe given up. Things happen for a reason.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the next book in the Manchester Menage Collection, Blue’s book. It’s complicated in the way they get together, and emotional for me and the men, but I’m loving them all and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. It has old favourites in it from Samuel and Dalton’s books but as with the other two I try to make it standalone so it can be read in any order or by itself. I’m working on Hidden too, I’m always working on Hidden. 😀 I have two books open and at least two more to follow them. Knights to Remember will have a new start this year in the form of Krane. I fell in love with him in Dominque’s book and he has an emotional and bittersweet journey to go on. I have two shorts for this series out in 2016 too, so it will be a fun year for the Knights fans.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
When I’m not writing a book I take time out on Saturday evening to be with family. We’re sociable and enjoy getting out and about for meals and cocktails. I live almost on the same street as my mum and sister, so visits and home cooked meals with them happen all the time. When we can, me and my hubby take the time to enjoy each others company alone 😀 It’s important to make that time and keep close. Relationships, no matter how many people are in them, or what form they take, need to be worked on and kept alive. People drift apart so easily, and seeing three of my close friends’ marriage’s break down last year really made me realise I spent too much time working and not enough time with my hubby.
Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?
I’ll start with the highest, which has to be reaching the number 1 position for the US LGBT Romance with Dalton. It was the first time I’d ranked so high. It was such a special moment, and I’ll remember it forever. It was a surprise, a nice one, but one I now aim for with all my books. I guess I’ve had lots of low points during my writing, like all people who write we’re easily hurt and take things to heart and way too personal. I’ve learned through the years to not do that and to understand everyone has a point of view and you can’t please everyone 100% of the time. You develop a thicker skin and you need to be confident in your abilities and in your work, which is hard 100% of the time but somehow you have to find a way to keep positive.
Enter the giveaway!! You could win a Kindle from the Twinsies or one of the great prizes donated by our featured authors during the MM March Madness Celebration!!
Nicole Colville has donated As a special prize, and because this made me think so much about series, I’m going to offer all of the Hidden Series ebooks which are currently out there to one lucky winner. That includes all the shorts and special Holiday extras. 13 in total.
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A big THANK YOU to all of the authors participating in our month long celebration!! We appreciate all that you do!!! MUAH!!
Much Love from the Twinsies!!! Angie, Brenda, Deb, Kelly, Kristi, Jen, Jo, and Melinda!!!