Friday, April 19, 2013

Interview + Giveaway ~ Drive Me To Distraction by Caitlyn Nicholas

Caitlyn Nicholas' Bio:

I've always loved to read. I began pinching my Mum's Mills & Boons (from the teetering pile by her bed) at the age of fourteen, and cannot remember a time in my life when I was without a romance novel. From the classics (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is my alltime favourite - because it makes me laugh) to the contemporary (Crossstich by Diana Gabaldon, or anything by Janet Evanovich, or... okay let's not go there!) I love them all.

I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).

Still, it kinda worked out. My debut novel - and the first manuscript I'd ever written - Running Scared, was published by Samhain Publishing in January 2007. My next book, Secret Intentions by also published by Samhain in 2009. Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 - my story is called The Grey Man.

In 2012 my novel Drive Me To Distraction was published with Momentum Books (Digital first imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia), and my novella The Danger Game came out with Escape Publishing.

You can find information and excerpts from these books by clicking on the BOOKS menu above.

Can you please share with us a little about yourself?

I’m Caitlyn Nicholas, I live in Sydney, Australia, with two beautiful girls, a magical black cat (who is 18 years old and still catching mice), a gold plated Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (who likes to eat bees and be rushed to the vet), a long suffering husband (who is an excellent proof-reader), and four chooks (who enjoy digging up my vegetable garden). 

I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to die from morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).

Still, it worked out. My debut novel Running Scared, was published in January 2007. 

How did you come with the idea for this story?

Drive Me To Distraction came into being a few years ago when I saw an episode of the car show, Top Gear. A German driver, Sabine Schmit, was on the show; beautiful, confident, and a brilliant driver. She’d been challenged to race a transit van around the famous German racetrack, the Nurburgring. 

I watched with complete delight as she overtook motorcyclists and Porches at 150mph in this huge van, then did it again after ripping out the insides to make it go faster! 
She was the inspiration for Alex, the heroine in Drive Me To Distraction and the rest of the story grew from there.

The YouTube clip of the segment is here;

Which character was the hardest to create dialogue for?

The villain, Hamish MacCameron. He’s Scottish and when I originally wrote the story I had all his speech in Scottish dialect. This did not go down well with the beta readers (or anyone else for that matter!) I edited most of it out after the initial feedback, and even the few Scottish-isms that survived got canned by editors along the way! Not trying that again ;) 

What do you do in your free time?

I’m pretty busy with my kids, dog and so on, but I do love to sew. Cross stitch and embroidery are my favourites, and if I’m watching TV then I’m usually sewing as well. I also love to ride horses, and ride whenever I can.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

My next book, The Bunker, is out in July 2013. It’s a romantic suspense set in a World War II Bunker deep underground in the idyllic green hills of England. If you sign up for my newsletter you’ll be the first to hear about when it goes live. And don’t forget to leave a comment and enter my giveaway. The prize includes much sought after Timtams (Australian chocolate biscuit).

Sometimes life or death decisions are easy. Alex Radford has a choice – borrow the money to treat her mother’s rare and aggressive cancer from sleazy moneylender Hamish MacCameron. Or do nothing and watch her die.

MacCameron has an agenda. He wants Alex in his bed, and he wants her to help him exact revenge on his sworn enemy, Robert Dryden. He is only too happy to lend her what she needs, but the strings attached form a tangled web from which Alex has little hope of escape.

It’s not all bad. Since she was a girl Alex has had one dream: to become a Formula 1 driver and show the boys how to drive a race car. MacCameron’s money gives her a shot at fame, and in a move that scandalizes the F1 racing fraternity she becomes the new driver for Rob Dryden’s struggling F1 team, Prometheus.

Alex tries to keep her distance from Rob, knowing that one day she will need to betray one of the few people who ever had faith in her. But things begin to unravel when Hamish MacCameron is murdered and she and Rob are the top suspects on the list.

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  1. Looks like another book to add to my pile!!! :) I'm going to check out your other ones too :)

  2. I loved reading your story. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to read your book.