Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chatting with Caitlyn Nicholas

What’s the name of your newest release? 

My newest release is called The Danger Game, it’s a romantic suspense novella set in Sydney, Australia. It’s the first Sydney story I’ve written, and I’m so excited to have finally written a tale set in my beloved home town. 

Where did you get the idea from for this story?

I was doing a lot of research on hackers and hacking for another book of mine (not yet published) and came across a Wired article about cyber-war programs. These are programs that can be used as ‘weapons’ to cause unthinkable mayhem through computers. The article gave me a great idea for a novella and three weeks later The Danger Game was finished. It was one of those sweet stories that worked really nicely.

How long have you been writing for?

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 in January 2007.

Do you imagine a particular person you know or have seen when creating your main characters?

I tend not to think of a certain person or movie star. Though I do see my characters quite distinctly in my imagination right from the start of the novel. I often wonder if they’re people I’ve glimpsed at some point in my life and they’ve somehow stuck in my sub-conscious.

Of all the characters in your books who is your favourite and why?

Oh try and make me choose between my children why don’t you! Alex, my heroine in Drive Me To Distraction, reminds me of myself more than any of my other characters. And I just love Flick, my heroine in The Danger Game, I wish I were as smart and kick-arse as she is.

When writing, are you an ‘in the moment kinda gal’ or do you follow a strict plan?

I was an in the moment girl, and discovered very quickly that, for me, it led to deleting thousands of words that didn’t fit the story. So now I follow a plan. This doesn’t mean I don’t write spontaneously but I always know what vague direction I should be going in. It’s really helped.

What are you reading at the moment?

Inside Pine Gap by David Rosenberg! Yep I’m doing research for my current work in progress, Running With The Hunted. It’s a romantic thriller set out at the Gap in Alice Springs.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would that be?

I really like being me.

What would be your last meal if you were on death row?

Hmm, well I’m more interested in what I did to get on death row! Probably something to do with crimes against good taste and elegant dressing. But details aside. Last meal would definitely be a red velvet cake (yes the whole thing, its my last meal) and a cup of Irish breakfast tea (brewed in the pot, none of this teabag nonsense).

Where do you like to shop?

I am not a good shopper. It makes my feet hurt. However, give me a copy of Horse Deals and I’m rapt for hours and hours. Yes. I like shopping for livestock.

Complete this sentence; I’m indifferent to…

idiots in traffic. I just chill and let them get past me, so they can go have their accident somewhere else.

Thank you so much for having me guest blog today. Loved the questions. Its been a real pleasure.

Thanks for dropping by Caitlyn. It's been fun. Shopping for livestock, heh. Can you do that online?

The Danger Game may be purchased by clicking on the following links:
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1 comment:

  1. Heh! Yes, you can!!

    Post looks great and photo too :) I often have trouble with photos, slippery little suckers, but at least blogger is letting you post yours. I've not been able too since I put that pic up of my bottom climbing on a horse :(


    Thanks for having me!
    Cait xxx


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