Happy Monday, all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to take charge of today. I have a guest today that I am very excited to introduce you to. She has been a fellow reader, street team member, and friend. And recently I had the chance to read an ARC of her upcoming contemporary romance which was fantastic! Let’s meet Nicole Leiren!
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Welcome to the blog, Nicole! Can you tell us about yourself?
Hi Everyone! Where to start? I was born in a small town… (not the same one as John Cougar Mellencamp, but still a small town. LOL). I’m a Midwest girl, born and raised to parents who made their living in the medical field. Thanks to dinner conversations, I knew from a very young age that the medical field wasn’t for me. Yes, that’s right…I passed out after giving blood once. I never tempted fate and tried that again! While my parents didn’t inspire a strong desire to work in a hospital or doctor’s office, they did instill a love for reading practically from day one of my life.
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed being transported out of reality into a world where, no matter what happens on the journey, we end up at happily ever after. Needless to say, books that end in a cliffhanger or are not a happily ever after aren’t high in my TBR pile. I need my endings to be all wrapped up with a nice bow. Why? Because real life isn’t like that typically, so my escape needs to be.
Have you been writing “forever”?
Maybe not as long as I’ve been reading, but for almost as long. As a kid, I wrote dialogue for a character my Dad introduced to my sister and me, Wee Willy Ant. Then in high school, I utilized poetry to help make sense of all those wonderful hormones and emotions we’re forced to endure in that “fun” part of life. Next, I moved to fanfiction, a beautiful playground for writers to stretch their creative wings. After spending several years there and meeting some amazing readers, I decided to try my hand at my own characters and stories. There’s a constant diatribe of characters running through my brain (I don’t sleep much LOL) so allowing them to escape my head and fill a blank page has proven immensely satisfying over the years. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t have this creative outlet, my brain might spontaneously combust.
What genres do you typically write?
So far I’ve written contemporary romance, suspense with romantic elements and I’m halfway through a cozy mystery.
Do you read in the genres you typically write?
Yes, I’m a big fan of romantic suspense, suspense and contemporary romance. Most, if not all, of my TBR pile falls in those genres. I love having the added mystery/suspense element woven into a love story – warms my heart every time!
Where do you find the inspiration/ideas for the stories you write?
It varies for each book, but the hero in my upcoming release was inspired by someone I met on a plane. I travel a lot for my day job and so I see/meet a lot of interesting people along the way. He shared his theories on love, life and women with me in such a highly entertaining way, it inspired the idea for the Daniel character in the story. From there, I decided what kind of woman would take him by surprise. I wanted her to, in a very subtle way, change what he believed about himself, love and life and lead him, ultimately, to his happily ever after. Once I have the characters, I get to play the fun game of “what if?” and the story grows from there. Typically, my overactive imagination can take a little blip or blurb from real life or attributes of people I meet and then run with it to create a story.
Are you on social media? If so, which platforms do you like to use to interact with your readers most?
Facebook is a great place to connect with readers and share in each other’s lives. Of course, changes in what Facebook allows our friends and followers to see, keeps it challenging to make sure we can connect with everyone. I’m also on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumbler and Goodreads. I’m on Facebook the most, though, so that’s the best place to find and interact with me. I also have a street team, Leiren’s Lovelies, and we have a LOT of fun in there.
What is the strangest thing a reader has ever said to you?
I’m still pretty new so I can’t think of any strange questions yet. I have a great sense of humor so I look forward to that first one.
What do you love most about the writing world?
There are so many things about this world that I love, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Since you asked so nicely, though, I’ll do my best to answer honestly. For me, the magic of taking a blank page and transforming it into a story filled with emotions, actions and descriptions that take me and the readers on a heartfelt path to happily ever after has to be one of the greatest feelings evah! Okay, when someone messages or emails me to tell me how much they love a character, scene, line, etc. that’s pretty cool too.
More than One Night the first book in the Heroes of the Night series releases on 9/29/15. I’m so excited for everyone to hear Daniel and Melodie’s story. I’m also currently working on book 2 (releases spring of next year), Remember the Night which tells the story of another hero, Cody.
Anything else you want to say to the Magical Musing’s readers?
A heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for your love of stories and for the support you give authors each and every day. I appreciate your sharing part of your day with me and I hope you fall in love with Daniel and Melodie as much as I have. Live, Love, & Laugh!
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Thank you, Nicole, for joining us today! I loved hearing about how your inspiration for Daniel came about from someone on a plane.
Readers, have you ever met someone on a plane that you had a great conversation with during the flight?