So Many Questions with Author Nicole Leiren

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?

11148798_829720897114358_8989691231531778823_oHi 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.

MoreThanOneNightWhat do you have coming up?

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? 

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11 Responses to So Many Questions with Author Nicole Leiren

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Nicole, thanks for sharing your story, and congratulations on your first book! I just clicked on the link, and I love the blurb. When I was young and dating, I had two boyfriends names Danny (not at the same time), so I’m partial to the name Daniel.

    Magical Musings posts about new releases (and sales, 99 cent books, free books, and recommends) on Fridays. We do have a Friday Night Submission Form; the link is right under the picture of the couch on the top. If you fill it in after Thursday (or do it earlier but put a note saying you want it posted next week), I’ll post it on the Friday after the release.

    • Edie,

      Thank you so much! I’ll make a note to do that 🙂

      Your comment made me think back to my brief dating history (I met the guy I would marry shortly after I turned 18 so not a lot of broken hearts did I leave in my wake LOL) I dated a Todd, a Scott, and a Jeremy – but no Daniels 🙂

      Thanks again for checking out my info and for commenting!



  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Amy and Nicole,

    Nicole, so nice to meet you! congratulations on your upcoming release, More than One Night. loved reading the story of your inspiration for Daniel and I adore how you decided on his heroine as the woman who would not just surprise him, but take him by surprise!

    • Thanks Mary!

      So nice to meet you as well 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the story about the “Daniel” I met on the plane – he’s a great guy and I hope he finds his “Melodie” some day too!

      Keeping men on their toes is part of our job description as women, right? *grin* I think (hope lol) the readers enjoy the interaction between these two. They were so much fun to write!

      Thanks again for stopping by and for commenting, Mary!

      Nicole Leiren`s last blog was …Celebrating Real World Heroes – Pt 3

  3. Isabella says:

    Nicole, Congratulations on your first book!
    Loved reading about your writing inspirations, it’s awesome.
    Cant’t wait to read your story!

    • Isabella,

      Thank you so much! It’s been a ton of fun sharing about what gets my creative juices flowing. Questions about how long I’ve been writing, etc. really made me stop and think about how long this has been a part of my life.

      As I look back, I realize I would’ve been lost without being able to express myself with the written word 🙂 Getting to share those expressions with others is the icing on the cake!

      Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the book!


      Nicole Leiren`s last blog was …Celebrating Real World Heroes – Pt 3

  4. Congrats on your debut!

  5. Thanks Stephanie!


  6. Livia Grant says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Nicole!

  7. Wanted to finish off the day by saying thank you to Amy Remus and Magical Musings for having me here. Thank you sooo much!!



    Nicole Leiren`s last blog was …Celebrating Real World Heroes – Pt 3

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