Monday, 28 April 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Nicola E Sheridan

1. Tell me about your book A Warlord’s Lady and where you got your inspiration for it?

There were several things that inspired me to write ‘A Warlord’s Lady’, one was a dream I had, about an Asian Warlord, the other was The Commando, from Australia’s ‘Biggest Loser’ television show (he’s worthwhile googling- trust me). I I thought he’d make a good hero, being so unreadable and unmovable...

2. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer and how did you bounce back from it?

Someone after reading one of my books ‘diagnosed’ me with a literary ‘disorder’. That was probably the most hurtful comment I’ve had. If the person doesn’t like a book, that’s perfectly fine, but criticising the author personally is unnecessary. I appreciate when people take the time to comment on my books – for good or bad, it can help me become a better writer, but dedicating a negative criticism to the individual rather than the book was not helpful in any way … Still, you can’t help what other people say so onwards and upwards!

3. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Does it really make it go faster?

Totally! I do the same with the pedestrian crossings. The more you press it, the more people the traffic light thinks are waiting – so it goes green quicker… that’s the theory at least.

4. If you were the ruler of the world, what laws would you make?

At the moment the Western Australian government is culling sharks greater than 3 metres in length, allegedly for swimmer safety. It’s a draconian and ignorant solution – that clearly isn’t working. I’d be abolishing that policy immediately!

5. Sunrises or Sunsets?

Sunsets, simply because I don’t have to get up early to see them!

6. Would you break a law to save a loved one?

Yes, in a heartbeat.

7. Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love George R. R. Martin, he is an amazing world builder and manages to get you engaged with even the most grotesque characters. I would totally love to see how he remembers all the details of his world. I personally have difficulty remembering eye colour.

8. What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved Ancient History. I still do! I loved it so much that I studied Archaeology at university.

9. What was your favourite cartoon growing up?

Where to start? I loved Astro Boy, Inspector Gadget, but was also particularly partial to He-Man and She-Ra.

10. Do you watch horror movies on or from behind the couch?

I am a total sook when it comes to horror films. I don’t watch them. If something is scary that I’m watching I’ll usually leave to go and make a cup of tea.

11. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Keep at it, get yourself a good critique partner and enter some competitions.

12. How did you chose your genre?

I think my genre chose me, I love things with a bit of magic. Everyway modern contemporaries bore me, after all, I live a fairly normal life, I don’t need to read about one!

13. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all imagination?

It’s a mix, but I have a pretty wild imagination.

14. How do you deal with brilliant ideas that pop up while you’re writing something else?

I usually stop what I’m writing and write the first chapter of my brilliant idea. Or if it’s just a scene, I’ll write it out and save it for a rainy day.

15. If you were trapped in a room with Jason Momoa and the world was about to end, what would you do?

Uh… I couldn’t tell you that without having to put an +18 warning on your blog.

16. What’s your Porn Star name?

Portia Barton – actually... that would make an awesome character name.


Magic, murder and mayhem collide when an ordinary woman meets a powerful warlord — and writes a bestselling, tell-all book...

It's got to be Stockholm Syndrome...

Eighteen fateful months ago, Sabra was kidnapped by the infamous magician warlord Cain Dath, and her body just won't let her forget. Hidden in the humid depths of the Laos jungle, she shared everything with him, but he never shared his heart.

In his position of power, Cain cannot show weakness. He must lead his people to freedom and no one — not even the woman he's fast becoming obsessed with — can stand in his way.

Then Sabra sells her story of love slavery in a tell-all exposé and brings fame, fortune, and every one of his enemies down upon them both. Now, she is open to attack on all fronts, and he can no longer stay away. The man who enslaved her may well be the only man who can save her.
'A Warlord's Lady' is a finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for Best Paranormal Romance, and the cover for 'A Warlord's Lady' won the Best Paranormal Romance Book Cover in the Romance Writers of Australia 'Cover Love' competition!


About Nicola

Nicola E. Sheridan is an Australian author of paranormal / fantasy romance. A qualified teacher and archaeologist, she has an enduring love of mythology and loves to weave lesser-known mythological creatures into her tales. Nicola lives in Western Australia with her indulgent family and two cats. Nicola’s likes are probably endless and too numerous to list here!

1 comment:

  1. Love the cover! And it sounds like an exciting read!