Author Spotlight: Nicole Flockton
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Well I don’t have any sort of degree in creative writing or anything. I didn’t really have a journal as teenager so I can say honestly that I’ve always wanted to be an author because that isn’t really true. I did enjoy writing short stories at school but as I got older I preferred to read.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I really started considering being an author when I was a member of eharlequin.com community board and we started to write our own short stories. But I am glad that I did find that community forum because I love being an author.
Tell us a little more about Bound by his Desire:
This story is about people learning that letting someone help them doesn’t make them weak. That love can enrich their lives.
In Bound by his Desire we meet Nick Rhodes and Pamela Bishop who whilst very ambitious in their careers and personal goals, are both very much opposed to love and romance. What inspired this concept?
The story really evolved as I was writing it. I’m not much of a plotter but just have some vague ideas on the characters and certain things in their backgrounds that shaped them into the people they are. The characters grew organically and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
Bound by his Desire is set in New York City and the city serves quite a romantic backdrop for Nick and Pamela; tell us how much does location add to the story? And, what do you consider to be the most romantic city in the world?
I try to use settings that I’m familiar with when I write. I went to NYC in 2011 and absolutely loved it. I wanted to put some of my personal feelings into the book. So Pam’s comment about Nick pinching her when she was standing in Times Square was exactly what I felt. It was surreal to be there. Now the most romantic city, wow that’s tough lol, but New York would definitely have to be up there for me because of all the locations which can become monumental features in anyone’s relationships.
What one character trait will most endear Nick and Pamela to readers?
I think Pamela’s feistiness will endear readers to her. On more than one occasion she stands up to Nick and Nick likes that too. He likes the way she isn’t a yes person to him. And I think Nick’s acceptance of that will endear him to readers.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
There’s so much more to it than just boy meets girl and they fall in love. There’s growth between the two characters. There’s real life situations in each story. There’s sadness but also great joy. Romance uplifts
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Reading as many books as possible.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
What’s next for you?
I’m working on the third book in this series, editing it right now. This third book is Jeffrey Courteux, the jeweller’s book.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Trust yourself and your decisions.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Well the hardest would be synopsis because I don’t plot so knowing how the story is going to pan it is tough. The easiest thing to write – THE END J
Favourite travel experience?
Oh going to New York City and then the following year going to Disneyland in Anaheim
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
I don’t have a bucket list.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? Milk
Red, white, bubbly? Bubbly
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Both
Give or receive? Both