Nikki Logan launches her Harlequin Romance career with her 4.5 star debut, 'Lights, Camera...Kiss The Boss'. Nikki calls herself a nature-based writer: she believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored by the danger and richness of wild places.
Readers - What settings do you love to read? Do you most love to be swept away to an exotic locale? Or read a story that could happen around the corner from your home? If you could read a book set absolutely anywhere, where would that place be?
Nikki: When I was dreaming up Ava Lang for ‘Lights, Camera…’ she was always going to be earthy but I wasn't expecting her to turn out arty, like your Fiona. Ava's a country girl with a really pure heart and an absolute passion for nature. It was tricky finding a way to make that work in Australia's most crowded city but once I hit on the idea of a landscape designer renovating barren rooftops into gardens I was off. The nature-loving heroine is a bit of a common thread in my books. What are your 'signature' heroines, Jennie?
Nikki: Ah, love a damaged hero *sigh*
Readers - Do you believe a man can be healed by the love of a woman?
Jennie: Nikki, what motivated you to write your damaged hero, Dan? People often ask me if I style my heroes on my experiences or those of people dear to me. How was Dan's character born and what are the keys to his nature and situation?
Nikki: No, I didn't set out for that to happen but Ava forced the story that way. About a third of the way in I suddenly realised 'Oh, they knew each other before!' And once I made that mental shift the rest of the story wrote itself.
Jennie: Some of the best stories come about when the characters start dictating. I'd like to say we just sit back and act as the conduit for the words to appear on the screen, but it's usually a bit harder work than that :-)
Nikki: Couldn’t agree more. Another similarity our stories have are some really gorgeous minor characters. Readers who’ve read pre-release copies of 'Lights Camera' have loved Cadence, the surly goth character--again a character that I wasn't planning to write until she burst into Ava's office in all her PVC-wearing glory. One day I'd love to give Cadence her own story. But Brent's brothers, Alex and Linc are both as gorgeous as he is and they're just so loving to each other. Is there a story for each of them in the future?
Jennie: (Rubs hands together). Secondary characters can really lift a book. One of my fun moments as a Mum of teenagers was dropping off a teen friend at his house in the middle of the night. His driveway was long and winding, it was after midnight, the dead of winter. He was tall and slender with straight, jet black hair and dressed in black from head to foot. As he strode up the driveway, the sides of his trench coat flapped about his calves and his hair drifted in the faint misty breeze. My writer's mind went straight to 'The Count of Monte Christo' and of course I shared this insight with my teen son, who was rather unimpressed with my imagination. Still, there is something spectacular about someone who has the courage to dress to their own 'tune'. I like Cadence already! And yes, there will be stories for Brent's two brothers. Actually, I'm working on one of them right now.
Well... we could do this all day :) Thanks so much to everyone who came along to celebrate the release with us. We'd love to hear your comments about wounded heroes, natural settings, signature heroines, minor characters you'd love to see in their own books or anything else we've chatted about today.