I’m delighted to be welcoming Nicola May to my hot seat as part of the tour for her latest novel publishing today, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.
Find out Nicola May’s inspiration for her story, the scene that was the hardest to write as well as her author influences and more.
There’s also a tourwide giveaway of 3 x paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay open internationally. Don’t miss it!
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise The Corner Shop in 20 words or less.
Rosa Larkin inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village from a mystery benefactor, with a surprising outcome.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
It was quite random really. My dad is an artist and had given me a painting of a corner shop that used to be in Sunninghill, a village near where I live. It was so pretty and actually had the words The Corner Shop over it’s pretty windows. It is long gone now. but seeing it, made me think back to the novel, Chocolat, and accentuated in my mind what a great focal point for a novel, a seaside corner shop would be. I love going on holiday in Devon, so I was able to just imagine one of the little coastal villages I had been to down there, to set the scene. On the book cover, the actual painting that my dad did is incorporated into the illustration.
How do your characters come into existence Nicola? Do they have a bio?
I don’t have a bio as such, but do go through in my mind how they look and any quirks they may have. I did write a family tree, including dates for births and deaths for this one, as there is quite a complex family back story.
What scene was the hardest to write?
Without giving away any spoilers, the scene when my heroine Rosa finds out who her mystery benefactor is a right tear jerker. Rosa was brought up in children’s homes all her life and the revelation is huge!
Do you have a theme for your book covers? Who designs them?
The cover for this new book is slightly different to previous themes, which always involved people. I think because I have chosen to self-publish this book I have gone just slightly off piste. My publisher designed previous covers but I have a friend who creates my self-published covers. As stated earlier, my dad is an artist and he painted the illustration for this one, which makes me really happy.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration Nicola, or a favourite activity?
I am lucky to live within walking distance of Ascot Racecourse, so I quite often don my trainers and go for a power walk around the inner track. I find walking in the fresh air with no other distractions is a perfect way to go through plots in my head.
Panster or plotter?
Just in case not everyone is aware of these terms, a plotter is someone who plans out their novel before they write it. A pantser is someone who, “flies by the seat of their pants,” meaning they don’t plan out anything, or plan very little. I call myself a planster as I do have a general idea of where the story is going, but more often than not, my characters lead me another way.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
Marian Keyes, for sure. I read Water Melon and thought, I want to write a book as good as that.
Finally, what has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
Winning awards for The School Gates and Christmas Evie in 2012 and 2014 respectively at the Festival of Romance.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
Connect with Nicola May
Website – www.nicolamay.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/
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