20 Oct 2013

A warm welcome to Nicola Moriarty

It's great to have another friendly face with me today and it's the gorgeous Sydney-based author Nicola Moriarty. Welcome to Fiction Dreams, Nicola!
When did you first start reading Chick Lit?
I choose my books the same way I choose my wine - based on the picture on the front! Ha, no, I'm kidding... sort of. But I do get caught up by appealing covers, and I'd say that's probably what led me to first start reading chick-lit: bright, beautiful covers that enticed me with their promise of escape. As for when this happened though? Your guess is as good as mine, many, many years ago I suppose!

When did you first start writing Chick Lit?
My first novel (Free-Falling) was released just last year (2012), and I started working on it a couple of years before that. Officially it's categorised as 'women's commercial fiction' - but it definitely has characteristics of the chick lit genre.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? If so, which?
Escapism! I like feel-good books, books that sweep me into their world and leave me feeling content. I read all sorts of other genres as well though, crime, thriller, fantasy, YA, etc, etc, etc!

Name one of your favourite Chick Lit books?
Bittersweet by Melanie La'Brooy, she's one of my favourite authors!

What's the title of your latest book? Can you tell us about it?
My most recent full-length release is called Paper Chains. It's about two Australia women who meet in London and become friends. They're both hiding secrets about their past and they're both determined to find out the truth about one another. It's a story of friendship, love, depression and tragedy - but it does still have heart-warming moments!
I also have a supernatural romance novella that was released in July of this year called Captivation. It's about a woman who withdraws from the world after losing her husband, but just as she's ready to move on, she starts to sense that he may have returned to her after all. The problem however, is that their passion for one another might just turn into something more sinister...

What inspired you to write it?

Paper Chains was inspired by my own experience with depression and my desire to explore the path my life could have taken if things had been different. I wrote Captivation as it was a chance to try something very different from my normal style.

Is it part of a series?
Nope, I haven't considered writing any books part of a series as yet.

Who designs your covers?
It's arranged by the publishers, so I'm afraid I don't know!

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
In Paper Chains, I'd love to see Mila Kunis as India and Amy Adams as Hannah. And maybe Justin Long as Liam and Ryan Gosling as Simon!

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen?
Either In Her Shoes (based on the book by Jennifer Weiner) or One for the Money (based on Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series).

Who is your all time favourite Chick Lit character?
Helen Walsh from The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes. She's wonderful. As is Marian herself of course!

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
Lisa Heidke. I love her writing and it's time she was known internationally!

Where do you write?
My husband and I run a graphic design agency together (butterstream.com.au) - I'm in the office with him three days a week (when our girls are at preschool) and I use this time to either help out with the business, study (I'm just about to finish up a uni degree with a writing major) or... write!

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Photo credit: [ebarrera] via photopin cc
Zooey Deschanel!

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy? Champagne - especially if it is consumed quite quickly :)
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopadon't - I hate trying clothes on!
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Close to the ground, although surprisingly I happen to be wearing heels right now as we speak!
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Jilly Cooper.
Cry baby or tough cookie? Cry baby - I don't mean to be though!

Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's north west with her husband and two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. She is the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop. She has published two novels, Free-Faling and Paper Chains, as well as a novella titled Captivation with Random House Australia and has contributed to the Sunlounger anthology.

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