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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Welcome Caitlyn Nicholas

Welcome to Caitlyn Nicholas' blog tour. Caitlyn, thank you so much for coming.

How long did you write before you became published?

I was lucky.  The first thing I wrote ended up published!  So basically it took me about nine months between starting out and getting a book contract.  This may sound like a dream to many, and it was good, but it did have drawbacks.  The main one was that I wasn’t very experienced in the publishing industry, and made a lot of mistakes because of it. 

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m in the middle of editing my next release (The Bunker, out July 2013), writing the first draft of a trilogy, and doing a Maggie Lawson course on writing a series (its great so far!).  Usually I’m not quite so busy!

What’s the hardest part of writing for you? 

Hardest part is definitely writing the first draft of the middle of the novel.  I find this is where I run out of momentum and start to doubt what I’ve written. I often find big plot holes and get tied up in knots about it at this stage as well. I get through it by setting small goals (like 1000 words a day) and constantly telling myself that it’ll be fine!

The easiest?

The starting and ending of the book.  Unlike the middle, I shoot through the beginning, all enthused about the story and totally in love with my idea and the characters. And then at the end I’m completely focused on typing The End, and by this stage I know how the story is going to hang together, so it whizzes along.


Would you dare to tell us five things that no one would know about you?



1.        I can speak Chinese (very rustily).

2.        My Grandfather started a transport company that is now a household name (in Australia).

3.        I love horse riding (dressage in particular).

4.        I’ve been blogging for over seven years.

5.        I’m a natural blonde and have never had a blonde moment in my life (that may* be a lie).


* = it totally is

LOL, I love number 5. What advice do you have for new writers?

My main advice to new authors is to hang in there.  Getting your first book published (or your sixth) is a nerve-wracking experience.  Read the reviews, ignore the bad ones (but if there is a theme to them take notice), celebrate the good ones and never ever comment.

Don’t get too caught up in your Amazon ranking, its good to know how your book is doing, but try not to get stressed about it.
Caitlyn, thanks so much for answering my questions. I think it's time for a blurb and excerpt now.



Flick likes computers. She’s good with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more of a challenge.


But when a terrifyingly dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.


In Ben’s line of work being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully grasped the danger she is in. 


First he has to keep her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world from an epic meltdown.


“It’s your last chance with the Vice Chancellor.”
“I said I’d be there.” Flick didn’t bother to hide her irritation. “I just won the man a million dollar grant, what more does he want?”
“Your bubbly and fun personality?” There was amusement beneath Andy’s sarcasm.
Flick snorted. “All right. Okay. I’m leaving now.” She growled the words, and hit the off-button on her phone.
They both knew she lied.
She dropped the phone onto the desk. Then, scowling, she clicked on the icon that’d run the Bellona program.  It crashed instantly, and took the computer with it.
“Awesome.”  She threw herself back into her chair and stared at the ceiling panels, running the changes she’d made to the code through her mind.  Realizing it’d be a waste of time to unpick what she’d done, Flick rebooted her computer and went in search of a clean copy of the program on the backup server. 
There were two versions. Usually they only kept one, but she thought nothing of it, and after saving a copy to her hard drive, she opened it up.
She scanned quickly through the code, looking for the section she’d been working on, so preoccupied with figuring out how to manipulate it into doing what she wanted, she nearly missed the strange command, her eye travelled straight past it. But then she hesitated, and went back to the unusual group of letters.  They hadn’t been there before.
A logic bomb? Some little joke Andy was playing?
She ran the command and it brought up a whole section of Bellona that she’d never seen before.
“Bloody hell -” For a moment she simply stared at the screen. 
It was no joke.
Readers, didn't you enjoy that?  Caitlyn is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate so follow her tour and comment often. Use this link to enter.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).


Still, it kinda worked out. My debut novel - and the first manuscript I'd ever written - Running Scared, was published in January 2007.  My next book, Secret Intentions followed.  Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 - my story is called The Grey Man.


In 2012 my novel Drive Me To Distraction was published, and my novella The Danger Game came out just before Christmas.  My next book, The Bunker, will be published in July 2013.



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Mary Preston said...

You did get a contract very quickly & I can see the plus & minus of this.

Blond moments huh?? That's funny.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Jessica Noreault said...
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Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Thanks for having me!

Jessica Noreault said...

This book sounds really good based on the blurb. I will need to check it out and its reviews on GR later this morning. Cannot believe I am up right now. -SOB-

But anyway, I love the five things about you. They were fun and unique!

Congrats on your FIRST book getting published, that is great! I don't know if I could ever actually finish writing a book myself. My attention span is like...zilch. It's bad, so I am always amazed at authors dedication!

Anyway, I cannot wait to get hold of the book! Thank you for the Q&A and the chance to win!

Email is : Shinyxoxmuffins at yahoo dot com

Ingeborg said...

I love the five things. You must be very proud of your Grandfather.


Shannon R said...

Another great 5 things. How did you learn the chinese?

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
kareninnc at gmail dot com