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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Party Post Number 3
NEW DIRECTIONS: WHEN YOUR VOICE JUST WON'T BE DENIED


Nicola Marsh traded a career in physiotherapy to pursue her dream job of writing and hasn't looked back.
When she's not enjoying life with her family in Melbourne, she's at her computer creating the romances she loves.
Visit her at www.nicolamarsh.com



When I started writing a few years ago I thought voice was something you used to sing.
I didn't know a synopsis from a partial, and read totally for pleasure.
Thankfully, these days I'm a little more clued in to the writing biz but it's an ever-evolving industry and I found myself smack-bang in the middle of change last year when my editor approached me and asked me to write for a new line, Modern Extra. Cue the scary music...

I love writing for Harlequin Romance. The scope of stories is wonderful, the depth of emotion a constant feature, so could I really write a more fun, flirty book complete with sex?

Only one way to find out so I embraced the challenge and haven't looked back. This year I have 3 Modern Extra releases hitting the shelves, along with my Romance, and writing for 2 series has broadened my horizons tremendously. I love the contrasts between the books, I love exploring my different voices.

Change is a good thing.
It can take you places you never dreamed possible.

So what has been your biggest change over the last year?
I'm giving away a signed copy of my upcoming Sexy Sensation release, BIG-SHOT BACHELOR. Good luck.

(A special thanks to Tessa for inviting me to party. Nothing like the launch of a debut book to change your life!)

Nicola's first Sexy Sensation (Modern Extra) BIG-SHOT BACHELOR will hit Australian & NZ shelves in May, closely followed by PRINCESS AUSTRALIA (Harlequin Romance) in June. Check out her changing directions!

Tessa says: Winners announced in 24 hours time. More than one giveaway is running, scroll down to find more!

19 Comments:

Blogger Helenk said...

After a very busy few years, i have had to slow down -- so enjoying reading many more wonderful books once again.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome, Nicola!

And you are so right, that debut book has changed my life.

Another huge change of direction for me was when I had my babies-that made me re-evaluate everything I wanted from life!

Tessa

8:06 PM  
Blogger Robyn Grady said...

Hey, what a fantastic way to launch your first book, Tessa!! I can hear the champagne corks popping from here!

Nicola, I love your Romances (as you know) and I'm dying to read your first MODX.

Just for the record...Bertie Beetles are my favourite chocolate, the little fellas with honeycomb crisps throughout. Seriously yum. =)

Robbie

11:28 PM  
Blogger Nicola Marsh said...

So glad to be here :)

Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Annie West said...

Nic,

Am in awe - 3 Modern Extras out this year in addition to your Romances - wow! It sounds as if you've taken to writing for two lines like a duck to water.

Hm - my biggest change over the last year? I'm tempted to say the patience and calm I've discovered in starting to teach my daughter to drive... However it would have to be acclimatising to writing for deadlines.

It's so different when the romance you're writing has a due date. It takes some getting used to, knowing you have an editor waiting to see what you produce!

Annie

1:46 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Congratulations Nicola on all your new books. The last year my daughter has turned eighteen and it's been a challenge to deal with her adult to adult and still enforce the rules of the house.

3:16 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

Congratulations on your upcoming book! My biggest change is adding exercise to my list of weekly things to do.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

I love Nicola's work and I enjoyed yur book as well

4:17 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Kim w, I so have to agree about exercise being the biggest challenge. After all the talk of chocolate I went for a walk earlier and now I ache!

LOL on teaching your daughter to drive, Annie. And Maureen it can't be easy enforcing the rules on an 18 year old adult...

5:48 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

My biggest change over the past year has been becoming a licensed driver. It has given me independence and I don't have to ask anyone to drive me where I want to go.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Biggest change??? That would have to be our work related move from sunny skies all year round to Minnesota. My family and I experienced our first sub-zero month!

6:20 AM  
Blogger tlnrwcs said...

homeschooling

6:39 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I haven't had any changes so far this year but in September I will become a grandmother again!

6:39 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

I have retired from evening work which is a big change being home in the evenings.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

My biggest change this year was going back to work after a year off for the birth of my second daughter. And I must say, it's certainly taken its toll on my writing time! If it wasn't for those pesky bills...

Marcy

9:18 AM  
Blogger misty wright said...

The biggest challenge for me this past year is balancing it all since my hubby passes away. It's been a hard road but I know we'll get through it.

Looking forward to your books this year!

Misty

9:20 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Well, we are in the biggest challenge now. . . we're one job less and hoping to be moving by the end of the year, and when that happens, I am expecting to go back to school. . . so I guess we'll see what happens. LOL :)

Lois

2:04 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

My biggest change of the last year has been having a baby girl. She is 6 months now and alot of work but worth it.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks for sharing, everyone.

It has been great hearing about all your changes.

7:57 PM  

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