For this week, we are doing something a little different here at Prism Book Alliance®. We are taking part in the Foster and Author program organized by the great ladies over that Jo and Isa Love Books. Our assigned author is Nic Starr, who we have reviewed here a number of times on Prism Book Alliance®.
The Lucky Country
Hi. It’s Nic Starr here. It’s day two of my week-long visit to Prism. Today I want to tell you a little about where I’m from and what this means for my writing.
I’m an Aussie girl, through and through. Born and raised in Sydney, I live in the suburbs (although I dream of moving out of the city). I love my country. I love the landscape, the people, and our way of life. So it may seem a bit strange that I write stories set in the US.
When I wrote my first book, for me, it was all about the characters and the plot, rather than the setting. I chose to locate the story in a generic part of the USA. Since then, I’ve written another five books with a US setting. However, I’ve also set some stories in Australia. My freebie, Waiting, Hoping, Wishing (http://bit.ly/1FXqKJU) is set in Sydney and Melbourne. My upcoming Christmas story (to be published by MLR Press) takes place in the Barrington Tops in New South Wales, and I’ve an upcoming series set in a pub in country NSW. Look out for the Rustic series in Jan/Feb 2016.
There are a number of challenges in writing stories with different countries.
The obvious is the spelling, grammar, and language. You may note I use Australian/English spelling in all my blog posts, but I need to be conscious of the ‘correct’ spelling when I’m working on my various manuscripts. I also need to be mindful of different words used in the different countries. You know, things like cell vs mobile, gas vs petrol, and let’s not get into thongs. ☺ Punctuation can also be troublesome with things like that crazy Oxford comma. Thank goodness for editors and patient beta readers who make sure my stories are polished to perfection. There are other less obvious differences between the countries too, in the way language is used. My editors will question me on my Aussie-isms, and vice-versa, teach me the correct way things are said in the US. For example, did you know that in the US they “top off” a cup of coffee. Here in Australia, we “top up” a cup of coffee?
If you’d like to check out one of my series set in the US, how about trying the More Than series. The books are set in the fictional seaside town of Blue Point. There are two books available now: More Than a Superstar (http://bit.ly/1R4LVK9) and More Than a Friend (http://bit.ly/1Ot8x83), with another couple of stories planned.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You need to gather the code word from each of the seven posts in my Foster An Author series at Prism. Gather all seven codes words, rearrange them into the correct sentence and email me at email@example.com with your answer. The lucky winner will get an eBook copy of one of my books, plus a $10 Amazon voucher.
Today’s code word is MEN.
See you tomorrow when I talk a bit about what else I do besides writing.
Title: More Than a Friend
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
More Than: Book Two
Tim Walker is a free man. He’s broken up with his girlfriend and is ready to move on to a new relationship. But the relationship he wants to pursue is fraught with challenges. Firstly, Scott Richardson is a man, and only Tim’s closest friends know Tim’s bisexual. Secondly, everyone knows Scott relishes the single life. And then there’s the big one: Scott is the younger brother of Tim’s best friend, Paul.
Scott can’t deny an attraction to his brother’s friend Tim. Lean, dark blond, and blue-eyed, Tim is hot and hard not to notice—especially since Scott and Tim work together. Too bad the man is straight, and too bad Scott worries how Paul will react if Scott hooks up with his best friend.
Tim and Scott want to see if there’s a chance for more than friendship between them, but neither of them wants to lose Paul. Together, they must find the courage to follow their hearts and find a way to have it all.
About the Author
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters-and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
Website & Blog: http://www.nicstarr.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1VN1RSJ
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NicStarrAuthor
The lucky winner will get an eBook copy of one of my books, plus a $10 Amazon voucher. You need to gather the code word from each of the seven posts in my Foster An Author series at Prism. Gather all seven codes words, rearrange them into the correct sentence and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer. I’ll use a random name picker to select the winner from the correct entries. I am travelling so the winner will be drawn after 2nd November. Good luck!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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