Today we are honored to welcome author Nina Croft to My Book Addiction and More!
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MBA: Tell our readers a little about you? Your likes and dislikes?
Nina: I’m Nina Croft, I’m English though I now live in Spain. Once, in a long ago life, I was an accountant, now I’m a writer and loving it. I like the sun, and my husband, and animals and reading and writing and red wine (and lots of other things!) I dislike the cold, and flying, and injustice.
MBA: What made you decide to write the genre you write? Why?
NC: Actually, I write in a whole load of genres, paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, but I guess they are all romance of some kind. And I think I probably headed to romance writing because I love a “happily ever after” ending.
MBA: In your own words tell our readers a little about “your current release”(we’ll add the title and a link to the book)?
NC: Break Out is book one in my Blood Hunter Series. It’s a combination of sci-fi and paranormal romance. The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space cruiser, El Cazador de la Sangre (or The Blood Hunter). Book one is the story of Ricardo Sanchez the pilot of El Cazador. He just also happens to be a vampire. Rico loves two things in life, beautiful women, and impossible jobs. He gets both these things in the shape of Skylar Rossario, who employs the crew to break her brother out of a maximum security prison. But Skylar is more than just a beautiful woman…
MBA: Where did you get the idea for this story?
NC: Actually, I’d been watching the TV series Firefly (which I love) and decided I wanted to write a space opera. But I also love all things paranormal and so when the pilot turned out to be a vampire, I thought why not. Because really, if vampires exist now (and of course they do) and they are immortal (which they are), it stands to reason that they will exist in the future. The more I thought about it, the more I loved the combination.
MBA: What was or is the greatest roadblock in writing and how did you overcome it?
NC: I actually started writing when I worked as a volunteer in Africa in my twenties. We were living in a remote village on the edge of Lake Kariba, with no TV, no internet, and a very restricted supply of books. I started writing as a means of entertaining myself. But when I got back to “real” life, I found it was hard to fit in with everything else going on (and I am still wildly impressed by writers who manage a home and a family and a full time job and still write) and writing got put aside. But I wanted to write, and in the end, we made the decision to have a total life change. We gave up our jobs and bought a small almond farm in the mountains in Spain where I now read, write, and even pick the occasional almond. I have very little money but loads of time to write – and I’m happy!
MBA: What is on the horizon for you?
NC: Lots of things. I have a number of books coming out in 2013 with my fabulous publisher Entangled. Including books 2 and 3 in the Blood Hunter series. Also a thriller, a contemporary romance, and a couple of paranormal romances. It’s going to be a busy year.
MBA: Can you give our readers a few tidbits about your next project?
NC: I’m just finishing edits on my second contemporary romance. After that I will be working on the third book in a paranormal romance series (Book one, Bittersweet Blood, comes out in December this year). I can’t tell you anymore because I haven’t decided just which of the characters out of book 2 I’m going to write about next.
MBA: What advice do you have for those who’d like to write but don’t know where to start?
NC: Just write. Write the sort of things you love to read. Once you’ve proved you can get the words down, then start learning your craft. Do some courses, read some ‘how to write’ books, join a writing club. But most of all—just write.
MBA: Back to your current release, who was your favorite character to write in this story? Why?
NC: Rico – space pirate and vampire. Rico was one of those characters who turned up fully formed and just about took over the writing. I never struggle to get the words down when Rico is in a scene.
MBA: If you could look into the future and see things what would you hope would be the biggest change in our world?
NC: Aliens. Proof that there is other life in the universe and we are not alone.
MBA: What’s your favorite movie? Why?
NC: Terminator or Dirty Dancing. Terminator because I just love the whole time travel plot. Dirty dancing because I love the music, and the dancing and I can (and do) watch it over and over again.
MBA: What does a day in your life look like?
NC: Well, usually I get up when the sun rises, because that’s when everyone else wakes up and starts suggesting that it’s time for a walk (the dogs) or it’s time for breakfast (the pig). So I feed the pig and the cat and I take the dogs for a walk. Then I’ll have a cup of tea and check emails. Then I’ll go feed the horse and the goats and the chickens, maybe go for a ride (did I mention I like animals!) Then I write… obviously interspersed with more walking and feeding…
MBA: If you could change one thing in your writing career what would it be?
NC: I’d sell more!
MBA: Where can our readers find you?
Break Out – Blurb
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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