Today, I'm interviewing debut author, Niecey Roy. I love books that make me feel a wide range of emotions, and Fender Bender Blues promises to be all that and more. Check out the excerpt at the end of the interview!
In the meantime, come and learn a bit more about this talented up-and-coming young writer and her journey to publication!
Welcome Niecey! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a bookworm, music lover, wanna-be gardener with a 50/50 kill-grow ratio, I love to cook, to camp, and I prefer to be barefoot and lounging in the sun than cooped up in a stuffy house all winter.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wrote my first story in the third grade and kept writing since then.
Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
If you’re talking full-length novel, I wrote a historical romance in high school. It was a complete knock-off of a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel I had recently read, though at the time I thought I was being completely authentic. It will never see the light of day. I kept it, though. In a few years, I’m going to pull it out and read it…I’ll probably shake my head and laugh and do a lot of eye-rolling. Fun times J
LOL! Great when you need to remind yourself how far you've come! I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
There was a lot of screaming and laughing and crying involved. Mine was a bit different than most (maybe?). I had queried three publishers for Fender Bender Blues. My first contract didn’t come from The Wild Rose Press, but another publisher I had heard really good things about. I panicked, because I still thought in the back of my head I belonged with TWRP. So I sent a panic-email to TWRP and told them what was up. I waited on pins and needles for them to tell me they wanted my book. When I got the email from my now-editor, I was a blissful mess J
I'm so glad you chose TWRP. They rock! What drew you to write your chosen genre?
I think my genre chose me. When I started writing with the thought of publication in mind, it’s just what I wrote. I read everything I can get my hands on, but writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance was what I latched on to. Not saying there won’t be other genres in my future. I’ve got some ideas a’cookin’…
Ooo! You tease! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
I think staying focused. I have so many stories I want to write that I have a hard time concentrating solely on one story. I just wish I had more time to write; maybe then sticking to one story wouldn’t be such a problem.
Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Hm… I don’t think so. Although something interesting: I named the male protagonist (I won’t mention what name) immediately, no second thoughts at all, and it wasn’t until the book was in the editing process that I realized the name was actually the name of a real life person that I knew. No wonder why it had been so easy to jot the name down on paper, ha! But, I panicked thinking that guy would think I had a secret crush on him or something and sent a panic-email to my editor begging her to let me change it. Luckily, it wasn’t too late!
LOL! Horror of horrors! And trying to explain would only dig you in deeper...Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
I suppose Fender Bender Blues is my baby because it’s my first published book.
What are you working on right now?
Another romantic comedy. I hope to have it done by mid-March so that it will be released yet this year. Crossing fingers!
Good luck with that! Your readers will be clamoring for the next, let me tell you! Latest news?
The official release for Fender Bender Blues is May 3, this summer. I’ll be at the RT Conference in
May 1-5 at the book Expo to sign paperbacks and eBook cards. I’ll also be at
the RomCon conference in Kansas City, MO June 20-23 and will also have a signing table.
So excited! Colorado
Sigh...I'm so envious of you American writers. You have the BEST conferences! Have fun at the signing! Where can we find you and your books?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, I’ve also got a website. Below are the links where you can find me and Fender Bender Blues. Thanks so much for having me today!
Thanks so much for popping by, Niecey! It was a pleasure having you :) All the very best with Fender Bender Blues. Its a winner - and I adore that cover!
"Classic cars, garden gnomes, and steamy romance? My kind of book!"
~Bestselling Author Kate Perry
FENDER BENDER BLUES
Her life took a wrong turn. He's driven by success. They didn't count on crashing into love...
Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices. Now she's hunting for a new career, but starting over isn't easy. Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job. She didn't plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.
Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend. His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can't drive.
Soon they find themselves battling with Rach's grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?
Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”
“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.
Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”
“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.
She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind…
“I can feel you staring.”
Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”
She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”
“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…
She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”
“Not if I do this, you won’t.”
He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.
She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.
She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”
Fender Bender Blues, a romantic comedy
January 24, 2013 exclusive Amazon digital release
Coming May 3, 2013 everywhere
published by Wild Rose Press