Interview & Contest: G.C. Nichols

GCNichols_AuthorPicJen:  Today we welcome G.C. Nichols to Romancing the Book.  G.C., will you share a short bio with us?
G.C.:  Author Bio: G.C. Nichols is a Creative Director by day, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and writer by night. Other than getting lost in the imaginary worlds her mind creates, G.C. enjoys riding, hunting, and fishing, with her husband, family and friends. She is happiest on the wooded acres of serenity they call home in upstate New York, surrounded by a wild array of entertaining pets.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
G.C.:  Experiencing the outlaw motorcycle club culture first hand, from a young age, definitely inspired this story. I’ve made many life long friends from that world. Even if I don’t see them for a while, they always pop back up in my life and we start off right where we left off, as if no time passed. It’s a misunderstood culture and I wanted to portray some of the fun, quirky and wonderfully sweet parts of it that most of society doesn’t expect.

My parents, immigrants from Italy, also played a big part in Colors. Their strong will to succeed and keep the history of their cultural backgrounds alive was a huge influence. My mother loved to entice me with tales of gypsies from her little village. She warned me of the evil eye and curses and it just stuck throughout my whole life. My father drilled the “ride or die” mentality into me. He propped me on his motorcycle for my first ride when I was just a little girl and never backed down in wanting me to ride one myself, until I finally obtained my license.

Here’s the blurb from Colors

Gypsies bestowed the curse. A sadistic man unleashed its power.

Gioia Vita, at thirty-four, is not living the joyous life her cultural name might suggest. Haunted by an abusive past and tormented by the harsh illustrations of a cynical world she struggles to bury her secrets and find serenity in her life. Plagued by a glitch in her vision, she perceives colors and mystical imagery surrounding people that warn her of their intrinsic nature. With a fear of old world superstitions implanted into her from an early age, Gioia finds herself believing in these enchantments. Especially now, that she is seeing these… colors.

The desire for adventure in her sheltered life prevails when an acquaintance invites her back into the subculture of her rebellious youth. Her vision helps her navigate this tumultuous world few get to experience, the world of 1%ers. An enclave of brothers, bearing colors that reject normal society. She unexpectedly finds the warm colors of family, friends and a new love. Braden Davies restores passion in her heart, but can an outlaw from a chaotic underground culture heal her wounds? First, they must conquer the manipulative adversary that haunts them, unearth long buried family secrets, and learn that sometimes a curse can really be a gift.

And a short excerpt:

The sun emitted particularly balmy rays that seeped into my exposed skin and warmed me throughout. Like Mom’s chicken soup on a cold day, it flowed through my body to my soul and healed me. The wind cooled my face, knotted my long flowing hair, and created pockets of force between my limbs as it raced against us. We were in flight for the two-hour ride, and my soul appreciated some much needed freedom. Even though my sunglasses kept the bright sun out of my eyes, Braden’s brilliant metallic fire captivated me.

We snuck in small rides every day the fall weather permitted, but this particular Indian summer day was an unexpected gift received along the Merritt Parkway. The almost eighty degree temperature was truly out of the ordinary for the end of October. We were going to an ally club’s Halloween party that evening and decided to extend the trip to northern Connecticut.

There were few times in my life I could remember being this happy. Waking up to Braden’s golden sun almost every morning for the past few weeks surely made this one of them. I felt safe with him, not only because of his gleaming rapture that guaranteed he was pure but also because I could sense it in everything he did. His touch was always gentle, and he never failed to watch over me. In these past few weeks, I grew to know him well and love him entirely.

I was still frightened and questioning everything. What had I done to deserve him in my life? Had I endured enough hardship to finally find a decent man? Our passion was rising to daring heights, and I wanted nothing more than to become one with him, but he always held back, as if making love could risk our bond. Was it only a matter of time before the devil would find me again and take Braden away?

The gypsies continued to invade my dreams and fear of their evil nature consumed me. Luckily, I managed to hide the nightly turmoil from Braden. My brain struggled to comprehend the most recent nightmare. I found myself wandering back to last night’s vision.

Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
G.C.:  Just as I turned twelve, we moved to a new town and I started at a new school. Being so shy, it took me a while to make new friends. I spent a lot of time reading, getting lost in the stories, and the characters became my friends. That’s when I started writing. I wanted to create worlds for people to get lost in, or maybe, find themselves in.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
G.C.:  Brazen, dreamy, and colorful.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
G.C.:  A lot of the time it’s while I’m driving, and it’s terrible. I’ll repeat the idea in my head a million times until I can get to a pen and paper. I recently uploaded a microphone app on my phone so if I’m stuck in traffic, I can just record my thoughts.  And, it’s happened in the middle of the woods sometimes, while I’m bird hunting, with my husband! He understands I just need to scribble notes everywhere.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
G.C.:  I lived it. Well… most of it!

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
G.C.:  One of my readers left me a review on Amazon and referred to my writing as “salty and sweet.”

I thought that was the coolest description, and most perfect ever!

Jen: What’s next for you?
G.C.:  My next pursuit is to begin interviewing outlaw motorcycle club members and tell their stories. I have some intriguing characters lined up and am very excited to get started. I’m also currently working on Book Two of the Dissension Series, Brothers, the follow up to Colors, and hoping to finish the trilogy with Outlaws in the next two years.

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