Jen: Today we welcome Erin Nicholas to Romancing the Book. Erin, will you share a short bio with us?
Erin: Erin Nicholas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Erin: Completely Yours is the first book in a new series called Opposites Attract. The series is the Big Bang Theory… in reverse ☺ Geeky girls and the hot guys who fall for them. The idea came from my daughter, actually. She’s my favorite geeky girl and we were talking one day about how being “geeky” actually just means being passionate, and unashamed, about something. She has always impressed me with how sure of herself she is and she doesn’t apologize for her passion for the things she loves! ☺
“Where are we going?” Kiera asked.
“I’m getting you to the hospital.” With the hand not holding hers, he pulled his phone out and started swiping his thumb over the screen as he walked.
Well, that would be a way of extending their time together without it being a date. Or whatever dinner would have been. He hadn’t let go of her hand yet, and he still didn’t when he paused just inside the conference center’s doors.
He pulled her around to face him. “I confirmed that Sophie and Maya were both taken to Mass General.”
“Texted a buddy in the ER.”
“Oh, great. Thanks.”
He reached into his pocket and tugged his wallet free. He did let go of her then to pull a twenty from it. He handed it over, and Kiera’s cheeks got hot again. He was giving her money for a cab. Damn. She suddenly didn’t want him taking care of her. She didn’t want him to see her as just another person he was being paid to help.
“I’ll pay you back,” she said quickly. She did need it. Or she’d have to walk to the hospital.
“I was hoping you’d say that.” He gave her a grin. “That means I’ll get to see you again.”
Okay, he was a hot guy who saved lives and had a grin that made her tingle. Big deal.
“No, I can mail it. Just give me your address.” She reached for the money.
He pulled it back out of reach. “I’d rather have a personal delivery.”
She couldn’t meet his eyes and focused on his collar instead. She wasn’t a mess—
she really wasn’t— but in spite of her warrior princess outfit and her sword, she knew she’d come across that way today. Hell, her outfit and sword—spray painted foam board, of course—probably made her seem even more pitiful, like someone who could only be tough when she was pretending to be someone else.
“It’d be better if I mailed it,” she said again, finally lifting her eyes to his.
He frowned slightly and handed her the twenty. “Okay, I’ll text you my address. What’s your number?”
She couldn’t help it. She smiled slightly. He was smooth. “Nice try.”
“Then I’ll give you my number. You can text me for my address, and I’ll text you back. But that seems less efficient.”
“Probably the easiest thing would be to mail it to you at work,” she said.
“You don’t know that address.”
“I can look it up.”
Finally, he gave up with a shake of his head. “What am I missing here? I’d like to see you again and thought you’d feel the same way.”
She swallowed her pride that wanted her to say “Nope, don’t feel the same way, thanks all the same” and told him the truth. “I like you. You made today… not horrible.”
Okay, part of the truth. He’d made today pretty damned great.
He gave a quick laugh. “Not sure I’ve ever had a woman describe time with me as not horrible.”
She could imagine.
“I just…” Dammit. She took a breath and blew it out. “I’m a geek, Zach. I love to cosplay. I game every single night. All of my friends are into this same Comic Con stuff. I go to every Marvel movie on opening day. I read fantasy and sci fi. I spend ninety-eight percent of my time on the computer—both for work and pleasure. I’m addicted to Table Top and Felicia Day is my idol.”
Zach looked at her for a long moment. Then just as she thought he was going to say “Yep you’re right, this will never work” or even “What the hell is Table Top?” he reached up, cupped her face between the two big capable hands that had been helping and healing all day, and pulled her in for a kiss.
No, not a kiss, Kiera corrected three point two seconds later. The. Best. Kiss. Ever.
It was not a meeting of lips. It was a full contact we-were-made-to-do-this fusion.
It literally made her head spin.
And then her legs got a little wobbly.
And the next thing she heard was “Kiera!” just before everything went black.
Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Erin: I’ve been a writer since I was a little girl. I was raised in a family of booklovers and I started making up stories in my head when I was very young. I wrote short stories and poems and even songs as a kid and as I grew and my love for reading grew, so did my own stories. I had notebooks full of stories by the time I was a teenager and discovered romance and found where I belonged! In 2009, I submitted a story I’d written a long time before but had held onto because I was finishing grad school, working and starting our family. I sent No Matter What in to Samhain Publishing and I still have the email from Lindsey Faber saying she’d fallen in love with the story and characters and that she wanted to offer a contract ☺ No Matter What was published in November of 2009.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Erin: My dad was an English and journalism teacher was published in some news publications. My husband is also a journalist and works for our local paper where he covers courts and general news and writes occasional editorials and human interest stories. In his words, he writes the “real stuff” while I write the “pretend stuff” ☺ My daughter is studying journalism and also writes fiction which she plans to publish when she’s finished with school.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Erin: Fun and flirty.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Erin: I’m a geek but not about gaming like Kiera (the heroine of Completely Yours) so I had to do a lot of research about gaming, cosplaying, Comic Cons and graphic design. My daughter was a great resource and pointed me to many others. And I have to say, I loved learning all about this world. I also took a trip to Boston as I was starting the book and got to explore the residential areas rather than the touristy parts to get a feel for the city from the view of someone who lives there versus visitors ☺ Love that city!
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Erin: I have several heroines I wish I could be ☺ but the one I most identify with is Jessica Bradford from Just Right. Or Amanda Dixon in She’s the One. Both are the responsible, rule-following older sister who takes care of everyone. Yep, I can relate to those girls for sure!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Erin: 2017 is a very busy year already!
I have the second book in my Taking Chances series, Tangled Up, releasing in January, the second book in the Opposites Attract series, Forever Mine, releasing in March, and a new book in the Sapphire Falls series, After All, coming in May. And then the third book the Taking Chances series at a date TBA and the third book in the Opposites Attract series, Totally His, coming in October!