Afternoon my lovelies. Today I’m super excited to have the wonderful Kim Nash on Meet the Author. We’re chatting about dreams coming true, why characters are so important, her favourite time to write and why she loves being an author, her new book, Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove and more……
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m firstly Mom to football-mad 13-year-old Ollie and dog Mom to Roni, our rescue English Setter. I work as Head of Publicity at Bookouture. I blog at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk and I’m an author too. I also love to organise events connecting authors and readers.
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I’ve always wanted to write since I was a child. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realised that I could keep saying I’d love to write a book, or I could get off my arse and actually try to write one. So I chose to do that. I suppose being around authors every day who were following their dreams made me realise that you have to make your own dreams come true.
My ideas come from everyday life really. A little spark could come from what someone says, or does and then develops into something a whole lot more in my head and the more I ponder, the more a story forms.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve had four books published. Amazing Grace, Escape to Giddywell Grange, Sunshine and Second Chances and Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove. I’m currently writing the sequel to Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove and I’ve also starting writing another book based in Portugal, but that’s on hold until I finish Muddleford 2.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be two things. An author – because my love of Enid Blyton books made me want to write stories that could transport you into a whole different world. I thought authors lived by the sea and your writing office and desk overlooked your garden with a magnificent sea view and a path at the bottom of your garden leading down to a sandy beach. Also I wanted to work for a book publisher – because I thought that you got to work in a swanky office and read books all day. How wrong I was! LOL!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
I hope it’s ok to so that I would go to heaven to see my parents. (Just for clarification here though, I don’t want to go there permanently yet. I have way too much to do!) We lost my mom nearly 15 years ago and dad 8 years ago and I would love to see them again. I’d particularly like my mom to meet my son as sadly, I gave birth to him a year after we lost her, so she never knew I was pregnant and never got to meet him. I’d love to see them both and just spent time with them.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I live in Staffordshire in the UK and can normally be found rambling around Cannock Chase Forest with the dog trying to avoid other dogs or cheering on Ollie who plays football for a local team. I love a spa day and a gin and tonic – not at the same time. I love holidays, which is obviously not great at the moment due to Covid. Obviously I love reading and writing and just spending time with my boy.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Just get on with it! I spent so long saying that I’d love to do it without actually trying.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
I would love to say that I try to get all three into my books but I start with my characters. I love it when people who read my books say that they really loved my characters and could relate to them. Or some have said that they’d like to be their friends. That makes me feel like I’ve done a good job and is such a big compliment.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Women’s fiction/romantic comedies. I find them the most realistic – most of the characters have flaws just like us real people, and find themselves in situations that anyone could be in and I just love the fact that you can lose yourself between the pages of a book. I do love a happy ever after and a book that leaves you with a great big smile on your face.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
In Escape to Giddywell Grange, my character Maddy works in a doggy daycare business and for some strange reason I kept typing willies instead of wellies when she was changing her footwear. It used to make me giggle like a schoolchild.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
I love to write when I’m on holiday. I work full time and my head is always full of other people’s books from my job and my book blogging world too. So when I’m away and my head is clear, I love nothing better than getting up early and getting some words written while everyone is asleep. I’m an early riser anyway and I love to use that time effectively. I love to write on holiday though because beautiful views whether they be turquoise blue seas or lush green mountains just fills my heart with joy and my words flow better.
What’s your favourite thing about being an author?
I absolutely love it when readers get in touch and tell me that my book has either helped them through a bad time, or that it’s meant something really personal to them. Amazing Grace in particular is about a woman who is experiencing grief after the loss of her mother. This was really personal to me as I started to write it after I lost my Mom. So when people write and say it’s helped them to cope with their grief, it really does mean the absolute world to me. I’ve also had lots of great messages about Sunshine and Second Chances which is set in Portugal and people have said that it’s transported them to another country when travel wasn’t an option as I published it in June last year which not long after the pandemic had set in and people weren’t allowed to go on holiday.
I also particularly LOVE it when someone is reading one of my books and messaging me at the same time with messages like “I’ve got to the bit where *** happens and he’s really winding me up” or “oh I’ve fallen in love with *** because ***.” It’s great to do live messaging like this. Such fun!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove: A heartwarming, uplifting, feel-good romantic comedy
When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag, she feels like her world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, informing her of her Aunty Lil‘s death.
Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited her aunt’s beach house, along with a gorgeous beach hut just for starters and finally meets the mysterious Norman who stole her Aunty Lil’s heart. Childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.
Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.
Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?
An utterly uplifting and heartwarming summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Carole Matthews, Nicola May and Milly Johnson.
Thank you so much Kim for coming and chatting with us. I’ve read Amazing Grace and loved it, and can’t wait to read the rest of your books!
If you have any comments or questions for Kim, make sure you get in touch!
I’ll be back shortly with another post for you, so until then…..enjoy your afternoon.