Please welcome special guest Nicole Helm to the virtual offices today. Nicole is here to chat about her new release Seven Night Stand. She also brought along a $10 Amazon gift card for one of you to win after the interview!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Nicole Helm] I’m a mom of two young boys who writes contemporary romance novels between changing diapers and fielding incessant toddler questions.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seven Night Stand?
[Nicole Helm] Seven-Night Stand is about a reality TV scout, Vivvy Marsh, who lands at a small private airfield in Kansas to try and find a reality TV show that will work. She’s pretty desperate for Harrington Airfield & Mechanics to be the setting for that show, but small airport owner Nate Harrington has way too many skeletons in his closet to let that happen. What he does let happen is a seven-night stand that turns complicated when feelings enter the equation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Nicole Helm] I actually wrote the first 1,000 words for a contest where the opening scene had to have a man and a plane. Nate and his airfield were born. The reality TV idea came from something my grandpa mentioned in passing once regarding someone calling him from a TV station with the possibility of doing a show on his business (which is an airfield, although a different kind of one than the Harrington Airfield in my book). It never came to fruition, but it was enough of a seed in my brain for me to use it as a story premise.
The characters themselves came from the idea of wanting a woman to be bowled over by a man and a plane in the first thousand words. Thus, hunky Nate was born. He’s got a little swagger, so I knew he’d need a confident woman who didn’t take anyone’s crap. And that’s how Vivvy came to be.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Vivvy?
[Nicole Helm] No-nonsense, guarded, driven.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Nate had a theme song, what would it be?
[Nicole Helm] Oooh, I love this question! A good theme song for Nate would probably be Guys Like Me by Eric Church. Even though Nate’s a successful businessman, he’s a little rough around the edges, and he definitely embodies his small town.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Vivvy is never without.
[Nicole Helm] Her cell phone–her only connection to the outside world when she’s in Kansas.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nate’s bedroom?
[Nicole Helm] This is hard. Nate’s a pretty laid back guy, but I’d have to go with a suit, throw pillows, and hair dye.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vivvy’s greatest regret?
[Nicole Helm] Spending so much of her life fearing connection.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Nicole Helm] Books. I’m a lifelong reader, I was once an English major and then an English teacher, so books of all shapes and sizes influence–not just my writing life–but my life in general. I also love music, especially country music. A lot of story ideas have started from listening to a country song.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Nicole Helm] My iPad, something distracting my kids, and the internet so I can procrastinate when I get stuck.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Nicole Helm] Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe. I think Molly is writing some of the most complex, interesting heroines in contemporary romance right now and this book totally blew me away.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Nicole Helm] I’ve been a reader my whole life. I remember my dad reading me and my sister a picture book called "Pudgy Pals" when we were tiny, tiny, and I remember the first books I read on my own were a collection of Dr. Seuss books, but I have always, always loved to read. I think I was born with it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Nicole Helm] Spend time with my husband and kids, watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball, hike (if it’s a nice day), bake, and, of course, read.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Nicole Helm] My website: www.nicolehelm.wordpress.com
But the best bet is Twitter because, as my husband can attest, I spend waaay too much time on it. @NicoleTHelm
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About Seven Night Stand:
Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she’ll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust…until she meets sexy pilot, Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.
Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family’s business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.
I grew up with my nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, I get to pursue that dream.
I write down-to-earth contemporary romance over the backdrop of America’s flyover states for Entangled Indulgence and Samhain Publishing.
I live in Missouri with my husband and two young sons, and write my novels one baby’s nap at a time. I’m slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter (nicolethelm), the St. Louis Cardinals, and someday owning a barn.
You can contact me at NicoleTHelm@gmail.com. I am a contributor at the From Fact to Fiction blog and the Entangled Indulgence Author’s blog.
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