Please welcome Nina Croft to the virtual offices this morning! Nina is celebrating the release of Losing Control, and has a gift card you can win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Nina Croft] Animal lover, sun worshipper, drinker of wine, obsessive reader and writer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Losing Control?
[Nina Croft] Losing Control is a ‘friends to lovers’ story about Kim and her best friend and boss, Jake. Kim was formally in an abusive relationship, which left her with a deep need to be in control of her own life. She never intends to hand that control to a man again—not even her best friend.
But Jake wants to be more than friends, much more. Somehow, he needs to find a way past the barriers Kim has put up and teach her that control is a two-way thing. And that losing control can actually be a whole lot of fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Nina Croft] I love bodyguard stories and wanted to write a series based on them. But I also love strong heroines so I decided to make the stories about female bodyguards. The series is about three friends, who all work for Knight Security, and how they find love while protecting their men. It’s also about women who want to be in control of their own lives and how they balance that with falling in love with some very alpha guys.
Jake the hero of Losing Control, is the CEO of Knight Securities, and Kim is his best friend and employee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kim?
[Nina Croft] Honest, confrontational, stubborn.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jake had a theme song, what would it be?
[Nina Croft] This is hard. I don’t actually listen to music while I write – let me go put the iPod on shuffle for inspiration… I’m going with – You do Something to Me by Paul Weller, because it reflects how Jake feels about Kim.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kim is never without.
[Nina Croft] Her lock pick. Just in case…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jake’s bathroom?
[Nina Croft] Hair gel, pink towels, a shower cap.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jake’s greatest regret?
[Nina Croft] That he didn’t meet Kim before she met her horrible husband.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Nina Croft] Probably the books I read, but I also get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings. If I’m ever stuck, then I’ll often go for a walk or a ride and just let the scenery work its magic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Nina Croft] An idea, an outline and lots of coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Losing Control?
[Nina Croft] Probably my dog Grunt. He has this endearing habit of nudging me every few minutes just in case it’s time for a walk.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Nina Croft] I’m currently working my way through the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, again (just finished watching season 4 on DVD!) and absolutely loving them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Nina Croft] The earliest book I remember being excited about was, The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell, about the wild horses in Australia (lots of horsey romance!) I loved that book—I still have a copy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Nina Croft] Obviously reading. And I have a whole load of dogs so we walk a lot, and a horse so I ride most days (a good pastime for plotting.) Otherwise, I’m very fond of lying around in the sun, admiring the scenery and drinking wine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Nina Croft] Please visit my website and feel free to leave me a message, or pop over to Facebook or Twitter and say hello.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
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Entangled page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/losing-control/
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About the author:
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all sorts of romance often mixing in elements of the paranormal and science fiction.