Interview with Olivia Logan, Author of Urgent: One Nanny Required

Olivia Logan dropped by the virtual offices to discuss her recent release, Urgent: One Nanny Required. Please give her a warm welcome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Olivia Logan] I am strong willed and impulsive. To me ‘No’ means try harder. Life is an adventure and no opportunity should be turned down without a second look. I hate when it is too hot or too cold so Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons. Whilst I love high heels (what woman doesn’t!) I am more a bookaholic/ foodie then a clothes horse and can trawl for hours around a book shop or a deli than a clothes store. The two things that scare me the most are sharks and heights, so despite my impulsive nature the idea of sky diving/ parachuting/ bungee jumping/ swimming with sharks is a no-no!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Urgent: One Nanny Required?

[Olivia Logan] ‘Urgent: One Nanny Required’ is the story of Rania George who owns a sweetshop who one dark night spots a little boy outside alone. Not having had the best childhood growing up she empathises with him and lets him in prepared to call his parents and give them a piece of her mind only to find his single dad on the doorstep annoyed at her!

Nicholas Trenton knows what is son is like with nannies however he seems to be different with this woman. He has a shoot coming up in LA for 3 weeks and yes she seems angry at him but from the looks of her shop she could use all the financial help she can get. Why not ask her to come along and be his nanny since she clearly doesn’t think the other nannies he hired in the past up to scratch.

Question is what has Rania got to lose by saying yes?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Olivia Logan] I am very curious by nature and love to people watch and got the idea for my story just by passing an old fashioned sweet shop in London and found myself wondering about the lives of the people who worked there. That kind of started my idea for my heroine in ‘Urgent:One Nanny Required’.

The idea of a single dad was actually inspired by one of my favourite story books written by Roald Dahl ‘Danny, The Champion Of The World’. In this book Danny, our young hero lives with his dad who is loving and kind and dotes on him completely. Not exactly the same as the father in ‘Urgent’. But before I digress onto telling you the plot of that story which ends happily, as a romantic I was always left wondering about the father. Did he ever remarry? Would he ever be persuaded to remarry? Hence the idea of our hero being a single parent.

The Hollywood idea actually came from a friend of mine who works in film who always complained that none of the heroes in romances ever have ‘real’ jobs! Like a Hollywood director is a real job! But after much ear bending I decided to listen to their views and make my hero have a ‘real’ job in Hollywood and by that I mean a ‘behind the scenes’ guy as opposed to a film star.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rania?

[Olivia Logan] Resourceful, Determined, Survivor

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Nick had a theme song, what would it be?

[Olivia Logan] Mmmm that’s tricky! I’d say it would have to be Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Rania is never without.

[Olivia Logan] Her kindle as she loves to read.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nick’s bedroom?

[Olivia Logan] Male toiletries as he doesn’t have time for worrying about that stuff as a single working parent; a little black book of women’s numbers (see previous reason) ; More than 3 pairs of shoes as being practical he doesn’t see the need.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Rania’s greatest regret?

[Olivia Logan] Waiting so long to find and reconnect with her long lost father.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Olivia Logan] The first and foremost was my love of Greek and Roman myths that fuelled my passion for writing in the first place as I was saddened as a child to learn that after reading most of them I was running out so I tried to invent my own. The next was my class teacher when I was in (UK) year two who used to make up class stories with us which also made me think I could do it alone. And last but never forgotten my aunt who gave me my first romance book as a teenager(okay so I borrowed without asking) but which set me on my way to writing romance and I have never looked back since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Olivia Logan] Twinings English Breakfast tea, my laptop for obvious reasons and a window to look out of so I can daydream if I hit a writers road block.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Olivia Logan] ‘The Book Of Lost Things’ by John Connolly.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Olivia Logan] Mmmm that is a tough one as my parents encouraged me to read from an early age and I’ve loved all kinds of stories and authors. If I had to pick one book I would say ‘Under the lilacs’ but Lousia M.Alcott because of the imagery.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Olivia Logan] I would love to say sleep but alas that isn’t true. I work full time so if I’m not writing I am working and if not that then running or hanging out with friends and family.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Olivia Logan] I’m around on twitter as @olivia_logan_ or on my website where they can also email me from the ‘Contact Me’ page.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

Hollywood director Nick Trenton needs a nanny and fast. It certainly hasn’t helped that his son has run off every one he’s hired. With a big shoot coming up in LA, Nick’s running out of options. Then along comes Rania George – sweetshop owner and one of the few people his son doesn’t want to give the slip. No, she doesn’t like Nick, but he can work around that. He loves his son and will do anything to get the lovely Miss George to say yes to his plan.

Rania is used to children hanging outside her sweetshop but seeing one alone on a dark night is a first. What sort of parent would let his child wander the streets at night?

Then she meets his Hollywood director father and assumes Nick’s too self absorbed to notice his son is wandering the streets alone. She learned from an early age that anything Hollywood related was bad news. She has vowed to stay away from anything – and she means anything – Hollywood.

Not that it helps when Nick’s cute-as-a-button son captures her heart nor when she’s offered to babysit said son for a huge amount of money. Only catch is she has to fly to Hollywood and spend three weeks in the company of his devastatingly attractive father.

After all her experiences with Hollywood, is she willing to risk it?

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

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