AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nell Dixon
Yesterday we reviewed Just Look at Me Now, the new novel by Nell Dixon. Nell has penned numerous novels including Little Black Dress books Crystal Clear and Blue Remembered Heels. We spoke to Nell about the inspiration behind Just Look At Me Now, her heroines and future projects...
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
Tia has reinvented her past but it's just about to catch up with her.
What inspired you to write Just Look at Me Now?
I've always been fascinated by the idea of identity and how we see ourselves. This tied in with the number of people I know who've been to high school reunions lately. I started to think about those kids who hated school and were really unhappy and what would happen if, as in Tia's case, they thought they'd escaped it only to be plunged back into being the person they used to be. Would they take on their old roles or would they have moved on?
Where do you do most of your writing?
I do most of my writing on my desktop in a small room just off the landing in the upstairs of my house. I'm far enough away from the family not to be constantly disturbed but around enough to know what's going on - crucial with three teenage daughters!
What is your favourite book?
This is so hard - I love books, all kinds of books and am an avid reader. I have favourite authors rather than books. I love Jane Austen, Jenny Crusie, Janet Evanovich, Liz Fielding, Jessica Hart, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Sophie Kinsella, Andre Norton and my friend, Phillipa Ashley. One of my comfort read books though that I never grow tired of, which makes me laugh and makes me cry every time I read it is Little Women.
Which part of Just Look at Me Now was the most fun to write?
I enjoyed all of it. I loved comparing modern office life to school but my favourite character was Saffy. Okay, so she's a little too fond of a drink but who wouldn't love to have a friend like her? She says what she thinks and is completely loyal to her friends.
Do you have any tips for readers who wish to become published authors?
Read widely and write a lot. Writing is hard work, it takes up a lot of time. To write a book is a long hard slog and it's even harder trying to get someone else to love it as much as you do. You need to grow a very thick skin and just keep plugging away, learning as much as you can.
Who is your favourite heroine?
Of my own heroines I love Clodagh from Animal Insticts best. She was so vulnerable but determined and worked hard to get life on her terms. Of other writers books I think Jo March from Little Women would be my favourite, spiky, independent and passionate about life, always pushing boundaries.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished Veronica Henry's the Beach Hut and Adrianna Trigianni's Queen of the Big Time. I think I have a Debbie Macomber next on my list and I'm avidly waiting for the next Jennifer Crusie book to come out - I have it preordered on Amazon.
Are you working on anything else at the moment, and if so can you tell us?
I recently finished a project which has a working title of Me, You and Him. It's got a slightly paranormal twist in it as it has a ghost. I love it and so does my agent but wether anyone else will, I honestly don't know. As soon as I hear anything I'll post the news on my website and my blog. Some of my out of print Moonlit Romance Novella's have been taken up by Audiolark - a Canadian audiobook company which is quite exciting, The Cinderella Substitute is out already and look out for Be My hero which is coming later this year. That's been great fun to do and hopefully will give readers a chance to hear some of my earlier books.