Last year I found an awesome blogger, Natasha is a Book Junkie and I’ve followed her religiously ever since. When she announced a book tour for a book I had my eyes on, I jumped at the chance.
I have Nikki Young, author of A Life More Complete for her book tour stop today. Please enjoy and remember to scroll for the GIVEAWAY!
Title – A Life More Complete
Author – Nikki Young
Genre – Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected release date – May 3, 2013
Can you ever really outrun your past?
Krissy Mullins, an overworked, obsessive-compulsive publicist has been giving it her best shot for the past ten years. Throwing herself into her work and devoting all her time to her teenage starlet client, Krissy finds little time for anything else. But as fate would have it, her world is turned upside down when she falls in love with laid-back California native, Ben Torres. Unfortunately, her only frame of reference on love and marriage is her parents and they weren’t exactly the poster children for a happy relationship.
As Krissy attempts to navigate the precarious world of love, acceptance, and compromise, her past comes flooding back like she never expected. An ex-boyfriend returns from a life she has tried to forget, stirring up feelings in Krissy she had thought were long gone. Pulled in opposite directions as her past and present collide, she makes a rash decision that will forever change her life.
Morning or night?
Neither! I hate to get up in the morning, I write late into the night and I love to sleep. Before I began writing, I rarely stayed up late. I can’t remember the last time I was up for the New Year. I’d stay in bed all day if it was possible.
Busy or quiet?
Quiet, most definitely. I spend my days with 25 eight-year-olds and I have two small kids of my own. It’s a rare occurrence that anything is ever quiet. I love quiet. Although I do talk a lot.
When do you do most of your writing?
I work full-time and I have two kids, so most of my writing is done in the evening. The late evening because I love TV. I watch a few hours of television, my husband goes to bed and then I write. Sometimes until two or three in the morning.
Do you have habits that get you in the mood?
I usually have music playing and I always have a never-ending bag of York peppermint patties to eat, thanks to my husband.
How did you come up with the idea for A Life More Complete?
I spend a lot of time driving to and from work, about 40 minutes each way. It’s the only time my car is quiet and after a few days alone in the car, I got bored. I started telling a story in my head that kind of just came out of nowhere. It might have been the music I was listening to at the time, but I don’t really know. A lot of my characters are loosely based on my friends.
When reading books, what’s your favorite feeling?
That depends in what mood I’m in. But generally, I enjoy books that are heavy on drama, yet I love a HEA. I go on long runs in one specific genre, only reading that genre for months. A few summers ago I read the entire Angie and Patrick series by Dennis Lehane. His books are all drama and heavy on death and violence. Very graphic but completely mezmorizing. I like books that make me feel many emotions throughout.
What feeling did you get when writing A Life More Complete?
To be honest, my feelings ran from elation to anger so many times that can’t say I had one specific feeling while I was writing. Obviously when my writing was going well, I was happy, content. But when I struggled, I’d get angry with myself, sometimes I even had to walk away for a while.
Any writing tips to share?
Walk away when you are turning out garbage. So many times I sat at my computer and wrote straight garbage over and over because I felt like I needed to finish a paragraph or a chapter. It only added to my frustration.
I love the Fast and Furious movies to the point of obsession. I have to stop what I’m doing when they are on TV and watch them. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched them. The original is by far my favorite!
Nikki Young was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she still currently lives with her husband and two boys. She is a third grade teacher and spends her days forcing her love of reading and writing onto a group of poor unsuspecting eight year olds.