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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Nicole Flockton, author of RESCUING DAWN.

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He helps save lives, now he wants to save hers.

Dawn Granger has loved and lost and it’s a road she’s not prepared to travel again, that is until her past turns up and has her questioning her resolve.

Andrew Holmes has sailed the globe numerous times, when he almost loses his life, he decides he needs to give something back so he returns home and trains as a paramedic. When he runs into his former sweetheart he is surprised to find an attraction he thought dead come to life. When he sees the sadness in Dawn he knows he will do anything to make her smile again.

Dawn tries to resist Andrew but their past pulls at her in ways she thought long dead. Can she trust a man who’s run out on her once before? Can she risk putting her heart on the line again? Or will it all be taken from her again.

 

Welcome, Nicole!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

Author Nicole Flockton

 

Romance Author Nicole Flockton

I’m an Australian girl living in Houston Texas with my wonderful husband and two fantastic kids. I work remotely as an Accounts Officer/Bookkeeper for the job I had in Perth, Western Australia, before we moved to Houston. I write contemporary romances either in a medical setting or the boardrooms of high powered businessmen. To relax I like to read, my TBR pile is endless now I have an e-reader. I also watch a lot of sports. I don’t have any hidden talents and you definitely don’t want me to sing to you!

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in our living room area. I have my desk set up along one wall of the room and the TV is pretty much always on behind me. I’ll sometimes move to the couch to write too.

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

Wow now that’s going to make me think. I think we may have got my desk from Ikea.  Umm well I endeavor to keep it clean but I have my work computer on one part of the desk and my new Apple Mac computer, which I do all my writing on, on the otherside of the desk. And inbetween is piles of paperwork. The picture you have is when I’d just cleaned it. One day I’ll keep it looking like that :)

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Author Nicole Flockton’s Workspace

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Well some of the important things on my are: a picture of my first two covers in a glass frame, the coffee mug I got from local Romance Writers of America chapter for my first sale of Masquerade to Crimson Romance. I’ve got a thank you card from my work for 5 years of service to them. And a card my mum made for me. There are no specific things I need on my desk to surround me while I work. I just try and sit down and write!

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4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

What I love is that it may be messy but it works for me. I’ve got a glass pen holder which is actually a Mason Jar I got from a steakhouse in Houston – it had a yummy cocktail in it.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

It’s usually a can of coke but I’m trying to drink more water – trying being the operative word here :)

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Nicole at a book signing

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Oh when I get asked this question I always cringe a little. I don’t have one specific favourite author and not one author inspired me to write. I like lots of authors – some are personal friends. As to who inspired me to write I would say it was a group of girls I met on the eharlequin.com community forum. We started a fun group write and well I decided to try my hand at writing a full length novel.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I don’t have a typical day. I often try to get into a habit but I can never seem to get it to last. I have found if I get up early I can get some words down before I have to get the kids ready for school. Although here in the States we are heading into our summer break so I’m going to try and get a routine that will work for me and that I can keep using when the kids go back to school in August.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write everyday. I just handed in a book so I spent close to six hours in one sitting finishing editing it to get it off. I do try and write every day and I’m going to try and do 15 minute blocks throughout the day. I’ve found that’s quite effective for me. As to distractions – social media is a big distraction. Also if I record some tv shows I tend to want to watch them instead of writing – they should be my reward. Other times my dog will come up and nudge me in the leg if I’ve ignored her too long. Or she’ll continually pester me to go outside so I open and the door and then she runs in the opposite direction! Sometimes I’ll even use the housework as a distraction – although if you could see my house, you’d know I don’t use that one often!

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Nicole’s pup Maya, “helping”

 

4. Why do you write?

I write because I’ve found I love to do it. Once you get that first contract and see your first book out there in the world, you’re hit by the bug. You want more covers with your name on it!

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Words of wisdom – don’t give up. Take that plunge and hit send on that submission – you never know what’s going to happen.

I quite like this quote from the movie “We Bought A Zoo” it was said by the main character Benjamin Mee. “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” That’s what you need as a writer, 20 seconds of insane courage to hit send. Or sign up for a pitch.

 

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Thanks Nicole, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

To learn more about Nicole, check out her website: http://www.nicoleflockton.com/

Find out more about her book Rescuing Dawn (Crimson Romance) by clicking on the links below:

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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27 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Nicole Flockton”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    Maya’s such a pretty dog!! My pups do the same thing if they think I’ve ignored them too long (which is pretty much all the time). They just push the keyboard our of the way and demand my attention. Good thing they’re not spoiled…

    Happy writing, Nicole!

  2. You’re so organized! My writing space is the opposite, which would probably make you crazy!

  3. Monica says:

    Great interview! I’m always insanely curious about other authors’ workspaces and had to check out this article just to see Nicole’s! Gorgeous dog, BTW.

  4. Sia McKye says:

    Catchy title Nicole!

    I don’t have a particular author that inspired me, either. Many have. It’s more the joy of storytelling and the adventures that inspires.

    Maya is beautiful. She’s still a pup, isn’t she. I love huskies and malamutes and boy, they will not let you ignore them for long. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

    • Hi Sia!

      Maya will be 4 in October so not quiet a pup, but she is on the smallish side I think for huskies.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t have an author that inspired them. I do like your take on it though. You’ve got the reason why I write.

  5. Hi MJ! Maya is very pretty but man my house is never clean because of her shedding LOL.

    My cat is another one who’ll pester me. He usually only comes down when the dog isn’t around.

    Thanks for stopping by!! Happy writing!

  6. Thank you for having me here today. I look at that picture of my desk and go *sigh* I wish it looked like that now! Means I need to clean it LOL

  7. Carol Riggs says:

    Nice to be introduced to Nicole! Fun to read how other writers set up their workspace and view their writing process (dog helper included). Thanks for this interview, Nutschell! RESCUING DAWN sounds like a very romantic read. :)

  8. Hey Nicole! That’s a great quote. And I would be distracted by your puppy all the time.

    • Hi Alex,

      I love the quote too it’s such a good one to remember. At the moment with kids home from school dog is picking up everything they leave lying around which is a big distraction having to save it from her! LOL

  9. I remember that desk from IKEA! Wet have a dining table from there we bought to stage our house and it’s still with us for years later. Interesting interview!

  10. I remember that desk from IKEA! We have a dining table from there we bought to stage our house and it’s still with us four years later. Interesting interview!

  11. Nas says:

    Thanks for sharing with us today, Nicole and congrats on your new release! Loved reading your processes!

    Thanks Nutschell!

  12. mooderino says:

    Wish i had a puppy to do my typing for me.

  13. Love the post Nicloe, love the pic of Maya – so cute! Thanks for sharing :)))

  14. Love the post Nicole, love the pic of Maya – so cute! Thanks for sharing :)))

  15. Lexa Cain says:

    I’m trying for the first time to write in the living room with the TV on (since I’m tired of closing myself off in the “office”), but I’m not sure I’ll be able to concentrate. I don’t know how you do it – but it sure seems to work for you!
    Great interview! :-)

  16. Good luck Lexa – it takes a little practice but I bet you can do it :)

  17. deniz says:

    Love Maya :-)
    And that 20 seconds of courage quote – that’s awesome!
    I’ve got to start practicing 15 minute blocks of working, myself. I can go on for hours when drafting, but editing requires motivation…
    Great interview!

    • Nicole Flockton says:

      Good luck with the editing Deniz! Sometimes we all need motivation I need it today. :)

      Thanks for stopping by

  18. It was fun reading about you and how you get things done.

    Kathy M.

  19. Woot! Fellow Houstonian!
    (My pen container is a Ball canning jar. LOL)
    Best of luck. :)

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