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Sue: Hi Nicole, thanks so much for dropping by Boys in our Books for a chat. It’s no secret that Shelley and I have been anticipating the sequel to Chance Assassin like nobody’s business and the wait has been torture! How was sitting back down to write the sequel? Did you feel much pressure or is writing a cathartic process for you?
Nicole: It’s my pleasure, Sue! Thank you for having me. Writing itself has always been very therapeutic for me and I find that if I don’t write, those around me begin to suffer from my moods pretty quickly. As for this particular book, I’ve definitely felt some pressure with the sequel but this time around it’s been the publishing process that’s cause me the most frustration. I actually had a good portion of Les Recidivists written before I was doing final edits on Chance Assassin.
Sue: Tell us, what are four words you’d use to describe Les Recidivists?
Nicole: This is a tough one, but let’s go with retirement, bloodlust, validation, and of course, love.
Sue: Ha! That sounds perfect to me.
I’ve got a pretty clear picture in my mind of what Frank and V look like, but I wonder if you’ve come across any pics that inspired you or remind you of your characters?
Nicole: The first inkling of inspiration for Frank came from Clive Owen’s character in Gosford Park. Here was someone who barely had any lines, was in the background for the majority of the movie, and yet I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him. It was several years before I even started writing, but that type of mysterious silent type just stuck with me. As for Vincent it’s a little harder to say, but I do like Andrej Pejic quite a bit.
Sue: What is one thing we don’t know about both Frank and Vincent? Go on, share something (else) that’s crazy or unexpected about them. ;)
Nicole: Frank was more upset about the cancellation of One Life to Live than Vincent was.
Sue: What are your top 5 books to read?
Nicole: I can be really indecisive when it comes to picking the next book to read, which I guess is a good thing in some respects because it’s the reason I got into writing in the first place. It does mean that a lot of my favorites are tried and true classics. I think readers could probably guess just based on references made in Chance Assassin and Les Recidivists , but Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo are huge favorites of mine, as well as The Picture of Dorian Gray. I also love Pride & Prejudice, but honestly who doesn’t?
One modern book that I can’t say enough about is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I guiltily admit that I picked it up because of the fantastic gothic cover, but I could read over and over again.
Sue: Les Recidivists is quite a departure from Chance Assassin. While Frank and V are still very present (and crazy adorable) in this story, there’s a secondary romance that stole quite a bit of the show. What were your thoughts while plotting the ARC?
Nicole: I try to just go with the flow with my writing and see what comes up, but when you think about the kind of people they are, it actually makes sense to be introduced this way. Even in real life you have mutual acquaintances and friends of friends meeting and hooking up. It’s not like online dating would be a realistic option.
Plus it amuses me to put people together who normally wouldn’t be caught dead in each other’s company. Even Frank and Vincent have very little in common when you consider the normal matchmaking qualities that people look for with a relationship, like enjoying the same type of books or music or food. At least they share an interest in extracurricular activities.
Sue: I just can’t seem to get enough of Frank and V (and now the rest of the cast)… Is it too early to say if there will be more to come?
Nicole: It’s never too early. There’s a chain of events set in motion in Les Recidivists which will affect every character directly and indirectly for years to come. Book three is already in the works, along with a spin off for someone you might not expect.
Sue: Thanks so, so much for stopping by, Nicole. It’s been a real pleasure to chat with you and I can’t wait for everyone to start reading Les Recividists.
Nicole: You’re very welcome! Thanks again.
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