Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
Eggnog or Mimosas? Are you old enough to drink?
Mimosas please – we call it a Bucks Fizz over here – I love them! And yeah, I’m old enough to drink.
We’re also taking pictures with Santa, did you bring a gift for him? (Maybe a new release or a pretty book cover…)
I’ve bought him a copy of my latest release, Deadly Pursuit. And I’m hoping he’ll give me a really, really nice review for Christmas
Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.
Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.
After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?
Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.
Please enter. Drinks are served by the elves in the corner.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, of course. I think because it’s in the middle of winter. I’m a sun-lover, and I sometimes find winter a little depressing (though I do love snow). So Christmas is something to look forward to.
Did you ask Santa for anything good?
Actually, the only thing I asked for this year was a copy of, WordPress for Dummies. So I’ll be spending Christmas day playing with my website! (But I am hoping that my other half won’t think that’s all I want!)
What’s your favorite place to spend the holidays?
At home. We spent a lot of years living abroad, and then a number of years travelling, so we have experienced Christmas in a lot of different places. It was fun, but I still think home is the best place to be. Which is just as well as we don’t really get to go away anymore—we have too many animals!
Do you have personal resolutions for the New Years? Anything interesting?
I’m going to hit all my deadlines—honest!
Why do you write romance?
Because I love a happy ending.
How long have you been writing for? And how would you describe your publication journey?
I first started writing when I worked as a volunteer in Africa around twenty years ago. I lived in a remote village on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zambia. We had no TV, no internet, and very few books, so I started writing a romance as a means to entertain myself. That book became my very first rejection.
After we left Africa, I put aside writing for a number of years and only took it up again when we moved to Spain, where once again I found myself without TV and Internet (luckily this has changed now.) It took me a few years before I was published, basically not only learning and improving my craft, but also understanding what I wanted to write and what best suited my style.
Are you a plotter or pantser? What is your routine?
I’m a total plotter. I’ve tried both methods and if I try and pants it, I get lost in the middle and end up having to go back and do massive rewrites. So now, I plot. I outline and I do a scene by scene breakdown. Then I write a fast first draft. I’ve found it works best for me; I can concentrate on what the characters are doing in a given scene, without worrying about the bigger picture. It also gives me time to get to know the characters before I actually start writing.
What characteristics do all your heroes/heroines have in all your stories?
I don’t think there’s one characteristic for my heroines—they really do vary a lot, though I do like a good, kick-ass heroine. But my heroes all tend to be very alpha and very gorgeous.
What writing resources do you abide by as a writer?
I wouldn’t say I abide by any particular resources, but I do love ‘how to write’ books. I tend to turn to them if I get stuck, and they usually get my brain moving again. My favorite is, Techniques of a Selling Writer, by Dwight V. Swain.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Don’t give up.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the follow up to Deadly Pursuit. It’s book 3 in the Blood Hunter series, which follows the adventures—romantic and otherwise—of the crew of the space ship, El Cazador. Book 3 will be the story of Captain Tannis, and how she falls for the most powerful man in the known Universe!
Where can readers find you?
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Nina_Croft
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000273215409
- Website: www.ninacroft.com
List other books you have out:
Bound to Night
Bound to Moonlight
Tiger of Talmare
Thank you so much for joining us at Romance Author Hotspot!
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