Author interview ~ Kirsty Nicolle

Wow! Each page was unexpected and brilliantly written, Kirsty Nicolle deserves her 5 stars.

The Kiss That Saved Me follows straight on from The Kiss That Killed Me.

Callie and Orion are both dealing with the trauma from the first book. Orion has the responsibility of becoming crowned ruler thrust upon him. Callie feels stifled and over protected, becoming desperate to discover who she really is.

This isn’t like book one; Its not all flowers and rainbows but true grit and determination.
I loved the darker tone, with the right amount of action and suspense. Kirsty has nailed Callie’s emotions and inner voice. I grew to love Callie in this book, through her self discovery and experiences.
Kirsty tantalised me with lust over love. She brings in some great new characters and injects this book with spice and wit.

This book provides a fantastical underwater world of magic and romance. If you love that combination then this book is perfect for you.

Mermaid beach sand sea
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Welcome Kirsty, Me and your fan’s would love to know a little more about you. Thank you for participating.

What drove you to write fantasy?

I don’t really know. When I was a child I loved fantasy, and as I’ve grown up that love has stayed with me. I feel like fantasy can take the domestic and make us see things from another point of view through the fantastical. I feel like it’s a kind of escapism you just can’t get from other genres. I also feel like fantasy is a challenge (and I love a challenge) more so than other genres because of the world building involved. That’s my favourite part of the process for sure.

Who are your favourite authors? And what genre do you enjoy reading the most?

I love William Golding, Harper Lee, C.S Lewis and a lot of other classical literary fiction writers like Angela Carter, Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie etc. I went to university to study a broad range of literary fiction and I love the kind of layers you get to peel back when you get into this type of work.

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

The first story I ever read that I remember having an impact was The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe. I cried when Aslan died, and I was at school when this happened. I was teased about this for weeks afterwards, but I don’t regret it for one second.

How did you come up with the idea to write about Mermaids and Psirens?

This is a question I’m asked frequently and to be honest I had the idea for the first few chapters of the first book before I even realised that’s where it was heading. Once I had the buzzword ‘mermaid’ wander through my brain, that was it, everything completely exploded and I realised that it was something I was really excited about.

girl underwater
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Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Both. Being a writer is a gift because you’re building whole world and giving it to your readers, but it’s also a curse because it comes with crippling self doubt, an observation of the world you sometimes wish you didn’t have and an inability to just walk away from a story. There are good sides and bad sides to most things, but this kind of duality is definitely more apparent in the mind of a writer.

Where do you write? Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

I ALWAYS type with sherbert lemons at hand. It’s a weird habit and if you ask my partner he’ll tell you it’s annoying because of all the wrappers littering my desk. I write predominantly in my study, however, I am also always carrying notepads and my laptop with me to coffee shops and waiting rooms, if I have a spare sec I’ll draft or brainstorm.

Do you have any romantic plans in the future for Azure?

This is an interesting question. The answer is YES. However, Azure’s character ARC is HUGE! It even extends far beyond the end of The Tidal Kiss Trilogy, this is predominantly because for me in the trilogy Azure’s most important relationship is with herself. It’s about her deciding whether or not she can live with her inner darkness, live with herself and live with the fact that Starlet is gone. There will be a Novella called VEXED being released in the foreseeable future that will explore Azure’s romantic future as well as giving her closure on her past with Arabella, so don’t fret, her story will have an ending beyond The Kiss That Changed Me.

water mermaid sunset beach
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Which character from your novel, do you most identify with?

When I first began writing this series I always used to say Callie, however as I’ve moved on I’m finding that Azure is someone who I’ve got quite a bit in common with, as well as finding common ground with characters like Orion and even Starlet to some extent as well.

Out of the world you have created, where would you most like to spend the day and why?

With the books that are currently out now I’d really like to visit the Occulta Mirum and watch a game of Hydra Ball. However, there are several other foreign locations that I want to visit in book 3, which is why I’ve chosen those settings in particular. Look out for Castella Aragon, because that’s on my bucket list!

      Did you find any specific challenges in writing The Tidal Kiss series and what would you do different next time?

If I could do one thing differently it would be having a little more Solustus in book one I think, I’d also like to elaborate on Atlas because he is taken from us so soon and there’s a lot that isn’t said, however this might make a nice little Novella for the future.

      If you were the vessel, Which power would you like to try out?

I’d love to be able to talk to animals. That would be badass.

Mermaid girl water
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      Give us an interesting fun fact about The Kiss That Saved Me.

Interestingly enough, not ONE but TWO Pieces of Eight (which Atlas has spent centuries trying to track down) are lying right under the noses of the characters to which they truly belong throughout the novel. It’s something subtle that I added, but once you read book three you’d be amazed at how far back into the trilogy these little appearances are woven.

Were there any scenes that you found particularly challenging to write and why?

There was only one scene that I REALLY struggled with and that was chapter 5 of book 2, it was so hard to get into Solustus’ head-space as well as including all the back-story about his human life. He’s got a lot of issues which I can’t really relate to naturally. However, once I got his narrative voice right I wrote the entire chapter in one go after 6 weeks of trying to figure him out.

What got left out of the final draft?

Unusually enough, NOTHING. Not many people know this, but the first draft of book 2 ended up being the final draft. The only things that got changed in the first draft were typos and grammar. This book went from my head to the page and to published with very few changes, completely the opposite of book one.

Were there alternative endings you considered?

Yes. Originally it was Azure and not Starlet who was going to die. However, after looking at Azure’s story and character development, it became apparent that she needed to be kept in the plot. Originally, Starlet was going to survive but become dark can you believe? It just shows you how completely wrong I get it sometimes!

girl underwater mermaid
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What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

Right now I’ve got several projects sort of floating about, but the one I’m mainly focused on is Book 3 of the tidal kiss trilogy. The other projects I’m sort of looking at are Vexed (a tidal kiss novella), Waiting for Gideon (A tidal kiss short) and The Opal Blade which is the first novel in the second trilogy (The Ashen Touch Trilogy) in the Queens Of Fantasy saga (Of which The Tidal Kiss Trilogy is Trilogy one)










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8 thoughts on “Author interview ~ Kirsty Nicolle

  1. Interesting interview! Didn’t realize she was only 22!!! She DOES need to update her Amazon Arthur Page to add book two! 🙂

    Your interview made me want to read it, the reviews convinced me to try a sample…. now time to add it to my TBR list.

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