Guys, please help me in welcoming the quite lovely Nicole Helm to the blog today!
- Tell readers a little about yourself.
My name is Nicole, I write down-to-earth contemporary romance and fast-paced romantic suspense. I have a slight farm obsession and sometimes farm animals make appearances in my books. I’m a baseball and fruity candy fanatic, and surrounded by boys at all times.
- Do you have a writing routine? If yes, can you share a little with us?
I actually don’t. My husband works an atypical schedule, I have one son in school, and one son just about to start preschool for a few hours a week. No day looks the same, so I just write when I can—whether it’s a quick sprint of twenty minutes when the kids are playing video games, or a full work day when my husband is off and watches the kids.
- What preparations do you make before sitting down to start a new story?
It depends, if I’m working on a new proposal, I usually just dive right in. If it’s a contracted work, then I usually have a pinterest board, soundtrack, and synopsis (that I rarely follow) at the ready.
- Plotter or panster?
I am mostly a panster, though I do have to have a general idea of where my books are going for my editors. Still, the best stories to write are the ones that surprise me, so any plotting I do is very vague.
- Authors have been asked this question countless times. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere! Which I think is a common answer, but true. A news story, a song, a beautiful house in the middle of nowhere, I always find myself thinking how would someone endure that? What kind of person would live there? And it’s from those people my stories evolve.
- Your next book is titled All I Want. Tell us a little about this story and what readers can expect.
All I Want is the third book in my Farmers’ Market Story series for Harlequin Superromance. It’s about an uptight businessman who’s world is turned upside down when his company merges and he loses his high-powered job, and the tattooed, secretive goat farmer he meets and has a one night stand with. The one night stand has unintended consequences (I bet you can guess what they are!)
Though it’s the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone, but if you’ve read All I Want or All I Am, both couples show up!
- What inspired you to write this story and what experience did you gain during its research stages?
When I first decided to write a series set at a farmers’ market, I was inspired by all the booths at my local farmers’ markets. There weren’t just farm fresh food stands, but honey stands, and dog treat stands, and goat milk soap stands—which happens to be what the heroine runs. When I decided to write a book about the hero (who appears as the not always nice brother to the hero of the first book, All I Have), I knew Charlie needed someone his exact opposite. Which naturally lent itself to goats, the milking of them, and the creative endeavor of making soap out of said milk.
- What are you currently working on and what other projects can readers expect from you in the near future?
I am currently working on the last book in a trilogy I will have coming out next year. These three books will center around an outdoor adventure company in Colorado. The Mile High Romance series will start in June. In the near future, I have the final installment of my Big Sky Cowboys series, True-Blue Cowboy Christmas, coming out next month. And then my first Harlequin Intrigue, Stone Cold Texas Ranger, coming out in January. Next year I’ll also have another series involving a farmers’ market starting with the very hot So Wrong It Must Be Right in March.
- Any advice for aspiring writers?
Write. Know yourself, your goals, and what it takes to achieve them. Write. Write more. Write something new. Don’t listen to social media. Write. Don’t be afraid of failure—because there really is no such thing in publishing—there’s only hurdles. Sometimes you’ll hit them and fall, but it’s not a failure if you get up and write more, submit more, learn more.
This couldn’t be happening…not to him!
For Charlie Wainwright, the only way to live is according to plan. But a corporate layoff and one hot night with Meg Carmichael has thrown him off course. He doesn’t know how to handle the pretty goat farmer, much less the news that they made more than conversation that night.
Suddenly Meg is pregnant, and Charlie wants to do the right thing. Meg and all she’s hiding don’t belong in his world, and his suits and ties don’t belong on a farm. But a promise to do what’s best for the baby might show them what matters most…
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Nicole Helm grew up with her nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, she gets to pursue that dream. She writes down-to-earth contemporary romance. Nicole lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She’s slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter (@nicolethelm), the St. Louis Cardinals, and someday owning a barn.
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Thank you for stopping by Nicole. It was great having you today!