It is a pleasure to warmly welcome Nicola Marsh to my blog, Mrs B’s Book Reviews for A Tea Break with Mrs B, a short form author interview series. To help celebrate the release of Second Chance Lane we sat down for a chat. Thanks Nicola!
What is your drink of choice as we sit down for a chat about your new book?
I drink herbal teas from T2. During the day, I opt for Lemongrass and Ginger or Spi Chi. At night, I love Licorice Legs.
Can you give us an overview of your writing career to date?
After being published by Mills and Boon in 2004, I ditched my physiotherapy career and focussed on writing full-time. Since then, I’ve written in various genres for different publishers, including young adult paranormal urban fantasy, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, domestic thrillers and rural romance. 70 books later, here we are.
Can you tell us what inspired the creation of your new book, Second Chance Lane?
While writing Long Way Home, the first book in the Brockenridge series, I knew certain characters would demand their own story. I wanted to explore the resilience behind Tash, the single mother, and Jane, one of the mean girls. Initially what inspired this series is my love of small towns, in particular Echuca, and the amazing roadhouses dotted throughout Europe that I got to visit 25 years ago!
How different was the experience of writing Second Chance Lane, compared to your other works?
No different. Once I’m immersed in a story I’m captivated and I can’t wait to get the words onto the page.
What are the main themes of your new novel?
Second chances, forgiveness, redemption, moving on.
Did you have an affinity with a particular character in Second Chance Lane and why?
I think we’ve all made mistakes in our past so I love how the three main characters, Tash, Kody and Jane, ultimately have to forgive themselves, so I identify with all of them.
Brockenridge is the main setting base for Second Chance Lane, can you tell us more about this location?
It’s a fictional town plucked from my imagination but loosely based on Echuca. I love the vibe of this Murray River town and have spent many family holidays there.
What is one thing that you really hope readers will take away from the experience of reading Second Chance Lane?
The warmth of being swept away in a story about second chances.
If Second Chance Lane made it to the big screen, who would you like to cast?
My go-to guy is Chris Hemsworth (both my current husband and kids know he’s my next husband!) so he’d be perfect to play rockstar Kody.
Emma Stone would be a great Tash and Blake Lively would play Jane so well.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you have a set outline of your books before you sit down to write, or do you allow your books to take shape during the writing process?
I’m a plantser! A mix of both. Before I start writing a new book, I do a rough one-sentence outline of each scene I think needs to happen. Once I start writing though, this may change and I end up adding new scenes as they come to mind. So a tiny bit of plotting at the start before pantsing it all the way.
How has your writing process been affected by COVID-19?
Considering I’ve been juggling 4 publishers for the last few years, I’ve pretty much been in isolation anyway. Not having to drive my kids to and from school has actually freed up more writing time for me so I’ve been extremely lucky to continue working from home during these tough times.
I believe October is a very hectic month for you, can you tell us what is happening?
My domestic thriller The Scandal released in bookstores throughout the USA and Canada, closely followed by Second Chance Lane in Australia and NZ the next day! Later in the month, on October 27th, my next domestic thriller My Sister’s Husband releases. It’s a dual timeline story about two sets of sisters three decades apart and the twisted things they do…early reviews have been amazing and I can’t wait to hear what readers think. Then 3 weeks after that, my multi-cultural Melbourne-set romantic comedy The Boy Toy releases. Hectic!
What book or books do you recommend that I add to my reading pile?
All of the above!
From other authors, I’ve recently read and loved Kelly Hunter’s Maggie’s Run. I love Kelly’s books and it’s been too long since I’ve read one, so I recommend!
What are you working on writing wise at present?
I’ve just signed a contract with Harper Collins Australia/Harlequin Australia for 2 more rural romances to be released in 2021/22, so I’m currently writing Summer of Serenity, set in a small coastal town in Victoria. I’m loving this story and I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it this time next year!
Thank you for the lovely tea break and chat Nicola. Congratulations on the release of your new book, Second Chance Lane.
From USA Today bestselling Australian author Nicola Marsh comes a compelling story of love, redemption and community.
When the past crashes into the future, there’s more than hearts on the line.
Natasha Trigg leads a simple life in small-town Brockenridge. She works at the roadhouse, has good friends, and at the centre of her world is her daughter, Isla. She knows dumping musician Kody Lansdowne thirteen years ago by misleading him about her pregnancy was best in the long run. She drove him away so he could achieve his dreams but has always felt guilty. When a matchmaking Isla invites a surprise new neighbour to dinner, Tash and Kody come face to face once again…
Now a bona fide rockstar, Kody’s in hiding to sort through the mess his life has become after a concert resulted in devastation. The last thing he needs is discovering he has a child. Especially as it means the one woman he’s never been able to forget is now permanently part of his life. Pity he’s so furious with her…
For Jane Jefferson, who has deliberately fooled townsfolk into believing her reputation is worse than it is for years, a second chance is something she thought she’d never get. Reconnecting with friendships she thought lost forces her to face the question: do past mistakes define you forever?
While navigating the troubled waters of forgiveness, friendship and love, will these three Brockenridge residents discover everyone deserves a second chance?
Second Chance Lane by Nicola Marsh was published on 7th October 2020 by Mira-AU. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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