Friday, 21 August 2015

Author Interview - Nigel May

Hello folks, I am very excited today as I have a wonderful post for you. I was lucky enough to get to ask the wonderful Nigel May a few questions about him and his books. This is a wonderful interview with some wonderful answers, so read on and enjoy.

Firstly Nigel, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am thrilled you could join me.
It is my absolute pleasure, you have a great site and I’m very happy to be here.

Firstly I would love for you to tell me a bit about your new book ‘Scandalous Lies’, and the inspiration behind the story.
It’s a glossy blockbuster full of exciting action. The story starts with the mysterious disappearance of two UK celebrity dancers, Mitzi Bidgood and Foster Hampton, as they travel across America. Investigations are made but no clues are found and it looks like they could be forgotten. But Mitzi’s best friend, UK TV weathergirl, Georgia Bellamy, is determined to uncover the truth and heads off on an adventure to try and find out exactly what is behind the disappearance. There is a whole host of characters that become embroiled in the storyline including reality TV stars, Hollywood actresses, mad scientists and thrill-seeking Russians. It’s quite a ride.

It’s clear that you love a bit of celebrity scandal, is that where you get your ideas?
I am a huge celebrity whore – I read nearly all of the gossip magazines and could quite happily spend my day with my nose buried in Heat, new!, Closer and Reveal. I used to work as a celebrity journalist in London interviewing pop stars and people from the TV and movies and I adored it. Britney one day, Jon Bon Jovi the next. It was awesome. I love grilling people as nine times out of ten they are really interesting. 
Do you have a typical writing day or do you write whenever you get a free moment? Tell me about your process.
I tend to start writing early in the morning – around 6am (I am a hideously early riser) and then keep going until my mojo starts to wilt. This can often coincide with Loose Women or Judge Rinder being on as I love them! And I daren’t turn the TV on during Jeremy Kyle or This Morning otherwise I am gone! I have every intention of writing and suddenly I’m engrossed with fashion faux-pas’s on This Morning or somebody sleeping with their step-mother on Jeremy Kyle. 
Can you tell me about your journey to publication? You started self-publishing originally didn’t you before signing with Bookouture? How did that all happen?
I self-published Trinity and Addicted as to be honest I wasn’t getting signed by any publishers. I have always believed in my books and thought that I could write a good story so it felt wrong to just have them sitting on my PC not really doing anything. I had received great feedback from some major players in the publishing world but a deal remained elusive. I had covers designed and decided to publish them, one in 2013, one in 2014. They both did incredibly well and continue to do so now which makes me very happy. I think their success got me noticed by the fabulous Bookouture who signed me to a four book deal earlier in 2015. They repackaged Trinity and Addicted giving them a sexy overhaul and then we worked together on Scandalous Lies. The next one is coming soon…watch this space! 
You seem to have a wonderful support system in your publishers. What is it like to work with the team at Bookouture?
Two words: THE and BEST! They are awesome. I feel thrilled to be part of their fold of authors. The kudos of people within Book Outure is brilliant. Both in the people who have put the company together and also the quality of their authors. To sit alongside some of my favourite story-tellers like Victoria Fox and Anna-Lou Weatherley is a total honour. 
I heard you are working on a novel set in the 80’s, is this true? Please say yes!
Who’s been talking!! Yes, that is true. It’s a glam thriller with my bonkbuster edge of course and it is indeed set in the 1980s. I wanted to go back to an era before mobile phones, emails, Twitter, Facebook and the like. I love them all but the 80s was such a great time with fabulous fashions, music and characters that I wanted to pay homage to that. Of course the lead characters are strong females as they are my favourite to write. It should be with you in 2016. So get your leg-warmers and shoulder pads at the ready! 
What do your family and loved ones think of your success?
Sadly my parents aren’t alive any more, but my sister Deborah is very proud of me and my partner, Al, is hugely supportive. Glam fiction is not really his bag – he prefers sci-fi or wizards and warlocks – but he does read all of my books and he has to live the months of me running glam and salacious storylines by him when I’m writing a novel. 
So what’s next in the pipeline for Nigel May?
Well ‘the 80s novel’ is being worked on, and I must finish a comedy murder mystery novel I started writing about a ‘European’ Song Contest (another favourite subject of mine). When they are finished I shall definitely be starting on a new blockbuster again. I love writing them and I have a few ideas ricocheting around my brain about characters and plotlines already. Maybe I should have a character called Daniel…do I make him a goodie or a rogue? 
The fun stuff 
What is your favourite TV show right now?
I am obsessed with Devious Maids on TLC. It is my ultimate guilty pleasure. Such clever writing. It’s by the same people who wrote Desperate Housewives and if I could have three wishes right now one of them would be to somehow manoeuvre my books in front of the people at Cherry/Wind Productions in America who make the show. I could so see Scandalous Lies, Addicted or Trinity on the TV. Other TV shows I am currently giddy about include Wentworth, Next Top Model, Empire and American Horror Story.
Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
I always try to picture some of my characters as celebrities in my mind when I am writing as it gives me more of a grip on their looks/style/features etc. I think Jason Statham is the ultimate man’s man action hero – he’s as fit as a flea, a bit of sexy rough and the ladies love it. He has that machismo charm. I think Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper and Zac Efron are all incredibly good looking too. On the ladies front, I do have a huge soft spot for Gwen Stefani, she just exudes style and glamour. I love old-school glamour though too, people like Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham. 80s divas – they inspire me to write characters like Nova Chevalier in Scandalous Lies, Montana Phoenix in Trinity and Portia Safari in Addicted. 
Who are your favourite authors?
I love Agatha Christie, the queen of mystery! And Shirley Conran and Jackie Collins….Goddesses! 
I know you love to travel. What is your favourite holiday destination?
I loved India which is why it pops up in Scandalous Lies. I loved Brazil too. I went to a place called Iguaca Falls which is on the Brazil/Argentina border. Amazing waterfalls and scenery. I wrote a short story based there for the Sunlounger beach read anthology. I love travelling.

What is your favourite celebrity scandal from the past 12 months?
Well, I am watching the Gwen Stefani/Gavin Rossdale split with interest and I do seem to find myself reading about Zayn Ex-One Direction and his split from Little Mix Perrie maybe a little bit more than I should. And ‘Marchelle’ (Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan) or a Kardashian are always great value to read about aren’t they? And I loved the mystery of Beyonce, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s sister, Solange, in that lift when Solange started apparently freaking out. What the heck….?

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Nigel. You’re a superstar.
My total joy! Thank you for your support and enjoy the Scandal! N x 

Nigel May has been described as "the UK's male Jackie Collins" and is an author, TV host and journalist. His three fiction novels have all been published by Bookouture.

His first glam fiction novel was TRINITY, an action-packed blockbuster (or bonkbuster) about the lives of the rich and famous. Glamour, beauty, fame and celebrity mix with murder, intrigue and danger to create an explosive novel which gained incredible reviews and fans across the globe. His follow-up was the glitz-meets-grit whodunit ADDICTED which was also a huge success and once again dived into the diamond-dipped world of the mega-rich but showed that all of the money and fame in the world do not always make for a happy ending. His third novel SCANDALOUS LIES is steeped in secrets, sin, sex and scandal and takes readers around the world as a mysterious celebrity disappearance is investigated. His books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a 'bonkbuster world' that has always been a strongly female domain. 

To buy Nigels AMAZING books click HERE