Friday, 19 February 2016

My Top 10 Obsessions | Nigel May

To celebrate the launch of his new novel, the gritty and glam Deadly Obsession, Nigel May fills us in on his top 10 obsessions in life…..

1.       Travel – I adore travelling and now with the books being set in exotic and glamorous locations around the world I have the perfect opportunity to clock up as many air miles as possible. Deadly Obsession is a perfect example. Even though a lot of the action is UK-based I do have chapters set in Rio, on safari in South Africa, Italy, Paris and Barcelona. All places that I have been over the last few years so it meant that I could write from experience. My favourite place to visit was India. I adored it there. That was for Scandalous Lies

2.       Devious Maids – one of the best TV shows to have been on in years. Season 4 is being made at the moment and I can’t wait for it to air. It’s full of fun, fabulous, feisty females and is soaked in murder and intrigue. Just like my novels! I would love to have one of mine (or more) made into a TV show or mini-series. I live in hope.

3.       Grace Jones – just the most amazing singer, model and entertainer. I love everything about her. One wall of my writing office is covered in Grace’s album covers. I am reading her memoirs at the moment and they are an awe-inspiring read. 

4.       Shirley Conran’s Lace – the book is just one of the best blockbuster reads ever. I remember watching the mini-series when I was younger and just falling in love with the glamour and the deception of it all. It has everything you want in a story – family feuds, best friends, foreign travel and of course the immortal line, “which one of you b***hes is my mother?” – pure unadulterated class. 

5.       Facebook and Twitter – I am always on social media. I think I may have an addiction. I saw in the news that Facebook was 12 recently. I think I have been on it pretty much every day for those twelve years! Well, most of it anyway. And Twitter I love too. It’s very voyeuristic to see what people are doing with their lives. It’s the first thing I look at in the morning.

6.       Theatre – a lot of my free evenings are spent at theatres. I love a good murder mystery or a wonderful singalong musical. If somebody could fuse the two and make a Miss Marple with a few song and dance numbers I would be so pleased.

7.       Retro comedy – I grew up on Carry On…films and 70s comedy like Are You Being Served, Dick Emery and Man About The House. Really British and really daft. I love them. They had it all – sauciness, larger than life characters and some brilliant one-liners. If a Carry On… pops up on the TV, that’s me gripped for the next 90 minutes.

8.       Craft – I work on a TV channel dealing with craft when I am not writing and I love it. Being surrounded by glitter and shiny things all day, what’s not to like? I adore what craft can give to people. You can be really down in the dumps and making a card or a scrapbook page seems to instantly put a smile on your face. It’s therapeutic and a wonderful thing.

9.       Eurovision Song Contest – I have been obsessed with this since Abba won it back in the 70s. My dream job would be to present it. I used to pretend I did in the mirror when I was a teenager. I’d never been until 2015 but now I intend to go every year if I possibly can. I am writing a comedy book based on Eurovision which I must finish at some point! I keep becoming distracted! 

10.   RuPaul’s Drag Race – OMG – this show is just TV gold! The most famous drag star on earth, RuPaul, puts other drag queens through their paces to become the next drag superstar. It’s incredible. I love the costumes, the bitchiness of it all and of course the language used – ‘glamazon’, ‘condragulations’, ‘can I get an amen’! Fabulous!

What would you do if you saw your husband killed right in front of you … identified his body … had him cremated … then six months later received a letter written by him two days ago? 

Amy Barrowman grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. So when she falls in love with millionaire Riley Hart and he asks her to marry him she can’t believe her luck. She has found true love and her happy ever after. 

Riley Hart is a Millionaire Man about Town. Men want to be him and women want to bed him. But to achieve Riley’s status, you have to tread on a lot of toes and make a lot of enemies. 

When Riley is gunned down at the nightclub they own, Amy is determined to avenge his death. She receives a mysterious letter detailing a list of suspects including Riley’s sworn enemy, actor Grant Wilson. But with an obsessive passion brewing between her and Grant and a dangerous assassin trailing her every move it would seem Amy has opened a deadly and tempting Pandora’s Box. In settling the score for her husband has Amy put herself into terrible danger?