About the Author
Nhys Glover is an Aussie writer who now lives and works in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of England where she draws on Bronte country to inspire her little bit hot romantic adventure stories. Her life has been as interesting and adventurous as her novels (lived on a sheep station in the outback, worked in a male medium security prison, travelled the world presenting her spiritual board game Psyche’s Key etc) but now she prefers a life not unlike the world of New Atlantis where she does her own version of time travelling using her imagination and research.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I can’t even imagine writing anything else! To me, love is the core of life. Not just romantic love, but love in all its varieties. But romantic love makes for the best stories, and it provides for fascinating insights into the human condition, because we are at our most vulnerable when we are in love, I think. So although my novels are more than girl meets boy stories, being adventures in a historical, paranormal or futuristic settings, they always explore the intimate relationship between two people. And I believe exploring that means not stopping at the bedroom door. So much about ourselves is revealed during sex, it is a waste not to utilize that opportunity to learn more about your characters. But sex is always loving in my books.
Tell us about how you write:
Because my books are often set in historical periods, I usually start by immersing myself in the time period with as much research as I can get. Then I let the characters present themselves to me, much as a stranger might – a bit at a time. I only ever have a general sense of where my story will go, because I write in the same way I read, to find out what’s going to happen next. So once I’ve become attached to a person I can’t write fast enough, trying to keep up with what is happening to them. Sometimes the people in my novels do surprising things, like hijack the plot so that a co-star gets the leading lady, and I realise when I look back through the story that I’ve already laid out that possibility without knowing it. That’s when I get a real buzz from my writing because it feels almost like a magical process that happens outside me. I am merely the observer taking notes.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. They are as real, or maybe more real to me than many of the people in my life. And they are in control of the storyline not me.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to romance writers is simple: focus on feelings. They are what make romance different to most other genres. Describe feelings, explore feelings, make feelings the heart of your piece. Don’t get all caught up in the thinking. That gets old really quickly. But every fresh emotion being felt or expressed is a way to connect to your reader. The deeper you feel, the deeper the connection will be, not only between your characters, but between your characters and your reader, or more accurately you and your reader. It is an intimate dance you perform, which must be experienced as fully as is possible on a written page.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never wanted to go mainstream because I couldn’t face the rejection, or the idea of trying to fit into someone else’s box. When ebooks started coming out, it was an easy decision to become involved in the Indie publishing boom. This way I get to decide what to write, and as long as there’s one reader out there who enjoys what I write, I’m happy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Paper books, unfortunately, are a thing of the past. I love books, the feel of them, the sensual pleasure they provide, but they are inconvenient, expensive, bad for the environment, take up a lot of space, and are not as readily available as ebooks. As soon as I got my Kindle I knew that my love affair with books was ended and my new love of ebooks would last a lifetime. I don’t think I’m unusual, and therefore the Indie revolution is here to stay. I don’t need an agent or a publicist or someone riding me to meet a deadline. I write and publish when and how I like. And I make nice money from it. It is the kind of freedom I always wanted and a lot of other writers are finding the same thing.
What genres do you write?
Time Travel Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print