Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nicky Well's Author of Sophie's Turn: Interview and GIVEAWAY


Hi Georgina! Thank you for this opportunity for interview and the fabulous give-away competition. I will be really excited to see your readers' enteries. Now let's take a look at the questions......

1. What was your inspiration for Sophie's Turn?

I was watching a movie one night featuring on of my all-time favourite film stars. I dont recall exactly who it was (Mel Gibson? Pierce Brosnan?) but I muttered something along the lines of “hmmmm….if he ever proposed, how would a girl turn him down! My husband pretended to be offended… And there was the crux, the conundrum, the “what if” at the centre of Sophies Turn. It came back to haunt me in the middle of the night, and I just had to go and write it down. Then I started spinning a rudimentary tale around it… and the story evolved from there.

2. Why did you decide to self-publish Sophies Turn?

Self-publishing is a great avenue for independent authors to get their work out there and noticed. It gives you full control over when you publish, where you publish and at what price. It lets me market and publicise Sophies Turn in every which way I see fit. Whats not to like?

3. Would you ever turn Sophies Turn into a paperback novel or will it always be an e-book?

I would love to publish Sophies Turn as a paperback novel. Quite a few people have asked me for paper copies, and I can understand why. However, at this time, the cost involved in making a paper copy and shipping it anywhere but the US is so high that it is not an attractive proposition. I will revisit this issue in the future and you never know! Ill keep you posted!

4. Were any elements of Sophies Turn based on your own life experiences?

Ah… I wish! I might have hung around a dressing room or three in my time but sadlyno! Sophies experiences are all just one big fantasy, mostly! J
But answering your question more broadly… Obviously, Sophies Turn is a work of fiction and none of the characters or events in it are real. But how do I, how does any writer, come up with ideas? For me, the answer is that I draw very loosely on things that have happened to me, stories Ive heard from friends, read in the paper or seen on TV. The process of turning these nuggets into a story is not a straightforward one. I never take the real facts or names for my work, but I might draw on the essence, the idea. Very often, several ideas come together to make on episode. For example, the de-slugging incident that you enjoyed so much came about like this: I know of someone who collects old miners hats for a reason that I cant quite comprehend (thats one idea strand). My husband gets really annoyed by slugs eating our vegetables all the time (theres another idea). Slugs always seem to come out in the rain (fact, and another idea). Tim needed to do something really weird (that was a plot requirement). Throw these things in together and mix well…

5. With the band Tusk playing an important role throughout the novel, did you go to many gigs or speak with any bands during the writing of the novel?

I go to rock gigs wherever I can get to themwhich is not as often as Id like! I have met a few bands over the years and yes, that helped in writing Sophies Turn. But I was quite heavily pregnant while I was writing Sophies Turn so I didnt go to many gigs at that time. The one band I did see then was The Darkness during their Christmas Tour in 2004. They put on one of the best shows Ive ever seen and they made fantastic live music. I hasten to add that I wasnt moshing in the front row! In deference to my being five months pregnant, we had booked seats right at the top of the arena. Unfortunately, baby-in-tummy wasnt too impressed by the noise and vibration even though I wasnt even dancing! At one point I had to leave and get some quiet time because I thought baby would evacuate right there and then.

6. If you were in Sophies shoes, do you think you would have made the same decisions that she did?

Hmmm…. I was placing myself in Sophies shoes pretty much all through writing the novel, but I found she did quite a few things I wouldnt have done. For example, I dont think I would have had the courage to accompany Dan to the Royal, let alone his suite. I was glad about the decisions she made at the very end although I personally might have been inclined to do things slightly differently. I dont want to give too much away here for folks who havent read Sophies Turn yet!

7. If Sophies Turn were to be made into a movie, what would be your dream cast?

Meet: The Dream Cast for Sophies Turn


Dan the Rock Star…. Played by Ewan McGregor!

Sophie… Played by Keira Knightley!

Rachel … Played by Emma Watson!

Tim… Played by Jude Law!

8. In Sophies Turn, Sophie gets to travel all over Europe. Where is your favourite place to travel to?

I love going down to Cornwall and Devon because it is so unbelievably pretty and wild down there. In fact, I do need some seaside exposure every now and then just to get things in perspective! In terms of Sophie-style travelling, my favourite place to travel has to be Berlin. It is an amazing, vibrant city with lots to do, big open spaces, lots of water ways (amazing, given that its completely landlocked!) and its full of exciting, slightly eccentric people.

9. What books are you reading right now?

I just finished reading “Extra Virgin” by Annie Hawes. She describes her experiences of settling down as a somewhat exotic foreign (English) creature (and female, and single at that!) in 1970s Liguria in Italy. Its a fantastic, sun-drenched holiday read and always puts me in the mood for yummy Italian cooking. Now Ive started on “Sowing Secrets by Trisha Ashley. Its the first book of hers that Im reading and I havent got very far yet so I wont comment for now…

10. Do you have any plans for a second book?

Of course! Sophies story isnt finished, and Im planning the sequel right now. Sophie and Dan will feature (obviously), as will Rachel. Rachel will have a much bigger, very important role to play… and she might not always like it! I hope to finish it inside a year, allowing for resting time, editing, rewriting, proofing and publishing. Watch this space!

Thank you Georgina for these interesting questions, and good luck to everybody entering the give-away! XX

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Following my review of Nicky Wells' novel, Sophie's Turn, (Check out the review here ), earlier this month, I am delighted to announce a give-away of an e-copy of Sophie's Turn. This give-away is part of the Virtual Book Tour of debut novelist Nicky Wells’ novel Sophie’s Turn (Check out Nicky here )

 Sophie’s Turn is a charming, honest and romantic take on chick lit. The novel focuses on one women's entaglement with a rock star .... and who wouldn't want to marry their favourite star given the chance? If you love chick lit, you will adore this novel. Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a copy of this e-book.

Nicky has kindly provided one e-copy of Sophie’s Turn for one of my lucky readers. The lucky winner will get a free e-copy on their Kindle, or their Kindle Reading app for iPad, PC, Mac, iPhone or Android (Kindle Reading Apps are FREE to download from here ).

For the opportunity to win an e-copy of Nicky Well’s Sophie’s Turn, please leave me a comment telling me why you absoutely should win this novel. You must include your email address where you can be reached along with the comment.

This giveaway is open internationally.

Giveaway ends August 31st at midnight EST  

You can find Sophie's Turn on Amazon :


  1. I would absolutely love to read this novel! I love chick lit! It sounds really good! Thank you!


  2. I should win because I love reading! I especially love a good chick lit to brighten my day.



  4. I would love to read this book. So interesting.

  5. Sounds like a great book

  6. I love a good chick lit book

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  7. I would love to read this book. I am an avid reader and there is nothing better than curling up with a good book in the afternoon! Chic lit is my guilty pleasure, so I would enjoy this book very much!

  8. I would love to read this book.

  9. I would love this, but I have to read on my computer........pdf available?
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  10. I would love to experience the great story in this book. Thanks so much for sharing this contests.

  11. Love a good read, always looking for a book to take me away for just a lil while.

  12. I like the plot of this book. I would love to read it

  13. I am a librarian looking to diversify and build my "chick lit" collection. I would love to read an author unfamiliar to me!

  14. This sounds like a great book



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