Saturday, 6 October 2012

Author Showcase - Nicky Wells

Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door.  She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing.  Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters.  When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant. Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys.  In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.

 

Take it away Nicky!

 
It’s an honour and a pleasure to visit Janice’s fabulous and Scottish blog as part of my launch tour for my rock star romance, Sophie’s Turn. I’m bringing you a piece today that was inspired by a feature Janice wrote as part of her launch for Reaching for the Stars. I remember reading it and thinking ‘wow, I wish’.
 
You see, Janice wrote a fabulous piece about her love for shoes, from wellies to heels and back. Now, wellies I can do. Heels, I cannot - and neither it seems can the heroine of my novel, Sophie’s Turn!

 
This is Sophie at her engagement party to Tim, having just discovered that Rachel has been telling Tim all manner of home truths about the delectable Dan Hunter, rock star extraordinaire and Sophie’s not-quite-but-would-like-to-be boyfriend.  ‘I blundered back downstairs, racing quite unladylike in my high heels, and skidded to a halt in the lounge.’ When I was writing this scene, I was imagining Sophie clattering over polished wooden floors in her stiletto heels, ankles wobbling wildly, arms flailing, breathless, slightly red in the face, and quite unsteady. And that would be me.
See, sadly, I don’t do high heels. The first time I ever wore a pair was age thirteen, with my confirmation outfit. I was tall for my age, and I was wearing a long flouncy, formal skirt. Well, yes, it was the 1980s! Anyway, said outfit required high heels, I was informed by the women in my family, and so a pair of shiny black patent stilettos was duly acquired for me. Nobody paused to check whether I could walk in them. I couldn’t.
I reckon Sophie’s racing-and-skidding experience is partly influenced by my experience of trying to walk regally on that slippery flag-stoned church floor. It was like an ice-rink, and I had to concentrate so hard on keeping my balance that parts of the ceremony just passed me by. And the walk from the church to the restaurant… let’s not talk about that.
Of course I have been known to wear high heels of some description in my lifetime. Bless the resurgence of the block heel in the 1990s, which meant that I could wear a decent height of heel with my wedding dress! But when stylish women like Janice, or the one-and-only Carrie Bradshaw reveal glimpses into their well-heeled lifestyles - I can only hang my head in shame. Sisters, I am failing on the heel-front. But at least I’ve saved myself from broken ankles.
And Sophie…? Well, she’ll have to wear heels on a few occasions. She’s not always as clumsy as me. And the beauty of a fictional life is that I get to make her better. She’ll learn to walk tall and graciously, and maybe… just maybe… one day, I’ll give her a shoe cupboard just like Janice’s. Or Carrie’s!
 
 
Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy.  You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook.  Nicky is a featured author on the innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads.
 

15 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great post, Nicky! I can only do heels of a certain height now and look forward to mornings like today when I can wear my flat walking shoes! All the very best with Sophie's Turn - lovely cover!

Janice Horton said...

Nicky's right - I love high heels - but please don't ask me to walk very far in them!

I'm in my trainers just now and off for my walk - it's a lovely bright sunny morning in this part of Scotland today too - so, like you Rosemary, I'm going to make the most of it.

Janice xx

Melanie said...

I love high heels but walking any distance in them is brutal.

The only thing on my wee tootsies right now is a pair of wool work socks (prefer them to slippers). Raining here this morning so the only walking I'll be doing for a while will be indoors.

Best wishes with Sophie's Turn, Nicky! Hopefully, she'll soon master the heels - you, too, for that matter.



Nicky Wells said...

Thank you so much, Janice, for hosting me on your wonderful purple Scottish blog today, it's absolutely amazing to be here. x

Ladies, I am so glad I am not the only one struggling in those high heels although it sounds as though most of you dare to venture out in them at least...

Thank you for visiting me here today and for your good wishes, Rosemary and Melanie, it's lovely that you could stop by. Rock on, and hope you enjoyed your respective walks/rainy day activities! :-)

Linn B Halton said...

Well, when I wear high heels the best part is when I take them off! Are we women vain or what? I'd like to see a man going through what we go through just to set an outfit off ha! ha! So I can understand exactly where you are coming from Nicky, although I have to say vanity often wins the day! I'm picturing Janice in her trainers ... love it!

Sheryl said...

Thank God for sparkly flip flops, I say. We can do bling, girls! I have heels! Loads of lovely 'Schuh' heels, shoes you would die for. Sadly since breaking my toe, then breaking the pin they fixed it with (yes, Nicky, I have felt your imagined pain), I probably would die if I wore them. Sniffle. One day, beautiful Schuh shoes, you will released from the wardrobe! :) xx

Melanie said...

Was out and about for a while today wearing my lovely black boots with the modest 3-3 1/2" heel. I was never SO glad to take them off when I got home. Suppose tromping around on car parks and the cement floors in Costco didn't help.

We do torture ourselves to complete an outfit. And for what? Swollen ankles, foot cramps, and pains in our heels... yet I still do it every day. Perhaps because I'm short?

Janice Horton said...

Whether it's sparkly flip flops or high heels - I do love 'em - and probably because, like you Melanie, I'm a bit on the short side. At 5' 2" I like to 'adjust' my height to suit the occasion!

Janice xx

Janice Horton said...

Whether it's sparkly flip flops or high heels - I do love 'em - and probably because, like you Melanie, I'm a bit on the short side. At 5' 2" I like to 'adjust' my height to suit the occasion!

Janice xx

Nicky Wells said...

Ha! Sparkly flip flops... that reminds me! Wedding day, right? I mentioned buying clunky heels to go with my dress, and they were fab. However! Knowing that I would suffer half way through the day, I also bought a pair of white sparkly flipflops. Bridal flipflops, I called them, and they came out for the evening do which meant... I could dance the night away!!!

Thank you for visiting, Sheryl and Linn and Melanie (again). I seem to have struck a note... So glad I'm not alone. Rock on!

Kit Domino said...

Love high heels, high heels don't love me. Now I settle for sparkly fitflops (no not a typo!) Great post, ladies

Joanna (Lazuli Portals) said...

LOL! What a fun topic to blog about!

I can't do high heels, either. My wedding shoes were flat! I can do low-heeled courts, but those shoes that scream glamour, elegance and expensive? Er, no......

Nicky Wells said...

Ha, Kit, fitflops--I know of them! I haven't got a pair myself but have often considered getting one. Thanks for your comment!

Hey, Jo--nice to see you here! D'you know, court shoes and me, we have a really bad relationship. I just flop out of them when I walk, and then I stumble trip my way along. It seems I am a difficult shoe person, LOL! Thanks for visiting and commenting today. Still my chief groupie: rock on! xx

wordsfromanneli said...

Nicky, I loved your book, Sophie's Turn. And I don't wear high heels either, so I could relate to Sophie.

Nicky Wells said...

Anneli, you've made my day. Thank you!!!!