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Interview with Nicola May…..

Nicola May

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

Hello and thanks very much for having me here on your lovely blog. I am Nicola May, I write romcom and The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is my ninth novel.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

A lot of my ideas come from real life. For example, Star Fish is a about a Piscean woman who dates each sign of the zodiac to try and find love. I don’t think I’ve had that many dates… but I did have a stint of internet dating, hence also my novel, Love me Tinder, which revolved around the dating app of the same name.

The idea for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay came to me from a picture my Dad painted.

I live near a village called Sunninghill, my dad is an artist and painted the little old shop that used to be on a corner there many years ago. It used to be a sweet shop but is long gone now. I thought back to the novel Chocolat, and suddenly thought what a great focal point for a novel, a seaside corner shop would be. On the book cover, the actual painting that my dad did, is incorporated into the illustration.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Yes, lots of my characters are based on people I know. In different forms, if that makes sense. For example, in Star Fish, Ruby, my heroine has a friend called Fi, who is the spitting image of a friend of mine Sarah, but I have made her an Irish character. All my heroine’s have a little piece of me in them. And, some of my not so nice characters are also based on people I’ve encountered along the way.

How do you pick your characters names?

I give my main characters short names as I must type them so much. These are some of the heroine’s names in my novels: Amy, Cali, Ruby, Rosa and Jess. The first names just usually come to me. With regards to last names, I tend to look at TV and film credits. I always check that the names are easy to say or read. There’s nothing worse than reading a book and you are not sure, even in your head, how to pronounce someone’s name.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I write in bed. And when a novel idea comes to me, that’s where I stay until I’ve finished! I can write for hours and hours. I get into the zone and find it easier that way as continuity is a big thing in novel writing. If I don’t write some days I have to reread the whole manuscript just to make sure I get everything right. Thank heaven for editors as when you are so close to something you do sometimes miss even obvious things.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Milly Johnson

Marian Keyes

Mary Wesley

Victoria Hislop

Patrick Gale

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

J K Rowling, I would love to ask her how she structured her novels in the first place and when she finished the first one if she realised what a massive hit she had on her hands. I would also ask her now that she is so successful, what fulfils her.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Oh yes. I used to eat Enid Blyton novels in chunks. Famous Five, Secret Seven and Mallory Towers, even Noddy; all massive favourites of mine. I had a cupboard in my bedroom full of books.

When did you start to write?

I didn’t start writing novels until I was 30. I had never had a great ambition to be an author, it sort of just happened.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

I’m not sure about a book, but at end of Titanic I’d have made room for Jack on the wooden panel Rose was left floating on

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Yes, One Day by David Nicholls, such a simple plot, but so effective in its drama. I met him once at a screen event and he is a lovely down to earth guy.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

This IS the one!

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I’d hang out with Paddington Bear and go have marmalade sandwiches on a station platform

What are you working on right now?

I’ve had such a massive response to this blog tour that I’m actually blog writing nearly every day. I also have to create five videos so working on the storyboards for them.

Do you have a new release due?

Yes! The Corner Shop in Cockleberry launched on April 9 and I’m really excited about this book as so far have had a great response.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’m self -published on this one again, so after a whirlwind on social media to get it out there, I shall probably just meet with some friends and have a glass or two of something fizzy.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I love to hear from my readers, so please look at the links below for Twitter and Facebook. I can also be mailed at

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I am just about to apply to go on The Chase!

Oooo, exciting stuff!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Nicola 🙂

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay cover


Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

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About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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