I am very pleased to welcome on the blog today, the very lovely Nell Dixon. After spotting a post on Facebook from Nell, asking for reviewers to read her latest novel, Radio Gaga, I messaged her straight away. I loved the sound of the book from the blurb and was eager to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed. It is a fantastic read – funny, emotional, great storyline and vivid characters. You can read my full review on Amazon, here.
And here is the blurb that grabbed my attention:
Over the airwaves everyone can hear you scream!
Radio researcher and part-time presenter Chloe Lark is certain her big showbiz break is just around the corner. Live it Up radio may not be the big time, but surely – one day soon – fame will come her way. And, if she could convince the hunky guy next door to give her a chance, her love life might improve too.
Ex-soldier Ben isn’t sure if his new ‘Z’ list celebrity neighbour is crazy or on medication. Either way he’s looking for a quiet life out of the spotlight. The last thing he needs is an accident prone media hungry blonde complete with mystery stalker. Problem is – Chloe doesn’t seem to have received that particular memo…
Seeing as I enjoyed it so much, it would’ve been a crime to not have Nell on the blog telling us about the book, amongst other things. We were delighted when Nell accepted. Here’s what she had to say…
Welcome to Romaniac HQ, Nell, how are you today?
I’m good, thank you so much for inviting me!
You are more than welcome. Celia has been baking again so please help yourself to some cake and tell us a little about your latest novel, Radio Gaga.
Yum, cake! I’m supposed to be eating healthily but I’m sure one bite won’t hurt. Radio Gaga is Chloe’s story – she’s a radio researcher and part time presenter who longs to be good at something. The only thing she feels she is good at is being famous so that’s what she wants to be. Except, of course, life never quite works out as she planned it.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Did you have to abseil and handle snakes as research?
I skipped the abseiling as I am petrified of heights. I once got stuck on an army assault course rope bridge thing and had to be rescued by two soldiers. I have handled snakes though and I did consult zoo keepers about snakes and their habits.
Stuck on an assault course, oh no! At least there were hunky soldiers available to rescue you, though :-)
Have you always wanted to be a writer? What made you begin your writing journey?
I’ve always been a writer. I joined my first writers’ group when I was twelve and finished my first book when I was seventeen. That one will never see the light of day! Which is a good thing. I had a break when my girls were little but came back to it again after a pretty serious health scare about ten years ago.
Sorry to hear that, Nell, but great that you started writing again. How many different genres do you write?
I write chick lit, contemporary romance and romantic suspense/mystery. I also have some children’s stories which may come out later this year under another name.
Sounds exciting! Is writing your full time occupation? What is your writing routine?
I work part time for a disability charity managing a therapeutic community agriculture project which takes up a lot of my time. Writing has to fit around my family and my day job. I usually write evenings and weekends and fit in promo and the business side of writing as and when I get the chance.
When did your love of architecture begin?
I adore buildings, they fascinate me and always have done. They tell a story of the people and lives that are lived there. Cathedral and church architecture is especially interesting but I also love well designed modern buildings which fit their surroundings, like Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.
What is your favourite time in history?
I love regency. I like the realism of the Georgians. They were planners and thinkers but were also realists. This is reflected in their buildings and the plans of their gardens.
We know this is a hard question, like asking a mother which is her favourite child, but do you have a favourite book? Or a top three?
Oh, that’s mean! (We know! Cue evil laugh mwahaha!) I may need more cake! I always think my most recent book is my best, so Radio Gaga I think is my best to date but I have special fondness for Marrying Max and Animal Instincts. I think my voice and humour shows most in those as, like Radio Gaga, I wrote them to please myself.
Quick Fire Round:
· E-Book or paperback? E-book – I love my kindle.
· Tea or coffee? Coffee, tea makes me ill.
· Facebook or Twitter? Facebook – Twitter is like going to a party where you don’t know anyone.
· Up or down? Up – down is depressing.
· Shoes or boots? Shoes – my calves don’t fit boots very well. (puts down cake) (I know that feeling, I’m an ankle boot girl for that exact reason *picks up the cake that Nell put down*)
· Pen and paper or straight to computer? Computer – my handwriting is getting worse.
· Left or right-handed? Right
· Relaxing on the beach or forest excursion? Beach. Spiders can drop on you in a forest.
· And lastly, what is your guilty pleasure? I adore Made in Chelsea, Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Thank you so much for coming in and talking to us today, Nell, it’s been an absolute pleasure!
Thank you for having me :)
Radio Gaga is out on Friday 1st March and you can get your copy, here. And check out Nell’s website, here.