Nicole Castro 1 Nicole Castro 2

*How long does it take you to write a book? That’s definitely a loaded question. My first full-length novel, Stone and Glass, took a decade. One of my novellas, The Appleton House, took a month or so. It really depends on how much free time I have and how inspired I am. I do not outline, so the story is a mystery to me until the characters tell me what to do.

*What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I have a fun time job as a Quality Analyst for computer applications. I wish I could write full time, but for now, it’s just in my free time.

*Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? It usually comes from a picture of a celebrity or a street name. A picture of Scott Eastwood on a sailboat was the inspiration for my new release, The Stolen House. Sometimes I take real life situations and bake them into my stories. I build the story around the character I have in mind, not the other way around. Also, a few of my stories take place around the metro Detroit area since that is from where I am.

*How much of your books are realistic? I’d say quite a lot! From people that know me, they see me in most of my characters and I always put bits of myself in every story. For example, Carter from The Disintegrated House has a tattoo for the band Conditions; Brynn from A Precise Moment hates Merlot wine; Talie from Winner’s Curse loves astronomy. These are 100% my characteristics!

*What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Dialogue. My voice is very modern day and real. I swear- probably more so since I like to write from the male perspective. Ashe from The Appleton House is a pretty good example of this. I try not to use fancy purple prose of things no one would ever really say. I find that quite annoying, actually- when you know something is a complete line.

*What are your current projects? I released the third novella of the House collection earlier this month called The Stolen House. Right now, I am finishing my third full-length historical romance called Final Flame. It should be out in the fall. Also on my radar is the fourth in the House collection, The Sunset House. I love to have characters my readers already know show up in other stories. You’ll see this quite a bit in the House collection novellas!

*If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? Editor. The job I have actually suits me well since I “edit” computer applications to make sure they work the way intended.

I’m in love with my sports car. What’s your favorite car? 1968 Pontiac GTO. Preferably red and a convertible. If someone wanted to give me a Cadillac CTS-V, I would be ok with that as well. Although with 550+ horses, I would need bail money too!

BOOKS:

Stone and Glass – Historical romance novel

The Duchess’ Ring – Historical romance novel

Winner’s Curse – Contemporary romance novella

A Precise Moment – Contemporary romance novella

The Appleton House (House collection book #1) – Contemporary romance novella

The Disintegrated House ( House collection book #2) – Contemporary romance novella

The Stolen House (House collection book #3) – Contemporary romance novella

The Arcturus Key – Children’s short story

 

LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EKND9B0

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authornicolecastro114

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7212247.Nicole_Castro

Twitter: 000_nico_000 (Note: This is a personal and sometimes BLUNT Twitter account! NOT just advertising.)

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