Welcome back to UTC, Nalini! We are thrilled to have you again. Since your last visit with us, you’ve had a change of pace. ROCK ADDICTION is the first in a brand new Contemporary series. Can you tell us a bit more about this new series? How many books do you have planned?
ROCK ADDICTION kicks off the ROCK KISS series. This is a “pure romance” series based around a rock group – by pure romance I mean that these are relationship based books. In my paranormal books, I always have overarching outside plots, but in this series, the relationship is the plot. So in that way, it’s something very different for me.
What isn’t different is that I don’t focus only on the romantic relationship of the main characters – I love writing about families, whether born or made. And in this case, that family, for Fox, is made up of his fellow band members. For Molly, it’s her best friend, Charlotte and her sister, Thea. We get to meet all of these people, get to start knowing them.
I’ve been told RA has a sexy, angsty new adult feel, but I think Rock Courtship, the follow up novella falls firmly in the contemporary category.
The third entry in the series, which I’m writing now, doesn’t actually feature a musician hero but an ex-rugby player turned CEO (I’m kinda sneaking him into the series). You meet him in Rock Addiction, and he’s just as much fun to write as the rock stars. Again, this book will be very contemporary, but it has more humor than the previous installments.
One of the remaining books/novellas promises to be very dark and romantic, while the other entry is still taking shape in my mind.
So there’ll be different kinds of stories for readers to choose from.
Longtime fans of yours would know that you’ve written a few Contemporary Romances before some of your Paranormal Romances. Do you feel like writing those has assisted you in writing this new series? How is it different now than it was back then?
I always say every book I write teaches me more, and helps me write the next book, and that applies to both my paranormals and contemporary stories. So I don’t feel there was a divide if that makes sense – even though I may not have been publishing contemporary stories over the past few years, I was continuing to learn things I could apply to whichever book I chose to write next.
I love my early short contemporary romances, but I couldn’t have written this book back then – I feel Rock Addiction is much edgier and that comes from growing up a bit more and having the confidence to take more chances.
Tell us a bit about Zachary Fox! Your inspiration, your favorite things about him?
Fox is the lead singer of Schoolboy Choir, and an alpha hero – he knows what he wants and he goes after it. When he sees Molly and feels a tug toward her, he’s determined to pursue it. He’s also a loyal friend and a man for whom music is the air in his lungs. I love all these things about him, most especially his passion for Molly.
As for inspiration – he came out of nowhere and I just had to write his story!
You are setting part of this story closer to your home. Any fun tidbits about writing about your immediate surroundings? what kind of research did you have to do for this one?
It’s been a long time since I set anything in New Zealand, so it was really fun to have Fox and Molly play in my home country. Research was crazy easy – I know all the NZ locations very, very well. As for fun tidbits – there’s a part in the book where Molly takes Fox to a local market and he has to park his Ferrari in a race track turned parking lot. I loved being able to include that. It’s always struck me as a fun and unexpected part of the market. I always wonder if they smooth out the track afterward!
p.s. By the time this interview goes live, the website should be loaded with photos from not only the NZ locations, but from the Australian and US locations as well. (www.nalinisingh.com)
I admit I fell in love not only with Fox but with the whole band pretty quickly. You have a novella coming out next month, then what are your plans for who is next and when will that book be out?
The novella, Rock Courtship, features the Schoolboy Choir drummer and the band’s publicist. David has been in love with Thea forever, and now he’s fighting dirty to make her see that she can trust him, that he’s nothing like her cheating ex – and that he ADORES her beyond anything.
After that will come the story of Molly’s best friend Charlotte. I’m having so much fun writing this one – Charlie and her hunky, infuriating boss (the ex-rugby player) cross swords on a regular basis. This book will hopefully be out in the first quarter of next year sometime – I should have a more certain date later in the year.
Do you find yourself needing certain things around you (music, drinks, etc) while you write this series that is different from your PNR? Or is it all just sitting down and letting the muse flow?
I generally just need to get in the heads of the characters, and they’re all very opinionated, so I just have to listen!
What’s your favorite moment in the book, without giving spoilers away?
I love the ending – it’s dramatic, it’s romantic, and maybe even over the top but I love it. After all, this is an over the top kind of a book! I also like the night drive Fox and Molly take in Part II. Nothing huge happens there, but I love the togetherness of that scene, the feeling that these two are starting to figure things out.
As you know, we hosted a book boyfriend battle between your heroes last month. Were you surprised at all with how the fans voted?
Honestly, I had no idea how it was going to go! I can never decide between my heroes, so I couldn’t predict it at all. I had a great time watching the battle though! Now you need to do a heroine battle, so the women can duke it out. 🙂
Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today! We think everyone should be reading ROCK ADDICTION and can’t wait for more!
Thanks so much, Francesca!
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
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