About Nhys Glover:
Did you discover Romance in the form of a ratty old copy of a Mills and Boon while on holiday at ten years of age? Did you then race home to start penning (actually pencilling) your own Romances in school exercise books when I should have been out playing? Did you have boyfriends and maybe even a husband who told you Romance was unrealistic rubbish because men weren’t like that? And, despite their jokes and eye-rolls, did you keep reading and writing so you got your Happy Ever After? If so, you must be Nhys Glover’s doppelganger, because that’s exactly how she got started as a writer.
Now that her real life has become boring (thank goodness) and she’s finally ditched ‘real’ men, she fills her time writing exciting, romantic adventures that other people seem to love to read. That's if the quarter of a million downloaded copies of her books is anything to go by. Her hope is that one day some girl picks up one of her books (when they’re over eighteen, of course, because her Romances tend to sizzle) and becomes hooked like she did, so the cycle of Romance continues into the next generation. Surely by then ‘real’ men will have learned to be more like the heroes in our rubbishy Romances. The romantic in Nhys believes it just may happen.
What inspires you to write?
Happy Ever Afters. I'm addicted to them. I write like a fiend to get to the end so I can get my fix.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get my stories two ways. The first is when I pose a question and then wait for the answer. Like when I started my New Atlantis series I asked how could it be possible to get your twenty year old body back and keep all the wisdom and experience you've gained over your life? The answer comes through and I'm racing to find out the problems that might occur and how they will be resolved.
The second way I get stories is from my dreams. This can be very annoying if I'm in the middle of a book or a series and the new story is a complete break from what I'm doing. I've literally had to stop one book to get the new one down, it can be just so obsessive.
My writing practice is simple. I don't have to be in the mood because I'm always in the mood. I sit down and start writing, and when my body is too sore to keep going I stop for the day. The next day I edit what I wrote, because the first draft is always awful, and then spend the rest of the day getting more down. I rarely know what comes next, I have a general idea about my characters and I do a lot of research along the way, especially with my historical romances, But I mostly just love watching how my characters develop and become real as the story unfolds. I've had secondary characters step up and totally hijack a book, like young Bart did in 'The Key'. He wanted the heroine and the supposed hero just couldn't compete. I love it when that happens. It keeps my books fresh.
How do you develop your characters?
My characters start in much the way real contact with people occurs. You meet them, you get a sense of what they're like from their appearance, and then you learn about them as they interact with each other and the events as they unfold. I never know what a character will say or do until they do it, and sometimes I laugh out loud when they surprise me with a funny quip or a decision that's totally unexpected. It is in those moments that they impress on me how real they are. Sometimes I think my characters are more real than the 'real' people in my life.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have had a lot of favorite authors over the years. Diana Gabaldon stands out because Jamie has to be the best hero ever written. I like smart mouthed heroines (mine never are for some reason) so AJ AAlto, and Anne Charles are great, but I also like 'nice' heroines like Colleen Helme's Shelby Nicolls. I prefer women authors to men because even in thrillers women tend to focus on people as much as the story. To me the people are why I read, the story is always secondary, the vehicle by which I get to learn more about the characters.
What genres do you write?: Romance is all its forms
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
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