I first met Nell Dixon at the 2012 Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference, where I attended her self-editing workshop and wrote up the session for the RNA magazine Romance Matters. I still refer to these notes whenever I am revising a manuscript today, so thank you, Nell!
Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country in the UK. Married to the same man for over thirty years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. She is allergic to adhesives, apples, tinsel and housework. Her addictions of choice are coffee and reality TV. She was winner of The Romance Prize in 2007 with her book Marrying Max, and winner of Love Story of the Year 2010 with her book, Animal Instincts.
I asked Nell some questions:-
I know that you have an extremely busy life, tell us a little about this and when and where you write.
I do lead quite a hectic life. I work full time as assistant matron at a home specialising in end of life dementia care. I have three daughters, a dog and my husband works shifts and has a long standing health condition. I also run a small press house which helps publicise authors and mentors aspiring writers so my actual free time is a bit limited. I write whenever and wherever I get the chance.
How is the heroine of your new book Looking for Juliet like you?
Juliet, the heroine is like me in that she is a nurse and, like her, I used to work at a busy GP practice in a small rural village so I know how the relationships work within a surgery and the kind of work that goes on there. It’s not the easy job that people may think it is.
How do you decide the names of your characters?
My characters come named in my head so that isn’t hard. Charlie, Juliet’s son in the story is one of my favourite characters. My critique partner at the time has a small son now, also called Charlie, and the earliest incarnation of the book was titled Charlie Darling.
If you had to choose a cast for the film of your book, which actors would take the leading roles?
Casting the book is hard because I don’t watch TV or films so I could fall over someone famous and not have a clue who they are. Juliet could be played by the actress who plays Poldark’s wife, Demelza, Elinor Tomlinson as they have the same colouring and spirit. As for Neil, I’m really not sure who could play him. I’ll have to leave that to the reader to imagine someone.
Thank you, Nell and good luck with sales for Looking for Juliet.
‘More than her heart is in danger’
Looking for Juliet is the latest release from multi-award winning, best-selling novelist Nell Dixon.
Dr. Neil Forrest’s introduction to Juliet, his new practice nurse got off to a fiery start in more ways than one. Juliet, and her small son, Charlie are hiding out from something or someone, but who and why?
Neil quickly realizes that he has to leave his own past behind if he is to be there when it counts for Juliet, and for Charlie.
Looking for Juliet is published by Clean Reads.
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