I’m an enormous fan of the publisher Bookouture and so it gives me enormous pleasure to be helping celebrate one of their latest releases, Lovers and Liars by Nigel May. Lovers and Liars was published in paperback on 16th June 2016 and is available for purchase here. It is also available as an e-book.
Nigel has kindly agreed to be interviewed for Linda’s Book Bag and you can read that interview below.
Lovers and Liars
Welcome to the Velvet Hotel Barbados where money and sex go hand in hand with murder ….
When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame…
Sutton: Sheridan’s long-suffering wife was permanently pushed aside for his younger lovers. Was it time for her to make a stand?
Kassidy: Sheridan’s assistant longs to be wealthy in her own right. Employed for her sexual and organisational skills, could she have had her eyes on a bigger prize?
Nikki: Sheridan’s oldest daughter has done something really bad that her dad has discovered. What price will she pay to keep his silence?
Heather: The apple of her father, Sheridan’s eye. But she’s recently been widowed due to a terrible accident Sheridan was responsible for. Is the time ripe for revenge?
Four women, each with a cross to bear – all waiting for the perfect moment to exact their revenge …
This summer, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and escape with the elite to the golden beaches of Barbados for a sexy, scandalous romp that you won’t be able to put down.
An Interview with Nigel May
Hi Nigel. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing and your latest book Lovers and Liars.
You are very welcome – it’s great to be here. Thank you for having me.
Firstly, please could you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m name is Nigel Peter May, I’m 47 years of age and I write spicy crime books full of intrigue, drama, beauty, glamour, celebrity, travel, murder and revenge. With a lovely dose of naughtiness thrown in for good thrilling measure. I’m Scorpio and proud of it so I like things with added spice and intrigue.
You’ve been described as the UK’s male Jackie Collins. What’s your reaction to that title?
A total honour as Jackie Collins is my favourite authoress of all time. I have read her books ever since I was a teenager. She always had such a magical way of creating page-turning novels with thrills and spills on every page, and that’s what I try to do with mine. I met her shortly before her sad death and she asked for copies of my books which was just incredible. Nobody writes a Jackie Collins novel like Jackie as they were unique in my opinion but if people want to compare me to her then there is no greater accolade as far as I am concerned.
(That must have been an amazing meeting and so thrilling to have her ask for your work.)
When did you first realise you were going to be a writer?
I was a showbiz journalist for many years working for magazines and newspapers and adored interviewing stars about their lives and immersing myself in their glamorous worlds. I worked in London for nearly two decades interviewing all sorts of fabulous people. Then I made the move into TV hosting (which is my other job) and I kind of stopped writing for a while. I reached the stage where I was really missing it so I decided to start writing my first book, Trinity, on my days off from the TV. I count myself very lucky that here I am now with my fifth book Lovers And Liars. It’s been an amazing journey.
What drew you to writing the sexy fiction you write?
Because I believe people love to escape the normalities of life and dive into a world of incredible riches and decadence, yet meet characters who are as flawed as the rest of us, riddled with their insecurities and vulnerabilities. I have always been fascinated with stories from authors like Jackie Collins, Jacqueline Susann and Shirley Conran so for me, when I started writing, it seemed natural that I write in that genre. It’s what I love. And it gives me, and hopefully every reader of my novels, a chance to unwind and delve into places, parties and positions that we would never normally find ourselves in. Who doesn’t love a riotous, diamond-dipped drama?
(Good question – diamonds are my Aries birthstone!)
Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
Starting a book is always hard as the opening chapter is so essential. It needs to grab everyone into the story and make people think that they really want to keep turning every page to see what happens next. I always try to create characters that people love, or love to hate, and I think finding that fine line between a character being a lovable rogue and somebody that readers are indifferent about can be tricky. I hope that everyone believes in the characters that I write, especially the lovers and the liars, the divas and the devils in my latest novel.
What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
I arise early and try to be at my computer at ridiculous o’clock in the morning. It’s the time when I feel that most of my ideas are flowing. I’m a scribbler so all of my storylines and ideas and plotlines will be written longhand into a pad before I even start on the computer. Then I refer to them as I start writing. Things change as I go along and I never plot anything out completely as I love to be open to change. I have altered murderers and victims and lovers before as a result of a new plot twist springing into my head. I think it’s so important to not become too bogged down with thinking that a story has to be a certain way. I want my stories to be enjoyable, dramatic and believable and sometimes that means straying from the original path that I was following.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?
I read every day, normally when I’m climbing into bed at night. I think I am like many bloggers out there and have a pile of books to be read always waiting to go. I read both from my Kindle and with paperbacks so I have a huge back catalogue to plough through. I love a good mystery and adore a whodunit. I do love glamour as well though and anything obsessed with celebrities and scandal.
(I know exactly what you mean about that huge pile of books waiting to be read!)
What is it like being a Bookouture author?
In a word, fabulous. They have managed to give my books a wonderful boost that maybe I would never have had if I had carried on self-publishing. They have given my novels a glossy look with covers that always fit the story within perfectly. Plus they have shared their guidance and expertise with me all the way along. Being a writer can be a lonely and incredibly difficult thing at times (although I wouldn’t change it for the world) and to have somebody at the end of the phone or via Skype that can pick you up and keep your mojo flowing because they believe in you is a wonderful thing.
How do you research the exotic locations for your books?
I try to visit as many places as I can so that I can write with authenticity about them. It’s hard to visit everywhere as obviously my novels clock up a lot of air miles and take the reader around the world. But I will always try to make it there. In Lovers And Liars a lot of the action takes place in Barbados which is a place that I visited with friends for the first time in 2015. As soon as I went there I knew I had to set a novel in paradise and I soaked up as much of the atmosphere as I could to give the novel a truly tropical feel. Toronto and Crete are both featured heavily in Lovers And Liars too and I made sure that I visited them both so that I could really gain a feel for what is what was like there. When I start plotting novels I quite often think ‘ooh where would I like to visit’ and then decide to set some of the novel there accordingly. My passport is constantly on the go!
Your books always have very glamorous covers. Was that a deliberate choice from the very beginning or did they evolve naturally?
My first two covers, when I self-published Trinity and Addicted, were designed by a great friend of mine and I loved them, but when Bookouture took me on they wanted to rebrand the books with new covers and I have to say, they have done an incredible job. The covers are sexy and glamorous and intriguing and immediately give the reader the feel that something luxurious and fabulous will be happening from cover to cover. I love the pink on the new book, it’s a quite a departure from my traditional blue and I think gives the book a really exotic and fresh feel.
If you could choose to be a character from Lovers and Liars, who would you be and why?
I adore Blair Lonergan, the DJ. He first popped up in Deadly Obsession in a minor role but in Lovers And Liars he’s definitely one of my main men. He’s young, fit, a huge hit in the bedroom department and also has a kind and loving heart which we really get to see in the latest book. Naturally I am nothing like him (apart from the heart!), but I do love him as a character. I adore Sutton as well as she is such a strong-minded family woman, who puts her brood before anything, yet she still doubts herself. As I am sure everybody does.
If Lovers and Liars became a film, who would you like to play Sutton, Heather, Nikki and Kassidy?
Great question. I think Sutton should be played by Taraji P Henson who plays Cookie in Empire. A really wonderful actress who shows both weakness and strength in all that she does. Or perhaps Angela Bassett as she is amazing too. Heather and Nikki could be played by Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé. And Kassidy would be somebody like Emilie De Ravin who is an incredible actress.
Nigel, thanks so much for answering all my questions so fully. I really enjoyed having you on Linda’s Book Bag.
About Nigel May
Nigel’s books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a ‘glam fiction bonkbuster world’ that has always been a strongly female domain.
Nigel was also the only male writer amongst 44 authors featured in the chart-topping, beach-read anthology of short-stories SUNLOUNGER. He also contributed a short story to SUNLOUNGER 2.
He regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.
As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.
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