Monday, 7 November 2011

Nicky Wells - Long Manes & Deep Voices!!

You have no idea what an entertaining time I have had sitting around my pool, sipping cool drinks and eating squidgy delights with the fabby Nicky Wells. Please do sit down and join us as Nicky reveals all about Sophie's Turn!

When the lovely Pauline invited me to join her on her blog to have a chat, I was absolutely delighted. When she added, “tell us something interesting about you or your book,” I panicked. There’s that word again: “interesting.” Oh, the pressure of being “interesting.” Am I interesting? I don’t really know.
But then I realised, hey, we were going to be lounging round the pool! There’ll be G&Ts and finger foods, right? So… if we’re having that kind of a chat, I might well be able to tell you, in strictest confidence of course, the real inspiration behind Sophie’s Turn. Between us girls…
So here goes.

OK, this is a bit embarrassing. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for rock stars, particularly lead singers with long manes and lovely deep voices. This started when I was a teenager. My first crush was the gorgeous Joey Tempest of Europe, and I was fourteen. I spent months constructing elaborate scenarios in my head of how I might bump into him (and more) (whoops).

I grew up, as one does. The crush faded, but the weak spot for rock singers stayed with me. Over the years, I even had an opportunity to go backstage with a couple of bands but I usually had a boyfriend with me so it wasn’t quite the same.

And then I got married, fell pregnant, and left my job. Suddenly, I had an opportunity to do something I’d always wanted to do: write a book! Write the book. The definitive Nicky book. The one that would resurrect all those daydreams and weave them into a funny, charming, dreamy and (just occasionally) sad narrative. Somehow, though, the story didn’t quite work out as I’d imagined. Mostly, I think, on account of having actually grown up properly somewhere along the line. So the original daydreams became tempered with the lens of reality, of authenticity. I wanted to write a story that could have happened, not a madcap flight of fancy. The result is… Sophie’s Turn. It is all fiction, of course. But, based on my own experiences, I feel all of them could have happened to somebody. And there you have it… 

About Sophie’s Turn
Rock star romance Sophie’s Turn is the charming, funny and occasionally bitter-sweet story of one young woman’s entanglement with a rock star. One fine day in Paris, Sophie Penhalligan suddenly finds herself engaged to her teenage crush and love-of-her-life-from-a-distance, rock singer and star extraordinaire Dan Hunter. But there is the small matter of her very recent, but very prior, engagement to Tim. Reliable, honest, trusting Tim, her boyfriend of two years stashed away safely in his mews house in South Kensington while Sophie is drinking rather too much champagne with Dan in Paris. The novel describes how Sophie gets into this impossible situation and how she turns it around.

Sophie’s Turn is available for download on Kindle

About the author
Nicky Wells is a writer, wife, mum and teaching assistant. Born and raised in Germany, she moved to the UK in 1993 to study and work. Nicky is married with two children and lives in Bristol. She is currently busily writing the sequel to Sophie’s Turn.
Find out more about Nicky at Nicky’s Blog at You can also find Nicky on Facebook and Twitter.

Nicky on Twitter: @WellsNicky
Nicky on Facebook:!/pages/Nicky-Wells/240322162658246


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

That book as a LOT of pink on the cover. Oh to have the life of a rock star (as you mentioned) eh?

Anonymous said...

I love getting to know how a book came about and what lead an Author to write it!

It's a fab read and I really enjoyed it!

Thanks for sharing xx

Janice said...

Oh wow - this sounds like every girls dream right? And all safely wrapped up in the covers of a book. Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Hello! Thanks all for joining me at Pauline's poolside. Isn't it fab round here? So relaxing... Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed our chat! I hope Janice (and Michael?) you'll enjoy the book, too. Cheerio, my friends, and rock on!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by, great to see you here and whow the life of a rock star of wot!

Hello Lou, I love hearing how Nicky wrote her fab book! xx

Hi Janice, Nicky's book sounds fab.... thanks for taking time to sit round my pool and chat with Nicky.... cool! xx