The brilliantly talented (and very lovely) Nancee Cain has allowed me to poke and pluck at her grey-matter (metaphorically speaking, of course) by agreeing to answer a few questions on writing, her addictive characters, and what kind of other hidden talents she possesses.
So, without further ado, I would like to welcome Nancee to my blog. Let’s get stuck in… What is your writing Kryptonite?
I am a pantser which means I don’t plot and it gets me into trouble, frequently. Ask my poor editor!
If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
Go for it! I had The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie on a shelf for years because of fear. Here’s a funny tidbit: When I wrote the story, they listened to music on a CD player. LOL
At least it wasn’t cassette tape… or vinyl! What gave you the kick to pull it out and take the leap to pursue publishing?
I found out a dear friend of mine had published two romance novels. I was blown away and said, “how?” I’ve written stories my entire life and had three stories written. She invited me to our local Romance Writers of America meeting and from there I was hooked. Jill is my critique partner and keeps me straight.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which of your characters would you like stranded with you and why? Also, what character would you rather not be stranded with?
Stranded with: Let’s see…
Rafe from Tempting Jo or David from The Redemption of Emma Devine would do a lot of the work. They are the “take care of business” types of heroes. Angel from my upcoming The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair is good with his hands (in more ways than one). And Remi from Saving Evangeline would be great for the laughs. Not stranded with: I’d probably want to murder Dylan from The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie for being an ass. And although Luc from Loving Lili could start the fires, he’s a little intense, ya know what I mean? And none of the women because I’d want all the men to myself, wink, wink. No, I take that back. Maggie from my upcoming book, The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair. She’s a great cook!
Aww… poor Dylan. He could sing to you though!
Yes, he could! And he’s funny when not self-absorbed.
I know this is a tough one, but I have to ask: who are your favourite authors?
I have so many! Sylvain Reynard, Debra Anastasia, Jennifer Lane, S. M. Lumetta, Jennifer Locklear, Tiffany Reisz, Rumer Haven, the list is endless!
If your life was a movie, what would you call it? What would be your theme tune?
I honestly don’t know. Perhaps: Life is a Crapshoot, Deal. And I’d want Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds to Mars to develop the theme song.
I think a full orchestra Nancee theme tune is needed—with added rocky guitars riffs and some kick-arse drums! It’ll be epic! Okay, so what about a superhero name then?
The Weird Writer—Her sarcasm is mightier than her pen.
Apart from being a bloody awesome storyteller do you have any other talents?
I can roll my tongue. The truth is, I have no sense of rhythm, think Elaine from Seinfeld… that’s me dancing. And my poor dad had me in piano lessons and I started my recital piece in the wrongs scale because I couldn’t find middle C. My tennis instructor also told my folks they were wasting their money as I had no eye-hand coordination.
It's a good job that kind of hand-eye coordination isn't needed for penning novels then, LOL. Okay, back to questions on writing… Do you have any writing mascots, habits or rituals?
Although music influences my books (I am inspired by lyrics and every book has a playlist) I have to write in silence. And I prefer writing at my desk instead of my lap top because I’m blind as a bat and the desktop screen is bigger!
What has been the hardest scene you’ve ever written and why?
Emotionally, it was when David comes to Emma toward the end of their story (The Redemption of Emma Devine) and tells her how much she means to him and he encourages her to let go and let him love her. That scene is the only one that I’ve cried through while writing. There’s also a scene in an upcoming book that was brutal because of the subject (child abuse).
David and Emma’s story was a bit of a blub-fest for me (as well as making me laugh out loud—that naked running scene, LMAO!). Your books navigate some incredibly tough subject matters without either emotionally breaking the reader or underplaying real-life traumas, how do you walk that line and still manage to leave the reader feeling upbeat and happy?
Part of it stems from my job. As a nurse/counselor who works in the addiction field, I hear some devastatingly sad stories. If I didn’t have a sense of humor, it would be a depressing job. Nurses and counselors often use what’s called “black humor” to deal with the pain we witness. My philosophy on life is that no matter how bad it gets, if you can find something to smile about, it can make it better. It’s medically proven that laughter eases stress. As a romance writer, I want to highlight some real problems in the world (thus my “brand”- Romance with a serrated edge) and show that while life can be craptacular at times, it can be beautiful, too. And that there is always hope.
Are there any things that you’ve learned from your writing journey that have surprised you?
I had a real Snoopy attitude. I thought I’d write the story, someone would love it and I’d be all set. It’s a lot harder work than I anticipated. But I love it.
Where can we find you and your wickedly good books? Any recommendations for a Nancee Cain-Newbie on where they should start?
Here is the preferred reading order, although they are all stand alones, (No cliffies!) it’s more fun to read in order because you will recognize reoccurring characters and get to visit old favorites.
Paranormal Romances (Snarky Angels)
Saving Evangeline books2read.com/SavingEvangeline
Tempting Jo books2read.com/TemptingJo
Loving Lili (novella, strongly suggest you read Tempting Jo first) books2read.com/LovingLili
Contemporary Romances (Pine Bluff Novels)
The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie books2read.com/DylanMcAthie
The Redemption of Emma Devine books2read.com/EmmaDevine
The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair (releasing 4/27/18)
FB Reader’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cain.Raisers/
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nanceecain/ (See the Story Boards that inspired the books)
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCela7FfQ_j8t_qZm267NUSA
Spotify Playlists: https://open.spotify.com/user/12184539074 (Listen to the music that inspired the books)
Thank you for coming to my blog and agreeing to a grilling, Nancee!