Nicole and I met at a writers’ conference in Arizona at the end of September. She’s a Chinese-Canadian author who got her start on Wattpad, and she now has ten published books under her belt!
(In the picture below, I’m sitting in the front row, and Nicole is standing right behind me!)Today, her first book from Love Inspired, Saving the Single Dad’s Bookstore, is hitting store shelves, so I invited her to stop by the Inspy Romance blog for a chat. 😊
This is your first Love Inspired book, but you’ve indie published a few books in the past. Tell us about your writing background and what drew you to Christian romance.
I first learned about Christian romance as a concept when I read Roseanna M. White’s The Lost Heiress. That book kick-started my love of Christian romance, especially Christian historical romances. Before that, I had read secular romances but didn’t know it was possible to write Christian romance or Christian fiction in general.
I’ve always loved reading and writing romances ever since I was a teen, and I started out on the writing platform, Wattpad. Then, I decided to self-publish some closed-door contemporary romances, which I’ve released over the past few years, called For The Record; On The Beat; and Make The Cut. They’re set in Hollywood and the main characters are interconnected friends/siblings.
My other series is a contemporary Christian romance, set in New York, centering on the fictitious Steele family of billionaires. Its first book is The CEO & the Christian Girl.
That’s interesting! My story with Christian fiction is really similar. I didn’t even know the genre of Christian fiction existed until 2017!
We’ve got some other things in common, too. Like me, you’re a Canadian! (Happy Boxing Day, by the way!) Are any of your books set in Canada? 🍁
My new book, Saving the Single Dad’s Bookstore, is set in Canada! Specifically, it’s set in a fictional small town in Alberta, near the Rockies.
This book features a bookstore! Was it inspired by a real-life bookstore you love? 📖
This book was sadly not inspired by a real-life bookstore I’ve been to! But one early reader has told me the bookstore reminds them of Café Books in Canmore, Alberta.
If you could sum up Saving the Single Dad’s Bookstore in one sentence, what would you say?
He’s a reluctant bookstore owner, she’s the manager, and she wants him to fall for the bookstore, but he also falls for her.
What made you decide to write a book for Love Inspired?
I saw that the Great Love Inspired Author Search was happening in January 2022, and I decided to give it a shot! I figured that if they didn’t accept my book, I could try pitching it to other places or self-publishing it. To my great surprise, it made it past the first, then second round of the contest and the next thing I knew, I had a contract!
Woo-hoo—how exciting! 🎉
If Saving the Single Dad’s Bookstore was made into a movie, who would you like to see play the main characters? 👩❤️👨
What surprised you most about this story?
I was most surprised by how easily the book flowed! I had a bunch of ideas jotted down, but it was a pretty bare-bones plot. I wrote the whole book in roughly three months, which is faster than I’ve finished any other manuscript.
That’s awesome! I’m usually a slow writer, too. It’s always a treat when a book just flows.
Would you like to share your favorite quote from the book?
“Gianna Marchesi tasted like chocolate and oranges, two things that should have been too sweet together, yet were the perfect combination. This kiss felt like the perfect culmination of a lifetime. A lifetime waiting, of hoping, of knowing what he was longing for but not knowing who to find it in.”
Ooh, I love it! 😍
What message do you hope readers will take away from this book?
I hope they’ll know that God has a purpose for them, and that they don’t have to strive to earn His love.
If you had to choose one favorite character from all of your books, who would it be and why?
My favorite character would be Katerina Devereaux from my contemporary Christian arranged marriage romance, The CEO & the Christian Girl! She has a lot of qualities that I admire and want to emulate; she’s patient, God-fearing, kind, and compassionate but strong.
She sounds lovely. Thanks so much for spending time with us today! Good luck with your book launch!
If you’d like to learn more about Saving the Single Dad’s Bookstore, here’s the blurb:
A doubtful owner. A determined employee. Together, can they build a future?
After inheriting his late grandfather’s bookstore, Dominic Tang must make a big decision: keep it or sell. But manager Gianna Marchesi insists she can prove he should keep Tang’s Terrific Tomes open if he’ll stay in town for two months. Falling for the charms of the store—and Gianna—comes easy. But when property damage threatens his already-tight budget, will Dominic risk everything to follow his heart?
Do you like reading books set in bookstores? What’s your favorite book that features a bookstore?