You already know how much we loved your book CRASH and your characters Jude and Lucy! This story had such depth and drama!
NW: I’m so happy to be here and beyond thrilled you enjoyed CRASH so much!
TB: So, we know this is your first Contemporary Fiction your usual genre is Paranormal . Can you tell us more about that inspiration behind this story and how you found the writing process?
NW: I really love the reading and writing side of paranormal, but I had this increasing urge to try my hand at writing about “everyday” humans because in some ways, contemporary fiction can be more difficult to get right because you don’t have the added drama of the paranormal elements. You really have to develop your characters so they pop right off the page and become people your readers feel strongly about. The storyline came to me one night last summer and I just outlined the heck out of it, wrote the first couple chapters, then shelved it while I worked on other projects. I revisited CRASH a couple months ago and the story poured out of me. I couldn’t stop writing. It was a great feeling. I really fell in love with the story and the characters.
TB:What types of research did you do to make the characters become so alive and the story line so REAL?
NW: I’ve always been one of those quiet observers, so I guess I can answer this question with, “observing human beings and nature over the course of thirty-one years of living.” I’m fascinated with the way one event can shape a person one way, and another person in a completely different way. I’ve probably also over thought the whole “nature vs. nurture” debate more than any one person should. People fascinate me. I love observing them in real life so I can make my characters realistic.
TB:These characters were so well written and easy to connect with. Raw and emotional and so very human (pun totally intended)! The ‘darkness’ aspect and past traumatic issues were prominent in both Lucy and Jude’s lives. Was it hard for you to delve into those darker subject matters as they are one’s we find in everyday life?
NW: It absolutely was. When I found myself wiping away tears writing and reading parts of the story, I knew I’d hit the right level of emotion. Darkness is a hard place to visit, but one we’ve all experienced, and one we can all relate to. That’s ultimately my goal. I can’t make everyone love my work, but if I’ve made them feel something, (love or hate or something in between) I feel like I’ve succeeded.
TB:How did the character of Jude come to you? He had such a bad boy persona yet there was another side to him, he was truly one of those you fall for immediately and more so as his character unravels! Was it difficult to write such a conflicted and hard done by character?
NW: The concept of the “bad boy” is intriguing on so many levels. I’d say almost every guy who’s developed the bad boy rap has some sort of tarnished, dark history to go along with it. I wanted to delve into that history so as to shed light on the reason Jude was perpetually pissed off at the world. What makes the boy bad? That was the question I asked myself, and the place Jude took me.
NW: Lucy is stubborn, has a temper, and doesn’t like to admit she’s wrong even when she is. She’s also warm, has a big heart, and has big goals for her life. I wanted to create a fierce female character that didn’t do and say everything perfectly. I wanted her to be rash, and make mistakes, and have regrets. Because that’s life. We’re not cookie-cutter perfect and our characters shouldn’t be either.
TB:There is a bit in the book where Jude’s hat comes off (I won’t spoil it and go into details) that actually gave me chills and I struggled with tears. Now I cried reading it, did you feel overcome as well writing it as these are your characters?
NW: For sure! This was the scene I was both anticipating and dreading writing. It was such a climatic moment and I knew I needed to infuse the scene with enough drama the reader could feel the character’s emotions like they were their own, without going overboard. Those are the kinds of scenes we live for as writers. And also the ones we have nightmares about!
TB: Do you have a favourite moment in this book?
NW: A few! Jude’s and Lucy’s “moment” in the ballet studio (for obvious reasons), the moment Jude and Lucy share after his rip-roaring touchdown, and the last chapter.
TB: We know this is a stand alone but can we expect more contemporary fiction from you?
NW: Positively! I never thought I could enjoy writing everyday human beings as much as I did. I was way wrong!
TB: Thank you so much Nicole for giving us CRASH and for coming in to speak to us!
NW: Thank you! I enjoyed being here and appreciate you taking the time to interview me.
Other Titles By Nicole Williams:
The Patrick Chronicles