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Nikki Logan | The Nature of Writing

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Thanks for having me over to FreshFiction, Faye. They don't come much fresher than a debut author, I guess! My first book 'Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss' hit shelves in North America and UK last week and I'm still in that warm, happy-glow phase :) I've already had a few reader queries about my 'nature-based' focus so I thought I'd chat a bit about that with you today.

Working on the principle that you should write-what-you-know I decided to focus my love-stories in and around natural places or species that I'm familiar with. I work in a conservation organisation with people who crawl through rainforests tracking orangutans or who fit tiny little radio-transmitters to marsupials in the outback or rescue dangerous wild dogs in even more dangerous parts of Africa. I was hungry to make a contribution too, but that kind of super-human example has a way of making a girl feel a little inadequate! When I decided to start writing I knew it would be romance and I knew it would be around nature. I love love-stories and I love wildlife. And I looked around and found no-one was particularly specialising in nature-based romance. What better way to share my passion for all things wild than with the largest reading group on the planet - romance readers. And so my 'Romance with Nature' tagline was born. I've been amazed at how many people love to read about wild places and creatures. And the settings have a way of really ramping up the intensity and emotion in the stories--something about the inherent dangers of wild places really adds extra zing to a love story.

While I've been waiting for my debut to come out, I've written romances set in forests, on remote islands, in the red outback, and on the wild south coast of Australia. My characters run wildlife sanctuaries, eco-resorts and charter boats; they study marine turtles, search for shipwrecks on reefs and breed wild brumbies; their stories are about addiction, infertility, betrayal and loss but they unfold against some of the most stunning wild habitats in Australia.

'Lights, Camera...' is my most urban book to date. It is set in inner-city Sydney and, back when I was planning it, I was chewing my lip wondering how to effectively bring nature and urban together--it was either rooftop gardens (urban greening) or a cluster of raptors living at the top of some highrise under threat. I went with the rooftop gardens simply because I know more about urban greening than predator birds! But, the raptors are still on my 'to write' list along with seals, penguins and bees. And that's just this week. Who knows what kind of crazy things I'll think of next week. I have a rapidly-filling ideas box! I hope you all enjoy reading the comfortable mix of urban-and-nature in 'Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss' as much as I did writing it. Romantic Times gave it 4.5stars which was so exciting. And if I've done my job well you might even find yourself hankering to get out into your own garden...

Happy reading to you all!

*Nikki*

www.nikkilogan.com.au - A Romance with Nature

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5 comments posted.

Re: Nikki Logan | The Nature of Writing

Congratulations on your debut.
(Mary Preston 2:48am February 18, 2010)

Congratulations and I hope to
see more of your books in the
future. Off to add this book
to my wishlist. I love to see
the ecology addressed in one
of my favorite genres.
(Lisa Richards 9:09am February 18, 2010)

Thank you Mary!

Lisa - you should enjoy all my stories
then. LOL. No setting too wild, no
species too stinky ;)

thanks for visiting ladies
(Nikki Logan 7:14pm February 18, 2010)

Congratulations on your first published book. I'll be looking forward to reading more about Australia. Since I have a cousin and his family in the Blue Mountains, I've been yearning to visit "Down Under" for many years. I hope to still make it sometime.
(Sigrun Schulz 7:59pm February 18, 2010)

Why not have an environmental/nature
based romance. The genre has been
approached from just about every other
direction. Keep those ideas coming.
Good luck with the release.
(Patricia Barraclough 8:54pm February 18, 2010)

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