Today I’m welcoming the fabulous Mrs N.N. Light – Queen of Urban Fantasy Romance, Queen of the Twitterverse, Queen of Just About Everything!
I’ve laid on a special spread today of tea (in proper tea-cups, mind) and a pyramid of Ferrero Rochers. (Note to self: take chocolate from top of pyramid, not the bottom.)
Good to meet you, Mrs N!
Discretion is my watchword! :)
Where is your favourite place in the world? I know it sounds corny, but anywhere my husband is. We love to travel and every summer, we go someplace new. I haven’t been on an airplane since 9/11 so I have to rely on other modes of transportation. My favourite, of course, is the train. I love travelling through the countryside of Canada. It’s a lot like England and the people you meet are just lovely.
I’d love to take a train journey through Canada. I love trains (so much more civilised than planes), and I’ve been through Europe many a time, but Canada must be something else.
Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? The worst job I have ever had was working at a party supply store. I think I was sixteen. The hours were long and I had the worst manager on the planet. He paid me very little and treated me horribly. I didn’t last long, let me tell you.
People think they can treat teenage workers like slaves. Good for you for getting out.
What book do you wish you’d written? Oh goodness, there are so many. I think, for me, I wish I had written anything by Jane Austen. She had an ability to make you laugh, cry and relate to the characters all at the same time.
What’s your favourite song? I can’t pick, I can’t pick, I can’t pick just one! Okay okay, if one song was my theme song, it would be Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd.
Oh, I love that song!
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? Oh that’s easy, Ernest Hemingway. I have admired him ever since I was ten and read Old Man and the Sea. I love his writing style and his penchant for doing his own thing. He never let anyone tell him how he should write or what he should write about. He retreated to his writing room and wrote.
If I could spend one evening with him, I would pick his brain on writing novels that surpass time and get his opinion on my own writing style.
That’s a really interesting choice. I’d love to meet him, too, although I’d never let him read any of my writing. I’d be way too nervous!
What’s your happiest childhood memory? My happiest childhood memory is the time I spent with my father. He passed away in 1998 and I miss him every day. He taught me to be myself and ignore the critics.
That’s a great lesson.
If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television, or books, who would it be? Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I know you might think it has to do with his wealth. Pemberley is a lovely estate but that is not why I would marry him. He is quiet, perceptive and loves to read. He’s romantic and loves a woman who keeps him on his toes.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? Life taught me to love myself, believe in my dreams and not worry about what other people think. Life is too short to be concerned what the critics say. I don’t live with regret and no one else should either.
And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website
Title: Princess of the Light
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance, Christian Fantasy, Inspirational Fiction
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah, that Gabriel – visits Mary Miller. He tells her, as the key, she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough — until she’s thrown into the face of evil. And then, Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.
“Can I help you with something, sir?” The woman’s voice quivered slightly and she leaned a little, as if she suddenly needed the wall for support.
Whoa, I couldn’t help but think. I frankly felt like a moth to the flame. All I wanted to do was have a reason to get closer to her. The fact that her eyes seemed to shine with an actual light didn’t help matters. I had never felt such an automatic attraction before, and I wanted to lean closer and see what was going on with her eyes.
She was either looking at me like I was the only man in the world—and quite possibly the sexiest one—or else my open gawking had freaked her out. Either way, I couldn’t have told her which it was, because my mouth felt like a cotton ball container.
“Yes,” I managed to rasp to her. “Where is your Architecture section?”
“Are you looking for anything in particular?” Yes. You, I wanted to say. “I could look to see if it is in stock.” Oh. Are there more of you somewhere?
The sound of her voice was starting to make my heart pound.
She had an earthly beauty about her. There was nothing extraordinary in her features, yet something about her just seemed to glow.
I felt my breath quicken. Joe, what’s the matter with you? Get a grip. You’ve seen girls before.
I shook my head to clear my thoughts without worrying what I looked like and said, “Please forgive my manners, but what is your name?”
“Mary.” That just became my favorite name.
“I’m very pleased to meet you,” I said as I extended my hand to her. “I’m Joseph. Please call me Joe.”
She hesitated for a moment before she shook my hand. Electricity bolted up my arm that I wasn’t prepared for. I wondered if she could hear my heart beating. Pretty sure these emotions weren’t winning me any bro-code points.
Her face was flushed and her eyes brightened with interest. Let go of her hand, Joe, I tried to coach myself. If I didn’t let go of it soon, I might never be able to.
So I quickly let go of her hand but immediately regretted it. The whole room suddenly seemed cold and empty.
She probably thinks you’re some kind of wacko. Stop staring. You’re a logical guy… Be reasonable here. Besides, she’s probably married. I ran my fingers through my hair and tried to remember what we were just talking about. I looked up to see her glance towards the entrance. If she asked me to leave, I wouldn’t blame her.
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N. N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. She has been telling stories since the age of five and her mantra is to spread the Light. Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. She is a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.
Part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go directly to food banks in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.
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Thank you, Helena, for having me on your delightful blog. You’ve been such a kind, understanding person.
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Thank you for coming by, Mrs N, and for being such a gracious guest. I loved the excerpt from Princess of the Light, and the cover is fabulous.
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