Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn’t bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market’s flower stall ever since leaving school.
When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.
Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it – and perhaps find love along the way.
Which character would you like to be in this book?
I would like to be Angel’s fiancée Gabriella. She lives in beautiful Barcelona with her handsome beau and paints for a living.
Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
Being honest I am a big audiobook fan, so just my phone is usually enough. Or I quite often listen in the car through the speakers.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Oh, the bad one, every time!
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
Writing wise, I am on my second series now, the first one being the Cockleberry Bay series, and to be honest I do like to get inside my characters and keep them running through the books. I must confess I have never read a series of books.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I have a snuggle chair in my lounge or if it’s sunny, out on my roof terrace.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I love to walk in Windsor Great Park. I also love to attend horse racing meetings and I do have a flutter, usually on racehorse names that are related to the book which I am writing at the time.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
No! love the smell of bookshops, as well as a good old browse! I do always vainly check to see if my books are in stock there too.
What are you most proud of?
Following my dreams and not giving up on my writing, even when I wasn’t successful. It was a proud day to be able to give up work and just write for a living. This happened after my ninth book, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay got to #1 on the Amazon Kindle store in 2019.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Wow! I can’t believe I’ve written another one. Nerves, excitement, in the hope everybody will enjoy it as much as I have writing it.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write! Even it’s a few hundred words a day. Just get those words down and keep getting them down. The more books you have on the shelf, the more of a reading base you will create. And importantly – a good editor is paramount to success.
Thank you, Nicola May and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Nicola May writes ‘chick lit with a kick’ and is the internationally bestselling author of eleven romantic comedies. All have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK across all genres in January 2019 and March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola’s books have also been sold in many languages.