Hi, all!

I’m so excited to be here!

When I was thinking about this blog it occurred to me that guest blogging is kind of like going to a party where you only know the hostess and have to be introduced to everyone else… and make a first impression (hopefully a good one)!  You don’t want to offend anyone, or embarrass your hostess or leave with people thinking you’re a nut.  So, in general, you would initially stick with safe topics right?  How many kids people have, what they do for a living, do they like wasabi tuna?  You know, normal, regular stuff.

But you all know I’m a romance writer. Which automatically means a few things:  I can spend hours by myself talking only to the voices in my head, I’m very interested in synonyms for intercourse and I not only write sex scenes but intentionally put them out there for people (the more the better!) to read.  I actually type words like ‘nipple’ and ‘erection’ (and others!) on paper knowing that other people are going to read them.  So, I guess I feel like I’ve already been a bit exposed at this party… might as well tell you some other things about me that I don’t share in typical day to day conversation!

  • I drink about 16 oz of Starbucks frappucino a day.
  • I don’t believe that a day should start until at least 7 a.m.  People who get up, work out, read the paper, fix a big breakfast and still look better than me all by 6—well, there’s just something wrong with them and I’m sorry there’s no medication for it.
  • I can  dislike camping and still be a good person.  For some reason, I attract people who love the great outdoors.  My friends camp and fish, hike, bike (if you’ve never heard of RAGBRAA* you gotta check this website out: http://ragbrai.com/… yeah, I know a lot of those people!)… in general like being outside.  I spent years thinking that I should be more like them.  I’ve tried it all… and hated it.  Sorry.  I think nature is amazing and beautiful (at times).  I enjoy great scenery.  I like trees and bunnies and butterflies.  Sure.  But, God invented houses and I don’t want to insult him by shunning roofs and walls for dirt, bugs and …weather.  And then there are snakes.  Come on.  If God wanted us to be outside, he would not have put snakes out there.
  • My husband knows more about laundry than I do.  Lucky me, right?  Right!

Okay, so now that I’ve got all of that out in the open, maybe I should confess some things about my writing:

  • My first book, No Matter What, was first written six years ago.  Yes, it’s been revised a few times since then, but I hate to say it took six years to write because, wow, seriously, what was I doing?  Writing long hand with a piece of coal by firelight?  
  • I write on my laptop while my kids watch cartoons.  Is it bad parenting to be writing hot sex scenes while your kids watch Spongebob Squarepants?
  • I know almost nothing about Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.  I don’t really want to know anything about it, either, but I’ve had to suck it up and figure it out.  Good thing my daughter can help me!
  • My first book is about a physical therapist and a millionaire.  I am a physical therapist.  I am not a millionaire.  (Still my writing research was easy!)
  • My second book (out in April) is about an trauma surgeon and an ER nurse.  I am neither a trauma surgeon (or any other kind of surgeon) or a nurse (of any kind). Because I would suck at both of those jobs.  Physical therapists don’t have to deal with the immediate effects of gunshot wounds, people being impaled with objects, or ten car pile-ups.  We work with people after these things, after all that nasty blood has been cleaned up!

Whew!  Okay.  I haven’t been kicked out of the party yet.  No one’s looking at me in shock.  In fact, most of you are thinking how much you like those books with words like ‘nipple’ and ‘erection’ in them, right?!  I’ll even bet a few of you have some great confessions to make!  Come on, share!

To make it easier, I’ll give anybody who confesses something a sneak peek (the complete first chapter) of No Matter What!

For an even bigger prize, go to my website, read the excerpt for No Matter What and tell me one thing that Jaden tells Adam she likes (e-mail answer to Erin@ErinNicholas.com.  Be sure to put Leah’s Blog in the subject line).  At midnight (CST)  I’ll choose a winner from all the correct answers!  Winner gets a copy of the book and a gift certificate to Lush (www.Lush.com. Fantastic handmade cosmetics and scents!).

Leah, thanks for having me and everyone, thanks for reading!  You can find me (in spite of my note above) on Facebook and Twitter, as well as my website, my blog (with eight other awesome authors… the Nine Naughty Novelists), my newsletter or e-mail me!



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13 thoughts on “Naughty Novelist Erin Nicholas

  • November 4, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hi Erin 🙂
    Thanks for sharing here today.
    I confess I really love campy horror movies. I still watch The Killer Tomatoes movies once a year.
    All the best,

  • November 4, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Ooh Ooh I love confession time! The hard part is choosing just one thing…

    I'm a brand-whore. I love designer things. And I own much of them

    Confession: They're mostly from Goodwill.

    And Erin, if you haven't yet, check out http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ for more confessions

  • November 4, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Oh, RK I'm gonna leave those movies to you! I'm a complete wuss about scary things (well, among many other things!!) Chucky (back in the day) totally ruined all dolls for me! Nothing creeps me out more than talking toys… even Toy Story had moments of "ugh" for me! *G*

    Skylar (one of the Naughty Nine!!), love knowing more stuff about you! You would totally hate shopping with me! I never read labels! And I'd never heard of that website– cool.

    Want another from me? I LOVE Bon Jovi!


  • November 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Oh, I was a day too early – I bought the book last night! But it's all good 🙂

    People who get up, work out, read the paper, fix a big breakfast and still look better than me all by 6—well, there’s just something wrong with them

    I could not agree with you more!

    Confession time? My household full of guys calls me 70s woman because I know all the words to all the songs from the 70s (and yes, I still love them, too). And not just the good rock ones. All the ballads, too. Yes, I'm talking to you Barry Manilow!

  • November 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

    So you don't like the great outdoors but you're fine with sand????

    More confessing? *sigh* Okay, how's this. Despite the fact that I'm really not star-struck at all, I do love dropping names.

    When my husband was a photographer in NYC one of the celebrities he took pictures of was Jon Bon Jovi. He came to our loft. We had pizza. Did I mention he's a Pisces?

  • November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Lori, Thanks for buying the book!! You made my day! As a new author I live with images of no one but my mom and sister buying it! *G* And Barry Manilow? Nothin' wrong with that! I now have the lyrics to Mandy going through my head!

    PG, sand + Matthew McConaughy is not the same as sand. Heck, mud-bugs-snakes + Matthew McConaughy isn't even the same! *G*

    Okay, seriously, what kind of pizza does Jon Bon Jovi eat??? I have to know!

  • November 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Hmm. You may have a point. Although,you had to bring up snakes, didn't you? Now you've got me envisioning Avedon's famous snake photo, only with Mr McConaughy in place of Natasha Kinski.

    He still looks good.

    And this was in Manhattan in the 80s, when the only meaningful choice was between regular or Sicilian. As I recall, he wanted mushrooms, olives, peppers and possibly some other stuff as well…and then ended up eating the pepperoni pizza I ordered for my husband (who's something of a pizza purist).

  • November 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Hey Erin, while I do like camping, I have some hard and fast rules too. No rain. If it even looks rainy, we find a motel. And no camping in Texas. Why? Well, let me tell you about the tarantulas we ran into once. Or not.

  • November 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Hi, Erin! Great post – I just loved the part about writing words like "nipple" and "erection"! Just posted about this on Win A Book and wanted you to know.

  • November 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    LOL! Hi, Erin! What a terrific interview–it's always fun to learn more about an author, especially some of the intriguing details, not simply whether she's been writing all her life (which is cool, too, of course!)

    And no need to feel any guilt over writing while the kids are watching TV! As a parent, I firmly believe that judicious use of the TV as babysitter can save lives (mine *and* my kids') 😀

    Confession? That big bag of gummy worms in my cart? That's mine. Yep, I'm not sharing that with the kids, nosirree…

    And wow, PG–Bon Jovi, you say? Come on, drop a few more names! Pretty please? 😉

  • November 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Loved the interview Erin and am very impressed you drink that much Frappucino everyday. How can you still type after all that caffeine? LOL!

    And my confession is I'm a Golden Girls junnky who knows every line from every episode by heart. I want to be Sophia when I grow up.

  • November 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Okay, I'm just going to say this once and for all… Matthew McConaughy looks good in anything (or out of anything…) and I would put up with nearly anything to snuggle up with him– EXCEPT Tarantulas!! Are you kidding me?! No way!

    Thanks for the extra post, Bridget– how great!

    I don't know that you should be impressed by the frappucino addiction 🙂 I certainly don't have to work at it! *g* In fact, my son (who's only 8) was impressed that on Monday I didn't have one at all. Yep, it's that bad that my 8 year old noticed! Maybe I should try gummy worms instead!

    And it's PG who's cuddling Jon Bon Jovi and eating pizza– I've never met anyone famous other than authors– but that was huge for me! Julia Quinn, Susan Andersen, Cherry Adair!!

    Oh, and I have TV show confessions too *g*– I know every episode of Seinfeld backward and forward, I'm newly a huge fan of Glee and I was REALLY bummed that they took Pushing Daisies off the air (the networks do that to me a lot– either I have terrible taste in television or the rest of America does!). I don't watch reality shows except for being religious about American Idol. And I don't like entertainment TV (like E! or others) but I do really really like award shows… weird right?

    Oh, and those of you who have posted and want the first chapter please e-mail me… if you haven't already !!! *g*

  • November 4, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Congratulations on your new release Erin! I confess: I feel the same about camping. I only camp if I have my own shower and place to plug in my hair dryer and flat iron (high maintenance? me?) which usually means a Holiday Inn.

    PG: Jon Bon Jovi!!!! Sigh.
    And my hubs being a photographer AND we used to have that Avedon photo in our living room.

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