Meet the Author

Nicola May

Today I have the honour of welcoming Nicola May to my blog for an interview as part of the blog tour for her book, The Gift of Cockleberry Bay. Many thanks to Nicola for taking the time to answer my questions, and also to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

Let’s jump straight in with the questions!

For a lot of writers, a traditional publishing deal is the dream, but you returned to self-publishing after a couple of years with a traditional publisher. What were the factors that led to this decision? Was it an easy decision to make?

It did feel like a dream when I signed with a traditional publisher, but I was never a hobbyist writer, I always wanted to write for a living, so my earnings had to reflect this. It was an easy decision to make in the end as taking both an agent and a publisher out of the equation allowed for me to make a decent living.

You don’t shy away from sensitive subjects in your books, but at the same time they are filled with humour. Is it hard to achieve the right balance between these aspects?

I always make sure that I introduce a character who regularly channels the humour. In the case of the Cockleberry’s, this is Titch. I can then ensure that however dark the subject is getting; I can bring her in for a bit of light relief.

Do you have a set writing routine that you follow?

When I start writing, I am on a mission. So, I will wake early, usually around six, have breakfast, often porridge and a cup of tea, then write in bed until I am so tired, I can’t see the screen properly. Depending on how the words are flowing this can be for up to eight hours at a time. If I forget to have lunch, I know that it’s been a good day’s writing as I do love to eat!

Cockleberry Bay sounds like such a lovely place to live. Is it based on a real place?

I often wonder how others see it in their minds. Despite it being a completely fictitious place, I know every street and building off by heart. It’s loosely based on two places in Devon, which I love – Dittisham and Clovelly.

What are your dreams for where your writing will take you in the future?

I have a tv/film agent now in Curtis Brown, so it would be a dream to get the Cocklberry’s commissioned as a three-series, six-part drama and then I could input towards the screenplay adaptation. I can also see some of my other books making good films; namely Working it Out.

If the Cockleberry Bay books were ever adapted for film or TV, who would your dream cast include?

There is a lovely English actress called Bel Powley; she looks just how I imagine Rosa to look in real life. And Douglas Booth would make a very dashing Josh. I’d also have to make sure I was there for the casting of Hot the dog; who would need to be both cute and cheeky.

Read on for all the info on the latest Cockleberry Bay book.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay FINAL COVER


All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. Including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund and his new-born puppies.

Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited Corner Shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style and will delight the many thousands of Rosa’s fans


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The Gift of Cockleberry AuthorNicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas.

Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks.

She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.







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Make sure you stop by the other blogs that are on the tour to find out more about this book.

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