Author Interview with Marc Nobbs

AfterDark Online is happy to have an author of erotic romance, a blogger, a father, husband, and an accounting manager by day – Marc Nobbs.

 

 

Welcome Marc, and thank you for coming? To get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself and the kind of genre you write?

 

            Well, I’m 40, Married, Dad of two and I work full time for a firm of Solicitors in Northamptonshire, UK. That’s the same part of the world that Princess Diana came from and indeed, she’s buried at Althorpe House with is about a fifteen minute drive from my house. I’m not a native Northamptonian though. I was born and grew up in The Black Country—that part of the Britain, just north of Birmingham that gave birth to the Industrial Revolution all those years ago.

            As for my writing… I guess my novels would best be described as “Erotic Romance”. I write almost exclusively from the hero’s POV, sometimes in first person, sometimes in the third person.

            My short stories though… They’re just out and out smut.

 

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you to begin writing?

 

            I’ve been writing since I left university back in ‘98, although not very seriously back then and even now it remains more of a hobby than a career.

            I guess I’ve always wanted to write because I’ve always loved to read, but it was after I got my first home internet connection (via a 56k dail-up modem, remember them?) that I realised I could really give it a go. I found a group on the old Usenet called Alt.Sex.Stories.Moderated where a large number of people were sharing stories that had written. Some of them were very good. Some not so good. It was those ‘not so good’ stories that gave me the confidence to write and share my own stories and I found that quite a few people liked them.

            In about 2004, I found a website called “Desdmona’s Fishtank”, which was a critique group for sex story writers. I signed up, learn a whole hell of a lot and it was thanks to them that I was able to sell my first short story (rahter than just give them away for free).

            I haven’t looked back since.

 

 

Tell us, how many books do you have published? Also, what kind of support do you have in your passion for creative writing?

 

A lot. “The Lies We Lead”, which is out at the end of June, will be my 9th novel/novella and I’ve got about 15 short stories on Amazon too.

            I have a loving family that tolerate my need to write with a wry smile and I’ve found a great support network on Facebook over the last year or so.

 

 

How many books have you written so far, and which of them did you find the most fun to write, and those that were the most challenging?

 

As I said, “The Lies We Lead” will be my ninth novel/novella, and it was a huge amount of fun to write, partly because of how I wrote it. It was the first time I’ve used Google Docs and shared the document with beta-readers during the writing process instead of at the end of the first draft. It was great to log in to the doc to write some more and find comments on what I’d written during the last session.

            As for the most challenging? That has to be “A Tortured Soul”. I don’t want to give too much away about the book, as it would not only spoil that book, but also spoil its predecessor, “A Good Man” too. But if you’ve read that book, you’ll understand why I found it so challenging. It was extremely emotionally draining. So much so, that I’ve been avoiding writing the third and final book in the series for fear of how much it will take out of me.

 

 

Tell us about your current release The Lies We Lead. How long did it take for you to write, and do you have any trivial pieces you wish to share in writing the story?

 

“The Lies We Lead” will be out at the end of June. It was supposed to be a hot and dirty short story, but the damn characters wouldn’t stop talking to me and I ended up with ninety thousand words, a great hero and four really fun female characters who I think people are going to love.

            I wrote it using Google Docs and gave my good friend Ashley access to the document and able to make comments on it—which worked really well. Although, you can see when someone else is access the doc in real time, and sometimes it felt as if she was looking over my shoulder as I wrote.

Oh, and this book’s title came about as a result of a contest I held on my Facebook page. I put up the synopsis and asked fans to suggest titles. There were some really good suggestions, but “The Lies We Lead” was not only the best, but also “sounds like a Marc Nobbs Book”, if that makes sense.

 

 

What other projects are you working on, and what do you expect readers to hear about you in the near future?

 

I have started a sequel to “The Lies We Lead”, which picks up the story about a month later. But whereas TLWL is full of secrets and surprises, “The Truths We Live” should be more light-hearted and fun—an exploration of the lifestyle that comes about as a consequence of events in the first book.

            I also need to write the thrid and final part of the Paul Robertson Saga, but I think I’ve already said, I’m kind of putting that off because I know it’s going to be something of an emotional rollercoaster.

 

 

What advice could you give to other readers that want to get into writing?

 

            Don’t give up and develop the thickest of thick skins. Writers will get a lot of rejection and a lot of criticism, but you have to learn to pick out the bits of the criticism that you can take something from to make your writing better.

            You also have to learn to “let go”. Your stories might well be your “babies”, but criticism of them is not criticism of  you. That’s something people struggle with.

            I remember once someone e-mailing me to tell me “you blew it” over the ending of a book, because it wasn’t the ending he’d wanted it to be. His words were quite harsh, but I was able to look past them and see that the topic of this particular book, “Reunion”, was clearly personal to him and he was reacting to that rather the quality of my writing, characterisation or plotting. If anything, I should have taken his reaction (if not his words) as a compliment—my words had obviously affected him deeply and as writers, that’s the best we can hope for.

 

 

Where can readers purchase your books?

 

            My books are on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, iBooks, Google Play and Smashwords. Head over to marcnobbs.co.uk for more information.

 

Marc, thank you so much coming on here. We hope to see have you on here again. Before we go, where can readers look you up (i.e. websites, blog, or social networks)?

 

website/blog – marcnobbs.co.uk

            Facebook – facebook.com/marcnobbs.author

            Amazon – http://viewAuthor.at/MarcNobbs

            Twitter – @marcnobbs






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