Welcome, Jay Northcote 🙂
What was the hardest part about writing Nothing Special?
I really struggled with this story, mainly because of the timing. I started writing it around the time of my first two releases, and the whole process of being published messed with my head. I completely lost my confidence and was over thinking every word I tried to put down on the page. I lost my way totally and ended up setting the story aside and taking a few weeks off. When I came back to it in January in a more positive frame of mind I knew it was worth finishing but it did need some quite extensive revisions before I was happy with it.
What message do you hope readers take away from your story?
That beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that inner beauty matters most of all.
Is it difficult to write emotional scenes? How do you prepare for it?
Honestly, the majority of the stories I write tend to be quite happy. It’s unusual to find heavy angst in my books. The Little Things is the only one I have out so far that I would say has any really emotional scenes in. I found that hard to write but it was very cathartic for me. I drew on my own experiences of grief and bereavement and I cried several times while I was writing it. I’m not sure you can really prepare for writing scenes like that, other than making sure you have some tissues next to your keyboard. I’ve just started another WIP that I think will be tough to write. I’ll stock up on Kleenex in anticipation!
What’s next on the horizon for Jay Northcote?
I have a mid length novella called The Dating Game that I’m planning on self publishing sometime in September—editing and formatting permitting. That will be my first attempt at self-publishing so that’s exciting, but also a little scary because the buck stops with me.
After that I have another release scheduled with Dreamspinner in November. That book is called Nothing Ventured and is another one that fits with Nothing Serious and Nothing Special as an unrelated, but similar type of novella—light, cheerful and sexy.
If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go and how long would you like to stay?
I really want to go to Hawaii one day. It looks so beautiful in photos that I’ve seen and I love warm climates. I adore travelling though, so my ideal would be to go to lots of places but not stay in any one place for too long. So really I’d like a round the world ticket and an unlimited budget. That’s not too much to ask, huh?
Book Name: Nothing Special
Author Name: Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.
But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.
He must have slept for a little while, because he was awoken by a warm hand on his shoulder and the brush of lips on his forehead. “Hey, sleeping beauty. I’m done. Want to see?”
“Please.” Noah opened his eyes and moved over so that Sol could sit beside him. Sol handed him the sketch pad so Noah could admire his handiwork.
Noah traced the lines of the drawing with his fingertip while he tried to find the words. His body was lean and slender where he lay sprawled on the rumpled sheets. Sol had shaded every dip and shadow to show the curve of muscle and the angle of his bones under the skin.
“You made me look beautiful.” He heard the surprise in his own voice. Noah had never seen himself like this before. It was so different from a photo or looking in the mirror.
“You are beautiful.” Sol’s voice was matter of fact, as though stating that the sky was blue or grass was green.
“I’m not,” Noah protested. “I’m nothing special. I’m just… ordinary.”
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