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I’m delighted to welcome Harlequin Historical Romance Author NICOLE LOCKE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much. It’s wonderful to be here today!

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Nicole:
I was born in Southern California, but raised in Oklahoma, and spent much of my childhood flying between the two states. In one, I lounged on the beach and dived through the waves. In the other, I was surrounded by wheat fields and blown away by the wind. I don’t know if any childhood is ideal, but mine came pretty close.


R&R
:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Nicole:
I am most definitely temperamental. But maybe I spent a lot of time in the waves and wind as a child because whatever emotion it is, I don’t hold on to it very long.


R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Nicole:
Savoury. I’m a salt-aholic, and in fact, I’m eating Jalapeno crisps as I’m typing this. I also like vinegar, lemon, lime, and I often drink those with hot water. I don’t know if I’ve always been this way, but my grandmother used to drink the juice out of a pickle jar, so I’d say it’s a family trait.


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Nicole:
This is a tricky question for me because it means if I lost or broke a possession, I would be heart broken. I have nothing like this. There are items I’ve inherited and acquired along the way that I find beautiful, but with the exception of my family photos, I wouldn’t mourn them.

I think it’s my family’s quirks that I treasure the most. My husband’s absolute need to get to the airport five hours before any flight leaves. My 15-year-old son’s fiddly curiousity that compels him to fix things or make them into something else. I call him my magpie.

Then there’s my 8-year-old daughter’s sheer unmitigated ability to shrug things off. Her ‘Oh well” side to her. Lose a cardigan? Oh, well! Hit the giant red button and set off airport alarms? Oh, well!

I’d say it’s those moments…and my family, that I hold most dear.


R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Nicole:
I treasured our time in London where we lived for eleven years. When the kids have flown the coop, I would love a flat somewhere in Marylebone where my husband and I could spend months out of the year.


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Nicole:
So many! But the one that has had the most lasting effect was the time when I was on a basketball team (anyone who knows my short stature will be astounded by this).

My teammates had contests on who could dress the fastest for practice. Distracted constantly, I was almost always last. But one day, I was really going for it, and made it out (not first, but close). Yay!

Except as we all sat on the court, I realised immediately that all I had on was my top and knickers. No shorts!

I never forgot that moment and neither did anyone else. To this day, when I leave the house and especially if I’m rushing, I look down to see if I’m dressed. My mantra? “Keys, check. Clothes, check.” 

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Nicole.

It’s been a pleasure, Carol.

 


If you would like to find out more about Nicole and her books, here are the links:

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