Nicola May lives in Ascot with her mad RPSCA cat Stanley. Her hobbies include drinking bubbles, watching films that involve a lot of swooning, eating flapjacks and crabbing in South Devon.
Your novella is called ‘Christmas Yves’, please could you tell me about it?
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie is taken on an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening through a sparkling backdrop of London landmarks.
It really is a feel good love story about tapping into the areas in your life that make living worthwhile: peace, freedom, creativity, hope and love.
‘Christmas Yves’ is about Evie, please could you tell me a bit about her?
Evie is a fun loving thirty-two year old with unruly blonde curls and an hour glass figure. She lost her mum at a young age and at the start of the novella loses her job and her man. She feels sad and alone. Ultimately, she craves the love of a good man, who will give her children. Plus, pursue her dream of becoming a photographer.
Are any of the characters in ‘Christmas Yves’ anything like you?
Yes, I have the spiritual side of Evie and the complete naughtiness and potty mouth of Bea.
Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?
It would have to be Simon Dye from The Bow Wow Club. He is completely fun and outrageous. We would go to London and do our Christmas shopping in all the wonderful big stores, we would then go ice skating at Somerset House. And, then finish off by drinking copious amounts of mulled wine in the Soho bars.
If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
I would marry Prince Harry and whisk him away to a tropical island.
If you could choose one book that you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. His amazing observations on life and loving are a must read. In fact I use his quotations in nearly all of my books. Including, Christmas Yves.
If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
We’re only here for a long weekend so we might as well enjoy it!
What or who in life inspires you?
Like Evie, I lost my mum at a very young age. I believe her young, vibrant spirit and beautiful soul lives through me and I want her to be proud of what I have achieved.
Please would you share who your 5 dream Christmas party guests would be?
At your dinner party, there’s a cocktail in honour of ‘Christmas Yves’ what’s the ingredients?
Well once you’ve read it you will know why it has to be one part Bristol Cream blue bottle sherry, a glug of champagne, a dash of sparkle, a hint of romance, plus a big twist of love
A huge thank you to Nicola for talking to The Love of a Good Book