Monday 14 April 2014

Blog Tour: If I Could Turn Back Time by Nicola Doherty

 Today I'm pleased to be taking part in the blog for If I Could Turn Back Time with an interview with the author, Nicola Doherty.

Can you tell us about your new book?
If I Could Turn Back Time is about a girl called Zoë who wakes up six months in the past, and gets a chance to fix the mistakes she made in her previous relationship. She also gets to re-apply for her dream job as a fashion buyer (she messed up the interview last time). But things are even more complicated second time around …

What was your inspiration for If I Could Turn Back Time?
I can remember very vividly the moment I thought of the idea. I was walking along Oxford Street just before Christmas, thinking about all sorts of things; regrets, decisions, mistakes, mishaps and various ghosts of boyfriends past. There was one particular relationship, when I was twenty-five, where I blamed myself for the break-up for ages. And I thought: what would happen if you COULD go back and change the past? What would happen if someone did go back, and didn’t make any of the mistakes she made with her boyfriend that led to their break-up ... what then? It was so exciting, I rushed straight home to write it all down.

What has been your greatest experience of being a published writer?
It’s all been incredible but in a strange way, I don’t think anything has ever equaled the very first email I got from my agent when she said she loved my book and wanted to meet me. I jumped up and down and screamed. Nowadays, I get a similar buzz each and every time somebody contacts me to tell me they enjoyed my book. That makes me very happy.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I have some more advice on my blog but it can be summed up in two words: ‘Keep going’. Finish your work to your own highest standards, before you worry too much about getting published. Also, take up yoga. I never had back problems in my life before I started writing full time …

What was the first book you ever bought yourself?
It might have been an Enid Blyton – or Gnid Blyton as I thought she was called because of the handwritten font. I do remember wanting a Sweet Valley High and my mother refusing because it was so trashy (fair point!)

What was the last book you read?
The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley, which has the famous opening sentence ‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’ It was wonderful – compulsive reading. Everyone should read it.

Finally, what are you working on at the moment?
A new series. I’m not allowed say too much about it yet but it involves travel, romance, lots of laughs, and some characters from my previous two books! 


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