Interview with Caitlyn Nicholas + Giveaway: The Danger Game

Today Caitlyn Nicholas is sitting down with us for a little Q&A about her latest book, The Danger Game. Not only that, as part of the book tour she will be giving away three awesome prizes: a $25 Amazon GC, a Caitlyn Nicholas gift bag to one randomly drawn commenter, and a Caitlyn Nicholas gift bag to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.(Open internationally). So the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here.

You mostly write mystery romances, where do you get your inspiration from for writing about war, murder, kidnapping etc.?

I look for unusual settings for my books. Ones where the ‘rules’ are very different to everyday life. I enjoy reading books like this so it’ s where I naturally gravitate with my own writing. The stakes are very high in these type of situations and this adds to the suspense in the book as well.

For those who haven't read any of your books yet, which should they read first and why?

Read the Danger Game first! It’s my latest book and the one I’m most proud of. Then Drive Me To Distraction, which is a murder mystery romantic suspense. It’s getting great reviews.

Describe Flick in five words.

Introvert. Geek. Brave. MacGyver-ess. Undefeated.

What was the hardest part of writing The Danger Game? 

There’s a scene towards the end. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s when Flick’s father gives her permission to go and live her own life. Couldn’t see the screen for the tears, even when I went back and edited it. It’s such an emotional scene. Their home life is haunted by tragedy and she doesn’t want to leave, but he can see she’s desperate to spread her wings and he tells her to go.

What is the best advice you've ever received considering writing?

You’ve probably heard it before, its… write! I remind myself almost every day that I need to write. Doing promo and marketing and all the rest is all wonderful, but I need to write, that’s my main focus.

Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects/books?

My next book, The Bunker, is out in July 2013. It’s a romantic suspense set in an old nuclear shelter in the green hills of England. When terrorists strike the British financial system Dimity Pond, who is already in a world of trouble, has to face her fears and save the economy from total collapse. The man who wants to send her the jail for the rest of her life, Lord Richard Summerhayes, is the only one who can help her.

What book are you currently reading?

Man Drought by Rachael Johns. It’s a rural romance set in remote Western Australia. I’ve only just started it, but I’m loving it.

Connect with Caitlyn Nicholas:
Flick likes computers. She’s good with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more of a challenge.

But when a terrifyingly dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.

In Ben’s line of work being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully realised the danger she is in.

First he has to keep her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world from an epic meltdown.


Three hours later she stood outside the thick glass doors of the ITC building and groaned as she remembered that her swipe cards, keys, and phone sat comfortably inside on her desk. She only had her wallet, and right now money and credit cards were next to useless.

She thought of the Security guard in the Vice Chancellor’s building. Maybe he’d still be there and would have access to get her in, or at least know who could help. She checked her watch. Nearly midnight.

“Locked out?” She jumped as a voice spoke, close behind her.

The security guard emerged from the shadows.

“Woah,” she said. “Are you following me?”

“Yes,” he said.

“I know Tai-Kwon-Do.”

“Really?” he said. “I bet I know it better.”

“I’m bet you do, actually.”

He was tall, she barely came up to his shoulder, and he looked broad and intimidating in his dark suit and white shirt.

“It's not safe at this time of night, do you know how many assaults there are on campus? Especially on a Friday night.”

“Thanks, but I’m fine -” She peered at his name badge, squinting in the dim light. “- Ben. I can look after myself.”

“Except for being locked out right now.” He raised his eyebrows enquiringly, with the hint of a smile.

“Yes, except for that.”

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  1. The other day you mentioned you would like to try writing a historical but were unsure of a place & time period. You mentioned Australia and that brought to mind a film I saw a few years back titled 'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant'. The film was based on true events and takes place in late 1700's and is about a young English woman who is transported to Australia for petty theft. I would love to read a book that would deal with that time and place.

    Thanks for the interview and excerpt today.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed it.


  3. Loved your comments. Very interesting. I loved the excerpt.

  4. "Unusual settings" are a big draw card when I'm looking for a book to read.