“Humorous angst” is possibly the best mashup we’ve ever gotten for one of our tricky “yes” or “no” questions, and you know who gave us that answer? Nina Croft, the legend. She’s back for a Q&A and with a new book we love: Falling For The Bad Girl!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
Notting Hill – I love the scene at the end, at the press conference, where he begs her to reconsider.
Dirty Dancing – when they dance to I’ve Had the Time of My Life… I’ve watched that scene so many times.
Love Actually – Hugh Grant dancing to Jump
Pretty Woman – when she comes in dressed in her long red dress to go to the opera.
Officer and a Gentleman – Okay, I’m back to final scenes for this one, but this is just the best ever. Richard Gere in his navy uniform sweeping the heroine off her feet, literally.…
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
Not really, though I think there’s an element of the Notting Hill scene in all romances. That moment when either the hero or the heroine has to admit they’re wrong and do a bit of grovelling.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas
Game of Thrones – A song of Ice and Fire – I know it’s actually lots of books but I’ve been meaning to read them for ages.
Why? First, they’re all long books – if I can only have five, then I’m going to get as many words as possible. And while none of them are romances as such, they all have strong elements of romance, and lots of other things too. And finally, (with the exception of Game of Thrones) they’re all books I’ve already read numerous times, and I know I will happily read again—the sort of books you get something new out of each time you read them.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
I love a bad boy so…
Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever books, because he’s sooo bad
Daemon Sadi from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, because he’s even badder.
Actually, they don’t really share characteristics with the hero of my latest release, as Falling for the Bad Girl, has a bad girl heroine rather than bad boy hero.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Jamie Fraser and Clare Randall from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I love his accent. But I just think they are a superb match for each other, both such strong characters.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Oh no – I can’t remember (it was a long time ago!) It was probably a Mills and Boon I pinched from my mother and read while hiding behind the sofa. But the first romance I actually remember was Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers (and I definitely had to hide behind the sofa to read that one.)
What do you remember about it?
I was probably twelve or thirteen at the time and this book taught me lots of things I never knew about sex…probably warped me for life.
What did you like most about it?
The hero. The book was the ultimate in bodice rippers—and wow, did he rip some bodices—at a time when I was too young to realize that heroes really shouldn’t behave like that—I loved him.
What did you like least about it?
Nothing—it set me on the road to a lifetime love of romance.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I don’t think I dare—just in case I enjoy it.
Darcy or Wentworth? (bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
Darcy and Colin Firth, of course.
Christian or Gideon?
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
Sunrise or sunset?
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
Neither – can I have a nice piece of cheese instead, please.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Blue-collar or white collar?
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and NinaCroft.com. Readers can subscribe to her newsletter here!