Writer Spotlight: Nicole Collet

Author :: Nicole Collet
Website or Blog :: http://nicolecollet.com

In the Author's Words ::
I write the romance stories I would like to read: passionate and real, suspenseful and mysterious, emotional and also humorous at times because that's how life plays on. I'm fascinated by human nature, sexuality and psychology, and I create my plots from that perspective: what makes people fall in love and what it takes for them to stay in love?
My heroes are alpha in the bedroom and, outside it, they carry beta traits that translate into inner strength, maturity and wisdom--they don't need to be cursing and punching walls to prove their point. They also have weaknesses that make them human.
I love books that teach me something new: a piece of poetry, an interesting fact, a philosophical concept inviting me to reflect on my own life. My novel is like a personal scrapbook with various references blended into the story. They are little treasures that made a difference in my life. I want to share them with readers.
For example, this beautiful Carl Jung quote: 
"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes."

So what's it about? ::
RED is about the forbidden love between a teacher 
and his student, and how they fall in love only to be torn apart and embark 
on a journey of self-discovery. When the two meet again, they need to deal 
with a far more complex situation than the obstacles they had faced in the 
beginning of their relationship.

Content Title :: RED: A Love Story

Let's talk about Red: A Love Story :: 

Two lovers. One fate. One twist.
It will all hang on the roll of a die.
Marco is a seductive literature teacher embracing a life of unconventional pleasures to escape his past. His student Marisa hides behind a cheerful façade while struggling with the loss of her father and the estrangement of her mother.
Their mutual fondness of literature brings Marco and Marisa closer, and the two find in each other a soulmate. When their secret relationship comes to light, they are torn apart. An unexpected encounter amidst mayhem brings them together again - two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings for each other.To be reunited, however, Marco and Marisa must take a risk that can jeopardize their love forever.
RED is a tale of forbidden love that has received over two million hits on Wattpad. It was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as "an intriguing first novel - a thinking woman's 50 Shades of Grey."
Set in Brazil and the US, RED is an unusual contemporary romance featuring references to philosophy, psychology, music and literature.
If  you enjoy the works of Sylvain Reynard, you'll love RED.

What's on the Horizon? :: 
RED was meant to be a standalone. After it has 
received over 2 million hits on Wattpad and readers kept asking for more, I 
decided to use the same characters in an idea I had for my next book. "RED 
2: Mirrors" is about the ups and downs of a relationship, and has a big 
twist. Mirrors is about your partner reflecting back to you your own flaws 
and making you aware of them. Mirrors is about life putting you in other 
people's shoes in order to teach you not to judge.
I'm also writing a series of posts in my blog about how pop culture and is 
shaping our sexuality. Some deal with how heroines are portrayed in erotic 
romance, and a popular post on the subject can be read here: 
As for other plans, a vacation in the Caribbean would be nice! :)

Where can readers purchase your books or content? :: -
Homepage and book trailer: http://nicolecollet.com
- Quotes from "RED: A Love Story": http://nicolecollet.com/category/quotes
- Sample chapters from the novel: http://nicolecollet.com/red-sample-chapter
- Free story: 

Who are your favorite author (s)? :: Virginia Woof, Vladimir Nabokov, J.R.R. 
Tolkien, Mario Vargas Llosa, Fernando Arrabal, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, 
Isabel Allende, Barbara Comyns, Luís Fernando Veríssimo, and tons of others...

Any tips for aspiring writers? :: 
When you write a first draft, you are 
mostly plotting the story as an outsider. You have goals set by your 
rational mind. Once the first draft is completed, take your time to immerse 
yourself in the story. Now you're experiencing it from an insider point of 
view. Don't be surprised if the mood or direction of a scene changes 
completely. When you write as an insider, you allow yourself to feel real 
emotions as opposed to merely plotting them, and the unique truth of your 
story will then surface.

Find more content by author Nicole Collet on these sites :: Amazon/Kindle, Goodreads

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