Today I’d like to welcome Kris Nacole, military romance author of Love Him Back.
Can you give us your quickest description of your book?
Love Him Back is a military romance. It is about finding love and second chances. Chesney and Zane both deal with inner demons which causes roadblocks in their relationship. This isn’t just a love story though, it’s also a story about a woman who is on a journey to love and accept herself and a man who must learn to love again and also forgive himself later on in the story. Chesney tries to love Zane through some really dark times and vows to love him back to her. It’s a very raw and emotional book.
How would you say the military aspect sets your story apart from other romance books?
All relationships have their ups and downs, obviously, but a lot of people don’t understand the sacrifices military members have to make sometimes. Zane and Chesney are faced with not only regular relationship issues, but with military ones as well. Their love is tested to an extreme that many civilians never have to deal with.
What are you working on currently?
I’m actually working on two books right now. My second book is called Hart of Country and it is a country/western romance. My third book is a contemporary romance called Her Biggest Mistake. My third book actually wasn’t planned. After releasing my first book, Love Him Back, I was overwhelmed by requests from readers to write a book for Erik Tate who is Chesney’s best friend in the book. They asked and I listened. Both of these books will be stand-alones just like my first one.
Interesting. Why do you think the character of Erik Tate became so important to fans?
Honestly, I have no idea. When I wrote Love Him Back, I never expected for people to get so attached to Erik. I guess, because he’s kind of her “big brother/protector,” readers kind of fell in love with him, as well. Also, he’s always making Chesney laugh and reminding her that she is worthy of love, which is really what she needs. I have to admit, he is a really amazing wingman for Chesney. I’m really enjoying writing his own story right now!
What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?
I guess the one thing I would tell aspiring writers out there, is: Never let anyone stand in your way. Taking the first step is the hardest. It is scary stepping into the unknown and opening yourself up for the world to peer into your mind. Be yourself, be proud of your work, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. A few people tried to discourage me from writing and thought I would never actually do it let alone succeed. I proved them wrong as I made it to the top 100 list in military romance within three weeks of publishing. It can be done. It is hard work. You may cry, want to give up, and doubt yourself at times, but that’s normal. Keep pushing forward and write from your heart. Let the story tell itself. YOU are good enough and can do this. The feeling you get when you hit publish and hold your book in your hands for the first time makes all the struggles worth it.
Also, one thing I’ve learned since publishing is that you can’t please everyone. There are going to be people who dislike your work. That’s life. You have to take the bad reviews and learn from them. You can’t let them drag you down and make you want to quit. Embrace the good reviews and don’t sweat the bad ones. We all get them. Even the best-selling authors! Dream big. Believe in yourself. Inspire others.
That’s a lot of great advice. When people tried to discourage you, did you find in the long run that that made you stronger and more determined?
Yes! Of course it made me a little sad and disappointed, but in the end it gave me the fire I needed to keep pushing myself to become successful. Once I published, and they found out my book was doing well, they somehow managed to come back with some of the kindest words of praise. Funny how that works…
In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick for your main characters?
That’s easy! For Zane it would have to be Scott Eastwood and for Chesney it would be a toss-up between Camilla Belle or Nina Dobrev for me.
Ooh, good picks. So for the Erik Tate spin-off, who would you cast for Erik?
I’m thinking Dan Ewing (short haired Dan, not his long hair days).
Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?
Yes, at times. For example, I spent three years living in England, so some of the descriptors I used were places/things I had actually seen in person.
It’s great to be able to use real life travels to add realistic flavor to writing. Did you put “places/things” in your story on purpose because you’d seen them, or was it just convenient that you knew more about those things you were naturally writing about?
Nope, I didn’t put them in there on purpose. It’s just that my story kind of flowed that way and I was lucky enough to already know a lot about those places/things without having to do as much research on them. It all worked out and came together perfectly.
Thanks, Kris, for sharing!