Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written the Amazon best-selling series Mabel Crowley, split into five volumes, as well as the prequel Theodore Hartley.
I graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University, earning a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Film Studies. Heavily involved in the arts, I am also an award-winning actress and an accomplished composer and playwright. I’ve written the music, lyrics, and libretto for three musicals.
Nolan loves to read and participates in a family-run book club, finding inspiration from both classic literature and modern masterpieces.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is “Theodore Hartley”, the prequel to my best-selling debut “Mabel Crowley”. I was inspired to write a book for Theodore because he was always one of my favorite characters from my original novel, and I thought my fans would be as curious as I was to learn his story!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. When inspiration hits, go with it! Sometimes I’ll wake up at 3am and have to write down an idea, or I’ll be at the beach and discover a song, forcing me to sing it over and over in my head until I can get home and plunk it out on the piano!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
“The Great Gatsby” of course. “The Story of Beautiful Girl”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” are favorites of mine.
What are you working on now?
Another spinoff from the Mabel Crowley world, of course! This book is going to be about one of her friends, whose life takes a different direction than Mabel’s, but the twists and turns of life bring her back to influence the Crowleys and Hartleys in ways no one could have forseen.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Facebook a lot, promoting the first free volume of the Mabel Crowley series in self-proclaimed groups that enjoy historical romantic fiction. I also promote on websites that specifically feature free e-books, since the first volume is free.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t fret about your sentences. Just focus on creating realistic characters, and the story will unfold itself. You might even find yourself writing in a style you don’t normally write, or even a different tense. Go with it–it’s what your characters want!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” Kurt Vonnegut. I love this advice because it validates my mantra that characters should be real and believable. Real people want things constantly! So make sure your characters are real.
What are you reading now?
“The Count of Monte Cristo”. Something about the winter weather draws me back to the classics.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have three goals for the new year, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to complete one of them. First, I’d like to finish the third installment in the Mabel Crowley world. Second, I’d like to publish a short story compilation. I have six short stories written, but no one can read them yet because I haven’t come out with an anthology! Lastly, I’d like to dip my toe in the contemporary pool and dabble in a genre other than historical fiction.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I’ve read “The Great Gatsby” over fifteen times, but I have never cried as many times while reading a book than when I read “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon. It is one of the most beautiful, touching stories ever created.
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