Thursday, 5 April 2012

Something for the Easter weekend with Nina Croft and a giveaway!

The Easter weekend is almost upon us here in the UK and I need to make some hot cross buns,pronto, or face the domestic sack. So lovely fellow Indulgence author Nina Croft has kindly offered to come and and entertain you all with a post about settings and to offer up an Easter freebie.

Over to you, Nina!

How important is your Setting?

Huge thanks to Rachel for including my latest release, Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire on her blog today.

I recently wrote a post about how important setting is to a book, and it got me thinking about the importance of setting to a writer. So today, I thought I’d write a little about my own personal setting.

Some people seem to be able to write anywhere, and I’m jealous, because I’m not one of them. Sadly, I’m very easily distracted, and I need a quiet place to write with few things to lead me astray.

Which is good, because these days, I live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain. It’s about as remote as you can get and still be in Europe. We have no mains electricity, no near neighbors, mules still plough the steep vineyards, and the closest decent shop is an hour away (and now, if only I could learn how to turn off the internet and switch off my kindle, I would be sooo productive).

But the other thing an author needs is inspiration. I’ve had a love affair with the Mediterranean all my life, (and Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire takes place partly on an island in the Mediterranean, just off the coast of Italy).  So now, I’m living a lifelong dream, as my farm looks down on the Mediterranean Sea far below us to the south. It’s a view I look at often when I’m in need of inspiration.

So no distractions and a little inspiration when required. Those are my needs as far as setting goes, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the perfect place for me.

So how important do you think setting is for a writer or a reader? And have you found your own perfect setting? Leave a comment below and be in with a chance to win a free ebook copy of Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire.

I'll draw a winner at random at the end of Monday. Good luck!

Thanks, Nina! Well, I know what I'll be doing this weekend, there's a certain Italian billionaire that requires my attention - LOVE that cover! You can find Nina at her website , Facebook and twitter . And if you're not lucky enough to win a copy of Nina's yummy Italian (or you simply can't wait until Monday!), you can buy it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble .

Have a wonderful Easter everyone!


Chelle Sandell said...

I've seen pictures of your landscape before...but didn't realize you were so close you could see water!! Gorgeous! I've gotten to a point to where I need it quiet to work. I sued to have some type of background music or noise. But I'm too easily distracted now. When the weather is nice I'll go out on the porch. We live out in a rural area but have neighbors within shouting distance.

Nina Croft said...

Hi Chelle, lovely to see you! We're not actually that close (I think about 10kms as the crow...) but we're just so high up that we can see a long way!

Chloe Jacobs said...

This is so beautiful! A perfect setting to inspire writing! I'm waiting for my invitation to visit :)

Tania.F.Walsh said...

I can't agree more on setting.... I love reading stories that take me to new places, and they don't need to be fantastical worlds either. In my stories, I like to take the reader to different countries to explore something different:)

Rachel Harris said...

Sooo beautiful!! And that cover is just delicious :)

Nina Croft said...

Chloe - you're welcome anytime!

Hi Tania, I love books that take me to new places as well - but I also like the fantastical.

Hi Rachel - Luc's gorgeous, isn't he???

Poison Rose said...

Hi Nina!

Love your setting and your landscape is very exotic and beautiful! I'd love to come visit Spain someday! :)

Luc is gorgeous! Are those blue eyes on his handsome face? *drools*

Thanks for sharing about your setting and how important it is to the story.

Annie Seaton said...

Hi Nina
No wonder you write some wonderful books.. living in an exotic locale like that. Absolutely stunning!

Looking forward to your next book

Annie Seaton said...

Nina.. my typing leaves much to be desired..I meant SUCH wonderful books!

Robyn Thomas said...

Hi Nina,

I love the sound of where you live and write, and the view of the water (10km is still close!)So much inspiration at your fingertips ;-)

Robin Bielman said...

Hi Rachel and Nina! Love your pictures! I've never been to Europe and so long to visit there. I do have a nice view of the trees from my office window where I write, but I wish it was an ocean! :) I love your cover too!

bas1chs said...

I love this cover - or the guy on this cover!

I think setting is important in that the setting can act as a character. I don't think it is always required, but can help.

Thank you for sharing these pictures and your comments!

Nina Croft said...

Hi Rose (or is it Poison?) Luc's lovely isn't he? Entangled do fabulous covers but I think they outdid themselves with Luc!

Hi Annie - I'm betting your typing is much better than mine (I'm strictly two fingers)

Hi Robyn - yes the view is inspiring - sometimes too much so and I just sit and stare!

Robin - hope you get to Europe soon!

bas1chs - I love him too!

Cynthia Selwyn said...

Funny, now that you mention it. My settings almost always involve life in loud and crazy families. And those scenes of family life are important to me. (As my son sits on the counter next to my laptop and leans over to say "Bwah! Spiderman!" in my ear).

That's where I write best (not that I have a choice) and what I write best about. Though I'd love to sit by your pool and stare at the mountains, I'm afraid I'd become too relaxed and never write. Probably because I'd be lulled to sleep by the peace and quiet.

Sigh. :)

Nina Croft said...

Cyn - I have the utmost respect for people who manage to write with children around. And as for people that have jobs and children... you're saints.

Mind you, I often have to write with a pig gnawing at my ankle - that has to count for something!

Jennifer Probst said...

Sigh, absolutely gorgeous!! Setting is so important to a book, and oh the fun of research! One of the reasons I love being a writer - congrats on the wonderful release Nina!

KathrynB said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! Especially since the high today here is 47F! What a joke of an April! I want some of your sun please! Maybe I'll escape with your Italian this weekend, as long as he stays well away from cold England!

Congrats on the beautiful cover and debut. Can't wait to read it!

Nina Croft said...

Hi Jennifer, yeah, research could be so good - I'll make a list of places I really need to visit - actually I've always fancied a trip up the Amazon - now what could a billionaire be doing up there?

Thank you, Kathryn, actually though - it's pretty cold here right now - probably because we're on the top of a mountain. But the sun is shining!

bn100 said...

Very nice pictures. I think setting is important, especially if it's well-known place.