Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Three Daves tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, author Nicki Elson has dropped by to tell you all about her inspiration for writing Three Daves and there is an event-wide giveaway. If you would like to check out the rest of the stops on the tour just click here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday 🙂
Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it… and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order…
INSPIRATION TO WRITE THREE DAVES By Nicki Elson
My main inspiration to write Three Daves came from a lingering idea that had played in my head for years—the idea of a backwards romance, or intimacy out of order. I pictured a practical girl who wanted to gain some experience in a safe, trusting environment and the guy who was willing to oblige. I imagined their feelings for each other becoming more than either wanted them to be, and it was my curiosity to know how they got there and how they’d deal with those feelings that kept the storyline alive and ever-developing in my mind.
What got me to actually sit down and spend the hours and months it took to write the novel was my yearning for my own college years. I wanted to escape back to that time of unique freedom in which I was out from under the watchful eyes of my parents but still free from many of the obligations of adult life. So there are plenty of parties and good times in Three Daves and lots of stupid decisions made by the characters—because I believe those mistakes teach us far more than any professor ever could.
Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Her published works include Three Daves, a light-hearted romantic romp through a 1980s college campus, Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, and short stories “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire).
Up for grabs are three (3) eCopies of Three Daves: all formats are available and the sweepstakes is open internationally. All you need to do to enter for your chance to win is click on the cute little ‘copter below 🙂