Bio

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I was born in 1964 in the seaside town of Margate, Kent. I was the fifth child in a family of painters. As a child, I talked constantly and when forbidden to talk (at school, for example), I wrote.
In my mid twenties, I moved to France and while earning a living in IT, I started working part-time on my first novel – a task that was initiated (and abandoned) many, many times. Finally, in 2001, I finished a gay fiction title called 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye. A friend at The Times told me that I should get it published, which was unexpected to say the least. I truly hadn’t considered it good enough.

For a few years I tried to find a publisher or an agent, but it was a hopeless, thankless, depressing task so I gave up and self published the book with Lulu.com.
To my surprise, it sold well, becoming one of the UK’s best selling gay fiction titles.

By 2010, five novels later, I felt that I had said all I wanted to in the gay fiction genre, so I decided to write my own take on the popular Chicklit genre, instead.
Still unable to find a publisher, I self published The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend on Amazon’s then brand-new Kindle platform. The response was truly astounding. The book went to #1 and sold over 300,000 copies, and the sequel, The French House, did even better. I followed these up with two Family Saga titles, The Half-Life of Hannah (2013), and Other Halves(2014)The Half-Life of Hannah went on to become the 4th bestselling indy title of all time in Amazon’s UK kindle store.

My 2015 title The Photographer’s Wife reached #1 in the UK chart and sold over 180,000 copies, and my 2016 title The Other Son reached #3 and has so far sold almost 100,000 copies (as of writing it is still in the top 100).

From these successes came a slew of international deals, so now The Case of the Missing Boyfriend has been translated into Italian (L’ambigue vérità del cuoré) and The Photographer’s Wife into French (La femme du Photographe).
The Half-life of Hannah and Other Halves have both been #1 hits in Norway, and The Other Son is currently being translated into Turkish, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

All in all, I have sold over a million copies of my novels (ebook and paperback) and Amazon have stated that I’m the 3rd bestselling indy author in the UK.

Having finally obtained mainstream publishing contracts for The Case of the Missing Boyfriend, The French House and The Half-Life of Hannah, and having been thoroughly disappointed by the process, I returned to self publishing in 2014, a process I find to be far more profitable and above all much more fun than “mainstream” publishing.

My new novel, Let the Light Shine, a family drama will be released on the 30th of September, 2016.

33 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I am really enjoying reading your books, Nick, and am currently reading The French House, my 5th! Have recommended you to my family and friends. Thank you.

  2. I absolutely loved the 50 Reasons series – I had to read them one after the other to find out what would happen to Mark next. How do you do it? – Mark thinks the same things, often feels the same way as me…so much so I had to pull myself up occasionally and think ‘do I do that?’ (!) Perhaps Mark has a bit of that everyman/woman? My favourite was Better than Easy because it had that dilemma of risking it all (I suppose there’s a bit of us all that wants to run off into the sunset sometimes) and also because I loved Ricardo’s attitude about himself – he doesn’t label, he’s just Ricardo.
    As someone writing gay fiction myself, I’ve read widely, but I have to say you knock the published ‘opposition’ out there into a cocked hat! (Don’t you love that phrase?!). You know when you’ve read a great book/series and you get to the end and you feel a bit lost and know you’ll miss characters that feel like friends. Thank you for the laughter and occasional tear Nick. Bless you xx

  3. Just finished your latest, The photographers wife, it’s fabulous. I’ve read all of your books. It’s up there with the best, I’ve got several favourites from you but this one has left me emotionally drained but in a good way. It is so heartfelt but that’s the beauty of your books, they feel so real. I feel like I know you & the charectors in your novels. Can’t wait for the next one, no pressure but hope you are soon bored & writing again.

    • Hi Jo,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m already working on the next one, but they generally take me about a year, so there may be a bit of a wait!
      In the meantime, don’t forget to post those Amazon reviews!
      Nick xxx

  4. Hi
    I’ve read all your books and enjoyed them all. The fifty reasons were my favourites and I agree with a previous comment about the characters feeling as though they are your friends. I’d love to see the series made into a film. I think it would be great!

    .

  5. Hello Nick, You’ve probably been asked this question a hundred times, but as a debutant author on Amazon I’m really interested in how you first marketed your books and created an author brand. Kind Regards, Dougie.

    • Hi Dougie,
      No real secrets to share, I’m afraid, except a slow, continuous slog over many years on social media, and through using any channel I could think of including magazine reviews, public readings etc. It’s like moving a mountain. You just have to do a bit more shovelling every day and never get discouraged.
      xxx

  6. Thanks so much for the quick reply Nik. Most of the authors I have spoken to have given similar advice. It certainly has been a learning curve. Like everyone else I could have decorated my entire house with rejection letters and there are times when it feel like I’m shovelling that mountain with a spoon but I’ve found the indie community to be amazingly helpful and always willing to give advice which is heartening. Thanks again Nik.
    Kind Regards,
    Dougie McHale

  7. Discovered The Half Life of Hannah and I’m hooked on your books.
    I love the variation of your writing style and subjects .
    I’m not a chicklit gal but your interpretation totally suits the genre of books I tend read.
    I’ve read the Hannah books and Photographers wife – quickly becoming a favourite author.

  8. Hi Nick

    I’ve just devoured The Other Son, having loved the style of The Photographer’s Wife.

    I can see I’ve got a few more choices for my next download and sure I’ll read them all, but where do you recommend I go next? 🙂

    I love the fact that your writing is so easy to read, I like a challenge sometimes, but mostly I prefer to find myself totally lost in a book which is what’s happened with yours. I can see faces, locations, even the pets in The Other Son, so thank you! 🙂 🙂

    Karen x

    • Hi Karen,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.
      It makes me so happy to hear from people who are enjoying my books.
      Please do write a short amazon review if you can find the time 😉
      As for your next read, I’m not sure. You could perhaps try The Half-Life of Hannah and sequel, Other Halves. Or The Case of the Missing Boyfriend + The French House. Do let me know how you get on. xxx

      • Amazon review written and have just bought 13:55 Eastern Standard Time, The Other Son bonus and The Half Life of Hannah…

        I’m supposed to be working! 🙂

        x

  9. The Other Son was the result of a random find on Kindle. A great read an such a pleasure to find loads of really good dialogue. Now on to The Photographers Wife. Enjoyed your BREXIT blog – now what?

  10. Just finished La Femme du Photographe. C’est formidable!!!!! 5 étoiles!!!This is my first reading of your works and I loved it, to the point I couldn’t stop thinking about it hours after I’d finished it. THAT is a good measure of a book’s success. I could have read it in English but it’s so much more interesting to read things in French and keeps “the little grey cells” more active. I will surrender to reading the English-only titles because I like your work enough to read it in English, and I very much look forward to The Other Son currently being translated in French. Maybe you’ll start writing in French from now on.

    So much of what I’ve read in this life had been professional or spiritual, and reading your work is a late night vacation, a mystery without blood, gore or terror, thank you very much.

    Many great blessings and success on your creative endeavors. I want to enjoy them all!
    Carell Zaehn (pronounced Carol Zahn)

  11. I am really enjoying your books, Nick. I really love the variety – The Missing Boyfriend, The Other Son and The Photographer’s Wife, all by the same author – what a treat! I love the detailed characters, and you are also pretty good at authentic plots and descriptions of place. There is an element of the poignancy of Anne Tyler in your novels – do you read her books? what kinds of novels do you like? I teach creative writing, and am always looking of examples of good writing to recommend to my students. Consider yourself on the recommended list 🙂

  12. Hi, been reading your books for years but this is the first time I’ve found my way to your website. There’s only a dash between you and a scary american televangelist- found him first. However, I need to tell you something- when Let the Light Shine came out I was up til 5am finishing the bloody thing! You’re far too good. And very relevant.

    PS so sorry to hear about Paloma. When I first met her in Fifty Reasons I had no idea she was still around til recently.

    • Hi Willow. I’m so glad you enjoyed Let the Light Shine. Sorry about the evangelist scare and the lack of sleep! Still missing Paloma every day, but such is the nature of love and life and loss. xxx

  13. Hi Nick, I started reading 50 Reasons and followed up each novel released. I now need to go back and revisit them all. The Hannah series I read sometime ago and re read during early 2016. Due to a backlog of novels I have still not begun Let the Light Shine 😖. Once Christmas is over and January is a lack lustre month usually, I will begin my treat. I love words, have written things in the past but never brave enough to actually ‘write’. I love your style in story, clothes and life wise. Your Christmas tale, saddened me, lifted me, reminded me (of my departed brother and his cats) 💕, moved me, made me smile but most of all made me appreciate the beautiful small things in life, especially snow. As for the huge things running amok in this world, who needs to be reminded of them too often, off goes the news, on goes the music, out come my crayons and books, bliss…….. thank you Nick. Happy Christmas to you Lolo, Patti and Mangy and Paloma wherever she is, smiling down x

    • Thanks for the lovely message, Angela.
      I hope you’re well and that you enjoyed the latest tome!
      I’m pretty sure I replied at Christmas, but as it seems to have vanished, here it is again! Nick. Xxxx

  14. Greetings Nick,

    I have just discovered your novels this morning in Sydney…Amazon sent me an email and I checked them out and bought 5 immediately. Now I am well into The Other Brother and cant put it down. Thank you for persevering. Your bio notes are interesting as well. I paint, like your family, but wish I could write too, (even tho it is said “a picture paints a thousand words”). Keep on keeping on – and thank you!

    Sandy

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