Please introduce yourself and your book(s)
My name is Nicole Banks. I am a native New Yorker who loves cats, ice coffee, warm water, and yoga. I’ve been writing since as long as I can remember and music has always fueled it.
I Deliver Sinful Delights with a dash of suspense and a little darkness to keep you up at night.—I’ve written a few mafia romances, (The Tesoro series, The Council Series, and A Family Affair). A dystopian novella (Ad Remedium) A paranormal romance (Possessed By Lust) Romantic suspense novels (The Shattered Hearts series and Bound To You) and a poetry book (A Mind Seduction).
Tell us about the characters and relationships in your stories
My characters are raw and real. They’re passionate and a little crazy (the best kind of crazy).
A lot of my readers come back and say how they can see someone they know in my characters or they felt like the knew them in real life. The characters connect the readers to a story in the way a good friend comes to you to tell their story.
I feel like the relationships in my stories are either messy or come with ease. I have couples that go through everything to claw their way back to one another. I have other couples that just connect in a way that is as unconscious as breathing—they just fit. I write suspense so a lot of outside forces put weight on the relationships and it’s up to my characters to navigate that weight.
What lessons could readers learn about real-world relationships from your novel(s)?-That it’s okay to be vulnerable—it’s okay to lay the walls you’ve built up around yourself down and accept help when it’s offered. That communication is key. The more we talk to each other about our wants and needs and our boundaries, the better we can navigate our relationships.
What real-life relationship experiences, observations or insights have influenced your writing?
All of my writing has a bit of truth to it. I like to take from real world experiences (mine and others) to fill the characters I write about. Every miscommunication, every declaration of love and trials find their way into my work. It gives some realness to the fiction.
Are there any relationship themes or topics you want to cover in future releases?
I would probably want to cover owning up to and healing from trauma that can impact a relationship. Seeing someone want better for themselves and in turn better for their “spouse.”