5 Minutes with Nicola Cornick

Nicola Cornick is an international bestselling and award-winning novelist who has written over thirty historical romances and historical mysteries in a career spanning twenty years. Her books sell in over twenty five countries, have been translated into many languages and been published in multiple formats including e-book, audio and manga. Nicola is the current chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association UK.


What was the last book you read?

Mr Doubler begins again by Seni Glaister. It’s such a beautifully written book and so funny and poignant. I’m urging all my family and friends to read it.

What’s next on your reading list?

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. I’ve just started it and I love the combination of history and geography that gives you a completely different perspective on politics. It’s fascinating.

Which writer would you have loved to have met and why?

Daphne Du Maurier’s writing has been a huge influence on me and I would love to have met her and chatted about her ideas and inspiration.

Which is your favourite bookshop or e-bookstore and why?

The Hungerford Bookshop, a fabulous independent where they love matching readers to books and chatting about recommendations. They are hugely supportive of authors as well.

Name your favourite app and why

I love Monument Valley. It’s beautiful, imaginative storytelling.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure

I don’t look on any pleasures as guilty ones! I love 70s disco.

Which great novel have you tried to read but failed?

Quite a few, of which one was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Tell us about a passion you have outside the business.

I support the Guide Dog Association as a guide dog puppy walker and My Guide volunteer.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. His books awoke in me a love of legend, folklore and fantasy that has never left me.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

If I’m not walking the dogs I’ll be hanging out around some historical site or other in the name of research!


Nicola joins London Book & Screen Week 2019 to host a sparkling discussion with internationally bestselling author Sarah Morgan, followed by a screening of the hit rom com, In Her Shoes. The evening is held in partnership with the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Book your spot here: https://lbsw-romcom.eventbrite.co.uk

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