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Saturday 15 August 2015

Darklight On ... Nicole Murphy

Today's Darklight On is ... Nicole Murphy,
Welcome, Nicole


When a series is done…

In July, the third book of the Jorda Series, ‘Protecting her Heart’, was released.

I had such a ball writing the three books in this SF romance trilogy. It was a long time coming – I first conceived of the idea somewhere around 1983! The characters had me from the start, but it took a long time to find the story that best suited them. W

When I did, the stories just poured out of me. Even ‘Protecting her Heart’, the hardest of the three because I didn’t know I was going to write it until I did, was one of my most enjoyable writing experiences.

So when it’s all done, and the stories are finished – it can be a bit of a let down. I adored working in that world. I can still see potential in it. But sometimes you have to drop something and walk away, because to stay there too long will be overkill.

Which makes the fact the very next book I wrote was related to my very first trilogy (the urban fantasy ‘Dream of Asarlai’) somewhat of a hypocrisy. But it had always been my plan that there would be six books set in the Gadda world (in fact with the novella there’s going to be seven, and there’s been a couple of short stories too) and I knew that what I was doing was fresh and interesting.

And there had been several years between the publication of the first trilogy, and working on the second trilogy. So it felt more like returning to a place I’d loved and finding out it was still cool to visit, rather than sticking somewhere because I was scared to move on.

It’s been great to sink back into that world again. I don’t have to create anything else – it all exists, full and ripe and ready for me to play in. So I can let my characters loose, let them do what they need to do, and enjoy it all happening in what is to me a real, settled place.

Who knows – maybe in a few years, inspiration will strike about Planet Jorda and I’ll head back there again and see what has changed, and what has stayed the same. In the meantime, it’s Sclossin and the world of the magical Gadda that now has me entranced.

Except for the cool new idea that’s buzzing in my mind. The idea I can’t start working on for more than a year because of commitments.

Anyone know how we’re going with that cloning thing?



Nicole Murphy is the author of the ‘Dream of Asarlai’ urban fantasy trilogy and the ‘Jorda’ SF romance trilogy. As Elizabeth Dunk, she writes contemporary romance and erotica. She lives in Queanbeyan with her husband Tim and their budgie Freddy.

You can find out more about Nicole at her Website or follow her on Twitter

You can find links to buy the Jorda series of SF romance here: Escape Publishing

Or buy the Dream of Asarlai trilogy here: HarperCollins 

Thanks, Nicole


  1. The Jorda series sounds fabulous, Nicole. Will have to check it out, and the Dream of Asarlai trilogy.

  2. Thanks Shelley. Please let me know what you think of them.


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