Book Blurb/Synopsis – Cinderella meets Swan Lake in a cross-class, Victorian novel about a ballerina, an aristocrat, and the space in between them.
Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainswith and Lord De Vale.
Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette's youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.
Thank you, Mrs. Nicole Hurley-Moore
How different is to write Historical Romance?
I’ve always loved writing historical romances. I find it easier to do and I’m more comfortable writing historical than a contemporary story.
How do you build the journey when the destination, the happy ending, is known?
I love happy endings because of the romance, love and the potential for the characters to have a wonderful life ahead of them. However it is the journey to that point which is (in my opinion) the important thing. We want to see the characters grow through adversity and triumph until they ‘earn’ their happiness. If a boy meets a girl and they live happily ever after – that’s sweet but we don’t really care. It’s the journey that reveals the characters hopes goals, dreams and makes us want them to succeed.
I always know my story will have a happy ending, it’s always how I get my characters there that is the interesting part.
Dancing on Air is about Victorian time, about ballet and about the life in a big theatre. How important is for the story to actually know everything about them, or at least enough, to convey their true spirit?
The time period, theatre and ballet are all integral parts of the story. Through research and growing up around old theatres, I hope I have been able to portray a snippet of what it could have been like for a dancer in that era.
What are the characteristics of the (true) love in your story?
One of the main characteristics of Dancing on Air is a Cinderella story – a forbidden love that crosses the social strata.
What differentiates a good Historical Romance from a bad one?
A good historical romance should be sympathetic to the time period.
This or that
Past or present time - Past
Fantasy or Real world - Fantasy
Black and white or shadows - Shadows
Clean ending or Cliffhanger – Clean Ending
Love triangle or… not – can I pick both???
Western or Eastern for the sets of the stories - Western
Happy ending or… not – Happy Endings
First or third POV// one or alternative POV – Alternative POV
Involvement or observation - Observation
Resignation or hope - Hope
About the author:
Nicole has always been a lover of fairy tales, history and romance. She grew up in Melbourne and has travelled extensively, whilst living her life through the romance of books. Her first passion in life has always been her family, but after studying and achieving a History degree and Honours in Medieval Literature, she devoted her time to writing historical romance.
She is a full time writer who lives in the Central Highlands of Victoria with her family, where they live in the peaceful surrounds of a semi‐rural town.