Nicola May was made redundant from her event management job, and she resorted to a variety of temping jobs to make ends meet. This became the inspiration for her first novel, Working It Out. Unable to find a publisher, she published that novel herself, achieving the rare distinction of getting it stocked in Waterstones, and went on to self-publish eight more novels, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Her novels Christmas Spirit and The School Gates won Best Author-Published Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and 2014, while Love Me Tinder was ebook of the week in the Sun. Her ninth novel, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, became the bestselling Kindle book in the UK in January 2019.