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Women in Horror Month- Meet Natasha Ewendt!

To continue with this month’s theme, and introduce you to women who write books in the horror realm, I’d like to introduce you to Natasha Ewendt! 

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1. What genre are your books?

Well, so far I’ve only had the one published, but I write mostly in the realm of the macabre. My first novel This Freshest Hell is a paranormal horror, as will be the sequel and the third book (both WIPs), though the second and third books are very different to the first and to each other, with a few more sci-fi elements thrown in. I’m working on several other dark fiction projects, and strangely enough, a romance – a doomed romance, of course.

2. Where did the idea for your first book come from?

I remember the start date for writing the book, because it’s pretty hard to forget – Friday the 13th of July, 2007. I had an RDO from work, and rather than watch morning TV as I’d rather papercut my eyeballs, I had music clips playing while I went about my morning routine and AFI’s Miss Murder clip came on. I’m not averse to what most people disparagingly call emo music – like most music and social movements, I think it was highly misunderstood and maligned by the mainstream. Watching the clip I was struck with a creative idea: what if there was some kind of spooky entity you could call on to take your life? I grabbed my pen and notebook, and Lily and Maggie burst into life faster than I could keep up with them.

3. What are you currently working on?

The sequel to This Freshest Hell, as well as the third book in the series, and a few even darker books, novellas and short stories.

4. Where do your book covers come from?

My publisher Linda Nix at Lacuna Publishing designed my book cover and allowed me to have input into the process. I wanted something simple with a single “impact” graphic, possibly something in a classic gothic style like a gargoyle to match the gargoyle statue in the book’s island mansion. During the writing process I’d considered using the picture of Arachne from Greek mythology that features in Gustave Doré’s illustration for Dante’s Purgatorio of the Divine Comedy series, as the Arachine goddess/demon character in This Freshest Hell is loosely based on Arachne. I never told this to my publisher, but then one day during the production process I opened my emails to find a cover draft with that very picture. Pretty cool!

5. Where do you see your writing career five years from now?

Two words: Bestseller list. Two more words: I wish!

6. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

When the idea first hits like a bolt and you’re creating a whole other world inside your own head and translating it onto paper/screen, and you just have to hang on for the ride.

7. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

Editing. Euchhh. The first edit’s not so bad – maybe because with a first novel, you’re editing it yourself (hopefully) before it’s been accepted and you have time to fiddle, or maybe because you sort of have absolutely no idea what you’re doing and you don’t realise just how much chaff you should be tossing out. The second edit’s getting slightly annoying because you’ve done some more research and you’ve come to realise it’s going to be a much bigger job that you thought to make this thing shine. Then by the third edit, you’ve got your literary machete out and you’re mercilessly chopping left and right, because well, you’re starting to get a little bit sick of reading the same book, even if it is yours. Then comes the fourth and however many other edits you want to do depending on how much of a perfectionist you are. Then, the publisher’s edits, which hopefully shouldn’t be too huge if you’ve already edited yourself harshly and had an editor look at it previously. By the end of it all you have absolutely no recollection of why you thought it would be “fun” to write a book, and you’re pretty sure if you have to read it one more time your eyes will fizz and melt. But, it all becomes worth it when you’re holding it in your hands.

8. How do you write? Outlining, a few short notes that become a book, just sit down and write, etc?

In a word, shambolically. I have to admit my “process” isn’t much of a process and it’s lot like everything else in my life – mostly a system of entropy. When I get an idea, I write it down – then at some stage in the future I smoosh all the bits of scribble together, connect the dots and fill in the blanks. I work as a journalist and copyeditor so I don’t often get the chance to just sit down and write. I have to grab on to the inspiration when it hits (usually around midnight, of course), or make time when I have a particular project or passage I have to finish. I have this lingering ideal, as I suspect many writers do, that someday I’ll have a nice old white house on the beach with a big garden and a sunroom where I can sit and write all day and someone will occasionally bring me tea. Someday…

9. What message do you want your readers to take away from your books?

Good question. Mostly my work is about shining a light on the dark side of human nature, and I don’t know that there’s a terribly positive message in that. If I had to delve, I’d say I wrote This Freshest Hell to give the other misfits out there something to relate to, so they know they’re not alone.

10. What do you want to say, personally, to your readers right now?

Sorry for the nightmares! I’m yet to encounter someone who didn’t have nightmares about the vampires, werewolves, ghosts, skeleton thingy or spider-demon-god-thingy. Also, if you want to discuss the book, get in touch with me on Facebook or Goodreads – happy to answer questions or chat.

 

Fun Questions

 

1. If you were only allowed to read one book for the rest of your life, what would that book be?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

2. If you could be any book character, who would you want to be?

Michonne from The Walking Dead graphic novels. She is badass. And I want her sword.

3. If you could be anything at all, overnight, what career other than being an author would you choose?

Rock star!

4. What one item could you not live without?

My notebook – the actual paper real thing – to catch all my crazy little thoughts that turn into book bits.

5. Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mother 

Favorites

Color?

Indigo

Number?

0

Book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Holiday?

Sydney and Byron Bay. There’s nothing quite like the Aussie east coast vibe.

Animal?

Echidna (Australia’s version of porcupine)

Song?

PDA by Interpol. I’ve been addicted to it for years now and it never gets old – especially the go-go rock explosion at the end.

Band/Artist?

Interpol

Month?

November

Season?

Spring 

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Description

Dark secrets shared …

Dark spells invoked …

Death desired and death defied …

Goth Maggie and misfit Lily unite against school, family, society, normality and life itself. But can they fight the darkness within?

When Maggie moves to the small town of Groveside, Tasmania, she and Lily become fast friends, discovering they have more in common than their taste in alternative music: a disdain for all things “normal”, along with psychic abilities and the same dark secret. The girls’ rebellion culminates in a dalliance with the dark arts that could have eternal consequences. When those consequences come to bear a decade later, they are plunged into the demon world. Suddenly the darkness within and blood lust become literal matters of life and death. A new world of darkness forces them to question what they really value — including each other, and life itself.

TFH features all things supernatural from gods and demons to vampires and werewolves. But it’s not just a paranormal horror novel – it’s a powerful exploration of the dark side of human nature and the search for life’s meaning.

 

Buy This Freshest Hell in paperback and ebook format at all online stores, order it from your local bookstore, or download it via apps like iBooks, Kobo and Nook.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17901427-this-freshest-hell

http://www.amazon.com/This-Freshest-Hell-Natasha-Ewendt/dp/1922198064

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Freshest-Hell-Natasha-Ewendt-Perfect-Book-English-/130921856400

Connect with Natasha at:

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/natasha.ewendt

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7082805.Natasha_Ewendt

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/NEwendt

 

Thanks so much, Natasha! It was wonderful learning more about you and your work, and good luck with your works in progress! 

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My Interview With Author L.I. Adams!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to someone who is not just an author, but a treasured friend. The author of Poaching Bliss as well as Poaching Bliss: Justice Served, author L.I. Adams. 

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1. What genre are your books?

I don’t really think I have a specific genre. My books tend to mimic real-life so there’s a bit of everything in them from horror to romance to paranormal to action-thriller to …

 

2. Where did the idea for your first book come from?

By first book, I’m going to presume you mean Poaching Bliss because I actually have another book that I was writing before Poaching Bliss came along. Anyway, Poaching Bliss is the by-product of an ill-fated attempt to co-write a short romance story with another indie author using one of his characters. When that attempt failed, I was left with a really kick-arse female heroine and no story; therefore I wrote a story just for her and let some close friends read it. The main comment they had was “you mention some past shared experiences so tell us how they fell in love if they never met”. Oh duh! Now they wanted me to create backgrounds for my characters so after much thought and consternation I finally got their backstories wrote but the main story now had nothing to do with the characters…Oh duh (again)…now I had to completely re-write Poaching Bliss so it actually told the story of Lady Sioux Mountain and Joshua Dane Sinclare.

 

3. What are you currently working on?

I’m actually working on two projects right now, Poaching Bliss – Book Three – Beyond Justice and Before the Beginning, a story I’ve been wanting and waiting to tell for almost fifty years.

 

4. Where do your book covers come from?

The e-version covers to the original Poaching Bliss and Justice Served books were created by Jeffrey Kosh but the new versions for print and e-format will be my creations.

 

5. Where do you see your writing career five years from now?

Oh wow! Five years from now? I always hate this kind of question because they remind me of professional career evaluations (chuckles a little here)… okay in five years I would love to see my books still in print and being read by a much larger fan base than I have right now. I’m not so sure I want to be on the cover of Time Magazine or on the New York Times best seller list but to have enough of a following to allow me to retire from my ‘night’ job and write full time.

 

6. What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Humm, my favorite part of writing – well, I guess I’d have to say the actual writing but I don’t mind the editing either. I spent a good many years writing and editing formal papers for college and corporate executives so that the whole process is just part of the job.

 

7. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

My least favorite part of the writing process is formatting the manuscripts to fit the different versions and requirements of different publishing companies. Oh, and getting the headers and footers to look right on the finished print version.

 

8. How do you write? Outlining, a few short notes that become a book, just sit down and write, etc?

In Before the Beginning, I used a time line and ‘sort of’ outline simply because the story takes place so many eons (yes, eons) ago. I needed a reference by which I could measure time and make sure it co-insided with Earth’s early history and to help keep my thoughts and characters straight. In Poaching Bliss and the rest of the PB series, I am mostly going by the seat of my pants. I did do a time line and short outline when I wrote Sioux and Josh’s background stories to make sure I kept my facts straight.  

 

9. What message do you want your readers to take away from your books?

I think there are probably a couple of messages in them. The first, everyday ordinary people can and do make a difference in this world. If you want something bad enough then you have to work to get it because for most of us life isn’t handed to us on a silver or even porcelain platter. The second, bad things can and do happen to good people every day. It’s how we choose to view and overcome those experiences that determine if we will remain victims or victors.

 

10. What do you want to say, personally, to your readers right now?

Thank you for buying and reading my books, I appreciate each and every one of you. I hope if you enjoyed my stories you will share them with your friends.

 

Fun Questions

 

1. If you were only allowed to read one book for the rest of your life, what would that book be?

If I were allowed to read only one book for the rest of my life what would it be…I’m not sure. I figure I’ve read well over twenty thousand books in my lifetime so to pick only one would be almost impossible for me.

 

2. If you could be any book character, who would you want to be?

That’s a tough one but I suppose it would be my own character, Anaiah, from Before the Beginning. She is smart, strong, almost immortal, and can do amazing things with the power of her brain.

 

3. If you could be anything at all, overnight, what career other than being an author would you choose?

I would be the sole proprietor of a fair-sized and successful Guest/Working Ranch, and of course it would be located in the Wyoming mountains someplace. (laughs)

 

4. What one item could you not live without?

I have had to do sacrifice so many physical things at one time or another in my life just so I could put food on my table that I’m not sure there is anything I could not live without anymore.

 

5. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I have four people who inspire me all the time, my parents and my best friends Jan and Olinka. They are my rocks and shoulders to cry on when I need it.

 

Favorites

 

Color? Blues and burgundies

 

Number? None

 

Book? All of them.

 

Holiday? None

 

Animal? Dogs and Cats

 

Song? Amazing Grace

 

Band/Artist? Beach Boys and Elvis Presley

 

Month? August

 

Season? Autumn 

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Description

Do you like action, thrillers, romance, and a kick ass Heroine? Poaching Bliss has of
all this and more. Sioux’s Story introduces Lady Sioux Mountain, a one-quarter Native American of Shoshone descent who was raised by her fraternal grandmothers. While on assignment as a computer forensics expert and linguist for the CIA Sioux is taken captive by a group of
terrorists. While a prisoner Sioux hears a man’s voice speaking to her in a bastardized version of the Shoshone language. In her tormented mind Sioux assumes the voice is a Spirit until she realizes the voice is another prisoner being tortured.They chant prayers together and encourage each other until the day the man is taken away.

Joshua Dane Sinclare, a son of a Montana rancher, is introduced in Josh’s Story. He knows that being a good rancher takes more than hard work – it takes money and an education. After graduating from the University of Montana Josh attends the Army War College and a special negotiation seminar where he meets and becomes friends with two Shoshone brothers. After the Embassy is bombed, Josh is taken prisoner by the slave trader and tortured. In his pain riddled mind he hears a woman chanting Native American prayers asking the Spirits for help. He answers those pleas with his own chants until the day he is taken from his cell.


The Rescue
relates Sioux’s success at finding and rescuing the man whose voice she still hears in her dreams – the man who stole her heart and helped save her sanity. The rescue is the beginning of the trouble of young couple as Sioux’s home is invaded by Catherine’s renegade army. Sioux must use her intelligence, ingenuity, and computer expertise to outwit and outfight the enemy while saving the life of Josh.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.-I.-Adams/e/B00ASDCWGY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Author’s Website: http://www.liadams-author.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaIAdams?ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ladylioness1950

Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to seeing many more releases from you in the future! 

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Five Questions With Author Aiden James!

Today I’m honored to share this mini-interview from Aiden James! He was kind enough to take the time to answer 5 questions so you all can get to know him a bit better in honor of the release of The Dragon Coin, 4th in the Judas Chronicles! And stay tuned for links for where to go for more, including his Amazon author page, so you can pick up your copy of Destiny of Coins FREE today until midnight PST. 

Image1.  When you first started writing, how did the process develop for you- outlining, just started writing, born from a single idea, etc.?

*** Great Question, Kay.

I started with a paragraph and started stacking them together. I had a general idea of what I wanted to say, and once I got rolling with the paragraphs, I ended up with what is still part of The Forgotten Eden, although miniscule. I put together an outline for a terrible children’s book, and entitled it “The Adventures of Little Jack”. 

After Fiona panned it, I was forced to decide if I really wanted to write stories or if I would continue in my original first love, writing songs. I went back to songs, but the writing bug bite was already in place, and over the course of the next few years, that terrible children’s story became a novel, entitled “The Golden Talisman”(What would be considered the grandparent to The Forgotten Eden, which will be re-released with Curiosity Quills in two weeks).

 

2. Where do you see your writing career in five years?

*** Hopefully still writing books. J

I am branching out into new ideas and partnerships…this year alone will see my book total nearly double from 13 books by the end of 2012 to 25 before January 2014. It is quite possible that with all of the new co-authored books I’m engaged in, the total will rise above 100 books five years from now. By that time, all of my current series should be complete, and new ones will hopefully sprout up in the next few years.

 

3. What message do you want your readers to glean from your writing?

***A message of hope. J

That no matter how bad things can get, there is a way to rise above all obstacles. I am a huge believer in positive energy—even though I write about horrific things. And, I am a sucker for happy endings…But there will be some sad endings to a few of my series, or at least bitter sweet.

 

4. What’s next for you in the world of books?

***Another great question, and one not so easy to answer.

With the release of The Dragon Coin, it will mark my fourth release this summer (Treasure of the Deep, Murder in Whitechapel, and Curse of Stigmata preceded the 4th Judas Chronicles installment). Three brand new series are about to start. One is a serial with Curiosity Quills entitled Mind’s Eye, and these will likely be very small books (about ten thousand words), and will number about twenty five ‘files’ that we should see released in the next two years. Lots of international intrigue with this one, and reminds be in ways of a supernatural Bourne Identity type of deal…but even that doesn’t do this one justice. It will be lots of fun

“The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt” is another new series, co-written with Lisa Collicutt, and I have very high hopes for it—and could have quite a few installments. The heart of this series is the true nature of good and evil, and centers around an evil plantation owner who comes back to life 150 years later…but as a good man, due to a hoodoo curse. His past—and past self—are at war with him. These are in the new book length of 50,000 to 60,000 words, which the industry is moving towards.

Another great new series is coming out with James Wymore, and is is a SciFi series dealing with a superimposed reality over much of the world. Yeah, I know…sounds like it has been done before. But never like this, where various book genres take over geographic areas. Yes, this means if you are traveling to San Diego, you might get transformed into an Ork…very cool premise. The first book is entitled “The Acuator”

Also, there will be another Nick Caine Adventure coming this summer, entitled “Pyramid of the Gods”. That one should see the light of day in August.

Rounding things up are the re-release of The Talisman Chronicles via Curiosity Quills this summer, with book Three in the works with Mike Robinson. Richard Roberts is co-authoring the next Cades Cove book (due in October), and Michelle Wright and I have another Judas Reflections book coming this fall and also a futuristic zombie treat.

Oh, and there will be one more Judas book near Christmas time, where William Barrow and company take on an evil force behind the Nazi movement that is lurking in wait for an encore of horror upon the earth.

Whew!

 

5. What message do you have for your readers, personally?

*** I am forever in your debt! J

Without your incredible support of what I do, it could all end tomorrow. So, I treat my responsibility to creating the best books possible very seriously. An, I am not content with what I have created thus far…. You all can count on me to strive to get better and better at the craft, so that you will remain pleased with what I deliver to you. J

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Free of the threat of Viktor Kaslow, William Barrow (aka Judas Iscariot) is tantalizingly close to finally having the life he has dreamed of with Beatrice and Alistair. A life blessed with youthful optimism and renewed companionship–things he once feared were forever lost. But such optimism is short lived. An ancient menace far worse than Kaslow has successfully tracked William and Roderick to Virginia, after hunting the pair for nearly five hundred years. Hailing from the older kingdoms of Europe, this new threat once gained notoriety as the cruelest tyrant in recorded history. 

Vlad Tepes. 

Better known as Vlad the Impaler, and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this ruthlessly cruel immortal carries an unquenchable thirst for torture, slavery, and bloodletting–in addition to a longstanding grudge against William and Roderick. Yet, vengeance is not what spurs the wicked vampire to force this reunion. Instead, the lure of eternal youth and freedom from the sun’s blistering rays are what pull the real Dracul from his secluded island castle in the Adriatic Sea. 

Dracul’s lifeline to immortality is tied to a blood coin–one that William is reluctant to pursue. However, once faced with dire alternatives between long-standing friendships, the welfare of his family, and the threat of bondage upon the entire world, there is no other choice. 

Find the Dragon Coin…or pay the ultimate price.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Coin-Judas-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00DPVP5ME/ref=la_B004U3TIU6_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373034769&sr=1-13

Aiden’s Links

http://www.amazon.com/Aiden-James/e/B004U3TIU6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 ***Go HERE to find Destiny of Coins FREE today only***

http://www.aidenjamesfiction.com

http://www.twitter.com/AidenJames3

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aiden-James-Paranormal-Author/18687611470374

Thank you, Aiden, so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions. We all look forward to seeing what you come up with next! 

 

 

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My Interview With Author Trish Marie Dawson!

 

 

 

A day late and a dollar short! This week, running behind, is my interview with Trish Marie Dawson, a truly wonderful author. She writes The Station series, and has just released the third installment this week. Without further ado, here’s the interview! Image

 

1. What genre are your books? They range from YA/NA to Adult Fantasy.

 

2. Where did the idea for your first book come from? The ideas for all of my books generally come from dreams. I write them all down so I can go back and use them later for stories.

 

3. What are you currently working on? Right now I’m ALMOST ready to publish the third book in my Station Series. Once it is released, I’ll start work on something new before diving into the third book of my other series.

 

4. Where do your book covers come from? I’ve had two people help me with my covers…one is a dear friend who has done all my covers for me, with the exception of ‘The Well Collector’, which was done by the lovely Miranda Stork.

 

5. Where do you see your writing career five years from now? Oh wow…I guess I see it as thriving! Right now I can pay bills with my writing income but it would be nice to have enough to live off of. One day. 😉

 

6. What is your favorite part of the writing process? Probably publishing – I love to get them out there. But as for the actual ‘writing’ part, perhaps the beginning, when I have to do my research and name characters and figure out where the plot will go.

 

7. What is your least favorite part of the writing process? Editing. Just…YUCK.

 

8. How do you write? Outlining, a few short notes that become a book, just sit down and write, etc? I have to figure out names and places, after I have notes for all of that, I just start writing. BUT as I get further into the story, an outline, even if it’s just a loose one, is beneficial for sure.

 

9. What message do you want your readers to take away from your books? I guess it depends on which book they read! LOL For my Station Series, the story is about a young woman who has committed suicide but is given another chance by redeeming herself later. I hope readers don’t see suicide as an option, but as the painful experience it is for the victim and their family. I also want those who have lost someone to suicide, as I have, to imagine them in a better place…free of pain and doing something that makes them happy. My other books are much lighter and I just hope that readers are entertained and lost in the story line.

 

10. What do you want to say, personally, to your readers right now? I love each and every one of them. Truly. Without someone reading my books, they wouldn’t be as much fun to continue writing. I love my job and would do it regardless of what others thought, but knowing people really enjoy my books is so rewarding.

 

Fun Questions

 

1. If you were only allowed to read one book for the rest of your life, what would that book be? ONE? Oh wow. I don’t think I could pick one. I couldn’t do it. Picking just ONE would violate the Book Lover Code.

 

2. If you could be any book character, who would you want to be? Yikes, this is hard too! I think I’d have to make this a blanket statement and just say I’d love to be a female character in any book with a hot male lead. It’s Fiction…anything could happen! LOL

 

3. If you could be anything at all, overnight, what career other than being an author would you choose? I’d still want to be some sort of Artist. A Photographer perhaps.

 

4. What one item could you not live without? My Burt’s Bees chapstick.

 

5. Who is your biggest inspiration? My children.

 

Favorites

 

Color? Blue

 

Number? 7

 

Book? O.O

 

Holiday? St. Patty’s Day

 

Animal? O.O

 

Song? Right now that would probably be Radioactive.

 

Band/Artist? ^^^ Imagine Dragons – for today.

 

Month? June

 

Season? Fall

 

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Dying to Return is the 3rd book in the YA/NA Fantasy, The Station Series. Piper Willow’s adventure in the afterlife continues as she struggles to discover who she is and what is expected of her. Faced with decisions that could change everything, she must weigh her desire to be with the ones she has come to love, or satisfy her curiosity and find out what lies beyond her world with someone new. What Piper experiences and the choices she makes could not only alter the delicate inner workings of the Station, but the delicate balance that Piper has managed to maintain inside herself. In the end, will it all be worth it?

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/writertrishmariedawson 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson

Blog: http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/

 Dying to Forget – the first in The Station Series, is FREE online. Be sure to grab your copy from Amazon or Smashwords. The second book in the series, Dying to Remember, is also available online.

 

Thank you so much for joining me today! I’m personally looking forward to grabbing your latest release! 

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My Interview With Author Natalie Gibson!

I’m starting something new here, and I hope you’re as excited as I am! Every Friday I’ll feature a new author. To kick it off, let’s start with author Natalie Gibson! She’s the author of the Sinnis series, a series I’m a huge fan of. She’s also writing the Carrier Trilogy, which is a fascinating trip in time, as well as the erotic short series, Mount Haven Quickies. Without further ado, here’s my interview with Natalie Gibson! 

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1. What genre are your books? That’s a tough one.  Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Horror, Sci-fi – but they are all filled with action and adventure.  That’s what I like to read so that’s what I write.

2. Where did the idea for your first book come from? Well, Ishtar Bound was my first but it didn’t start out as a PNR.  It was a Contemporary Romance based on my meeting and falling in love with my husband.  About half way through I changed everything and added magic and boom – the books of Sinnis were born.

3. What are you currently working on? I am writing the sequel to Hateful Burden, a gaslight era paranormal horror, called Wretched Blood.  I am also working on a Sinnis Short Story and a stand-alone vampire novel.

4. Where do your book covers come from? I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man who encourages me and helps with anything he can.  He did all 5 covers for the Sinnis Books and all 4 Mount Haven Quickies.  I have a wonderful team at Blue Harvest Creative who did Hateful Burden.  They will do Wretched Blood and any other book not in the Sinnis series or Mount Haven Quickies.  They are now my official design team.

5. Where do you see your writing career five years from now? Oh, man.  It’s hard to say.  I would LIKE to be working full time as a writer instead of it being a side business.  I enjoy being self-published and don’t see myself chasing after the old-school dream of signing with one of the big 6.  If I can make a living at this, and it doesn’t have to be all that much money, I want to keep going like I am – I write, Blue Harvest Creative designs and then I publish.

6. What is your favorite part of the writing process? The beginning.  Deciding on a genre, subject, characters and then writing.  Because of this I have about a half dozen books started but not finished.

7. What is your least favorite part of the writing process? Trying to figure out how to get people to read my books.  I know there is a market for them but finding that market is the worst.

8. How do you write? Outlining, a few short notes that become a book, just sit down and write, etc? I just did a blog on that. http://www.theromancetroupe.com/2013/04/what-did-you-just-call-me.html  I am a list maker.  I took that and mixed it with the snowflake method.  I am a plotter/planner but I’m not afraid to dump my plans should something better come up.

9. What message do you want your readers to take away from your books? I write for entertainment.  If my readers enjoy the books, that is all I want.

10. What do you want to say, personally, to your readers right now? Thank you.  Thanks for taking a chance on an unknown.  And…TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

 

Fun Questions

 

1. If you were only allowed to read one book for the rest of your life, what would that book be? Every author has 100 top 10 books, if you know what I mean.  If I could really only choose one, it would probably be The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart.

2. If you could be any book character, who would you want to be? Camilla Lovejoy in Ishtar Anomaly.  If you’ve read it, you know why.

3. If you could be anything at all, overnight, what career other than being an author would you choose? Director – for the stage.  I have a degree in Theatre from University of Texas at Austin.

4. What one item could you not live without? My Kindle

 

Favorites

 

Color? EMERALD GREEN

Number? 9

Book? I will give you one each from a number of genres.

Fiction The Hollow Hills–Mary Stewart

Non-Fiction When God Was a Woman–Merlin Stone

Science-Fiction West of Eden–Harry Harrison

Graphic Novel V for Vendetta–Alan Moore

Paranormal Romance Series The Dark Series–Christine Feehan

Favorite Author Anya Bast

Holiday? Hallowe’en, hands down, easy pick

Animal? tortoise

Song? Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones

Band/Artist? No Doubt or Maroon 5

Month? October

Season? Fall

Hateful Burden- book 1 in the Carrier Trilogy

Hateful Burden is a gaslight-era paranormal horror novel as well as a psychological thriller where friends and foes are not always what they seem.

In this dark urban fantasy, paranormal powers are bred and collected. Lady Ramillia Winmoore, daughter of the Earl of Brooksberry, has suffered from gaps in her memory her entire life. But this darkness is a blessing. Whenever she feels threatened, it takes over and protects her from feeling pain or even the slightest bit of discomfort.

That is until the day she awakens strapped to an examining table at the West Freeman Asylum for Lunatics. Imprisoned for the gruesome murder of her parents, Ramillia learns she has lost ten months to the darkness. Forced to endure years of tortuous treatments in a grimy, hidden cell, salvation arrives in the form of a benefactor named Sir Julian Lawerence.

Betrothed to her through an arranged marriage, he helps her gain freedom. But appearances are deceiving and soon Ramillia learns the cost she must pay. The horrors she encounters in his household are far worse than the asylum when he inducts her into a society of blood-thirsty, cruel immortals.

Soon she is forced to join them and accept their way of life. Now Ramillia must break free of a prison she cannot see, kill an enemy that cannot die, and find a daughter that she cannot remember–all with the help of an ally she does not know. Who is Sally and can she be trusted? Is this mysterious and frightening woman trying to save her or is she planning on saving Ramillia for herself?

Hateful Burden is available for kindle for $2.99 or in paperback for $7.99

http://www.amazon.com/Hateful-Burden-Carrier-Trilogy-1/dp/0615811248

http://www.amazon.com/Hateful-Burden-Carrier-Trilogy-Volume/dp/0615811248

Website http://www.authornataliegibson.com/

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You can also find out what I like to read when I’m not writing on Goodreads or Satin Sheets Romance Review.

Thank you, Natalie, for your time! It’s been a pleasure learning more about you and your work- I, as always, look forward to reading more! 

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