Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I’m Natalie, and I’m an author from southeastern Kentucky. I grew up on a farm in an extremely rural area, so my books are usually based in that area. My books are my life stories. My first book “Fourteen Day Fiancé” was a memoir about how my fiancé was killed in a car accident and his death was covered up by local law enforcement. My second book that I am about to release at the end of this year is called “After The Storm” which is an autobiographical novel based on how I overcame the storms of life and found love again.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I definitely have a few weird writing habits, one of which is that I always write chapters first and add as I go. I also write better when things are noisy. I can write in solitude, but my best work is definitely done while I’m in the living room with my family making a ruckus and the television blaring.
What authors have influenced you?
Joyce Carol Oates has influenced me the most. In school I was a huge fan of Oates’ works and I read a lot them, I even wrote a few essays about them in college.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors would be to start building an audience before you even write your book. It definitely helps create a following for you and it gets your name out there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever been given was from my late fiancé. I was really down one day and he looked at me and he told me to just keep going. Press through the pain, and you always get to where you’re going.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
What’s your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is that I doubt myself too much. I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, but when I do something I always think it’s never good enough.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book of all time is definitely Bridget Jones’s Diary.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I am inspired by romance novels and films. My love life currently has also been a huge inspiration for me.
What are you working on now?
I am currently finishing my autobiographical novel “After The Storm”.
It’s in its early editing stages and I am so blessed to be able to watch something I’ve worked so hard on come to life.
What is your method for promoting your work?
My methods of promoting my work are radio interviews and social media. I try to keep my name out there as much as possible.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan on trying out screenwriting. I’ve always dreamed of writing a move script or a television sitcom!
How well do you work under pressure?
I actually work extremely well under pressure. When I know I have a deadline to meet, I stop at nothing to reach it no matter how hard it is. Some people call me a perfectionist. I just say I’m determined.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
That essentially depends on what the main concept of the story is and the message I’m trying to get across. With my first book, I used a heavier tone because it was a heavy story. It was also very important, because it’s focus was mental health and mental health is something that should not be taken lightly.
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