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A Conversation with Natalie Starr

posted Aug 21, 2012, 1:01 PM by Scott Seldon
This week, as part of the Master Koda Blog Tour, I have the pleasure of interviewing my fellow writer, Natalie Starr.



What is the title of your most recently published book and where can we buy it?
The Keeper, is a young adult paranormal romance. It can be purchased on a dozen or so sites, but I would love it if people would purchase it through my publisher’s website:
http://bonobookstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_39&products_id=20

Is this your first book? Or have you written others?
The Keeper is my debut novel. I am working on the next book in the series now called The Organizer.

Can you share an excerpt or blurb?
The Keeper (Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/heat level 2), by Natalie Star
Blurb:
The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.

“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.

As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.

What other writing projects are you working on currently?
The Keeper will have three books total in the series. That’s my current work in progress, but in between edits I also write under a different pen name in a different genre. So I’m always writing something.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created and can you describe them?
I really like my bad boy in The Keeper, his name is Adrik. He is attractive, fair skinned with dark hair and dark eyes. The name Adrik in Russian means: dark. This is why I chose the name. He is evil and represents the Dark side. The Dark is the governing body of evil, so I think it’s a perfect fit for him.

What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?
I LOVE taking photos. I’m not that good at it, but I enjoy it! I also love watching my children play soccer. They’ve been playing for eight years now.

Who is your favorite music artist?
I don’t have one. I enjoy ALL kinds of music. It just depends on my mood, but music that makes me want to get up and dance is the best!

Who is your favorite author? And why?
I have too many favorites. They’re the popular ones with the young adult/vampire/paranormal romance fans. Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, PC and Krisin Cast, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa De La Cruz.

How did you get into writing?

I was inspired after reading Twilight. While I don’t write about vampires, I made up my own variety of paranormal. I wanted to be different.

Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you get through it?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think if I come to a point and I don’t know what to write, then that scene is over and I need to move on.

Is writing your hobby or your job?

Even though I am published it’s a hobby or more like a part-time job, but it would be awesome if I can do it full time in the future.

What is some advice you’d give new writers striving to be in your place?
Read, read, and read. Then write every day for practice. Just as your muscles need to be exercised so does your brain.

And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?
Five years from now I hope to have my trilogy complete and out in paperback. It’s currently only available in eBook format. I also plan on having another series out. This one I started last year with NaNoWriMo. I never finished it, but it’s a great story that needs to be finished.

Thank you Scott for having me today! You had a great line of questions that I enjoyed answering!


Links:
Book Trailer on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8x0K05MHWA
http://www.authornataliestar.com
http://authornataliestar.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/#!/iamjustnatalie
https://plus.google.com/u/0/116484157865842677580/posts
http://www.shelfari.com/nataliestar
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5424878.Natalie_Star
Purchase sites: http://authornataliestar.blogspot.com/2012/01/keeper-where-can-you-find-it.html


Author Bio:

Three years ago, if you told me one day I would love to read and write, I would have told you you were crazy-out-of-your-mind. Since then I have read 150+ books and written 2 complete novels (one of them being The Keeper) and I have 3 more in the works.

When I'm not reading or writing, I can be found with my husband supporting my two children on the soccer fields. Or maybe running around with my camera taking photos while camping and/or hiking. Or lastly, and most probable - I'm watching movies on Netflix while simultaneously perusing Facebook.

Our family resides in the state of Virginia along with our old-unintelligent-diabetic cat named Lucky.


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