Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Interview ~ Natasha Blackthorne


I want to welcome my dear friend and critique partner, Natasha Blackthorne. Her very first novella with Total-E-Bound, entitled Grey’s Lady. Welcome! Let’s get down to the questions so everyone can get to know you and your work. What was the inspiration behind Grey’s Lady?
The inspiration came while reading a book on male-female sexual interactions in Revolutionary and Federalist Philadelphia. After I had read this book, in a quiet moment, Grey, the hero, “showed” me the story through his perspective. He was staring out the bookseller’s windows at the rain and the gray sky. He made eye contact with Beth, the heroine and in that moment she touched him deeply with her sadness that mirrored his own feelings that he was disconnected from.

Ah, you have a hero that talks to you, too. Cool. What accent inspires you to do naughty things? Boston Brahmin

Ooh! Now we know where you get your inspiration from. Wink, wink. Speaking of inspiration, what can readers expect next from you?
White Lace and Promises is the second book in the Carte Blanche series and the sequel to Grey’s Lady. It is due for release December 26, 2011.
The next book in the CB series is titled Alex’s Angel and is set in Philadelphia in 1793 right after the devastating yellow fever epidemic. Sheltered Emily Eliot finds herself alone, making her own decisions for the first time. When desperation leads her to sell her virtue, she walks straight into trouble—and into the arms of gorgeous, golden haired Alexander Dalton. Alex’s Angel is due to be released February 28, 2012.

You’re so prolific and planned out. Very good. Now, since we’re talking about being planned out, what is the best thing about being a writer? The writing. The worst? The writing.

I totally hear that. Sometimes writing is the enemy and the savior. When it’s the enemy, what is your method of breaking through writer’s block?
There’s no other way for me but to turn it all over to the subconscious and let it work it things out. I try to distract myself with other things.

Ah, the distractions. I love distractions. So, what fuels you as an author to continue to write?
My own imagination. It demands that I bring what it shows me to life. For me, writing is a necessity like breathing or eating. Even if I had no access to paper and pen, I’d be writing in my head.

You sound so busy. I’m jealous. Since you’re busy, I’ll ask this. When you get a chance to read, what books do you love to read?
I love reading social history or biography. I also read quite a bit of erotic romance.

In your reading, what bores you? What really pulls you out of a story?
Lack of emotion and the human element.

I’m going to ask the fun questions that have nothing to do with writing. Hee hee. What is your favorite feature on a person?

Yes. I’m a sucker for eyes, too. Deep blue or deep brown. Or Gerard Butler. Ehem... Back to the questions. What is your favorite time of day?
Between 12am and 6am.

Night owl. *g* What music gets you dancing?
Oldies all the way. 80’s New Wave or 70’s R&B

Awesome. I’m going to dig out my old oldies pop records. And yes, I have records. We’ll have a ball. Now...Aliens have landed on the planet. What are the three things you would tell them that are great about this planet?
Cats, ice cream and flannel sheets.

Hee hee. Cats are the best. So, if you could share one major writing tip, to help other writers in their quest for publication, what would it be?
Remember that writing is a craft. Study all you can about writing craft and apply it but always respect and trust in your own processes.

Cool beans. Now that we’ve got the dirt, where can we find out more about you and your work?
Please come visit me at my blog, watch my book videos on Youtube or friend me on Facebook,

Want to know more about Grey's Lady? Here's the blurb!
Seeking sexual excitement and conquest, poor but beautiful Beth seduces wealthy merchant prince Grey Sexton, only to find herself the pursued as he seeks to own her body and soul.

Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.

But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.

But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey's materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.

For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?


Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Wendi and Natasha,

Natasha - warmest congratulations on your first release with TEB! I am totally in awe of anyone who even attempts to write historical fiction. I'm surprised you didn't mention "research" as the worst part of writing! (I gather you read a lot of history for pleasure, though, so you may already have a sense of the periods you capture in your books.)

Wendi - LOVE the tiger feline! I definitely agree, cats are one of the things that makes life worth living.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Thanks for stopping by Lisabet! Always happy to see you. It's the research that kills me on historicals. Dunno about Natasha, but I've heard she does a lot.

Kitties! I had that question about the aliens and my answer was something along the lines of: we have chocolate, hoodies and cats. The cats are in charge, own the humans and don't bother to tell them otherwise. They won't listen. I know, I have two cats. Neither one listens.

Natasha Blackthorne said...
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Natasha Blackthorne said...

Dear Wendi,

Thanks for interviewing me. It was a blast. :)

Natasha Blackthorne said...

Dear Lisabet,

Thank you for your congratulations. I am in awe of anyone who writes sci-fi. :)

I have a novella published with Ellora's Cave, Waltz of Seduction, an English Regency that came out in May 2011. Wendi reviewed it here on her blog.

But I am very excited to also be published with Total E-Bound and to be working with my wonderful editor Rebecca Hill on the Carte Blanche series.

I have a B.A. in History. I love reading history and doing research. I would do it even if I wasn't writing historical romance. Certain time periods and topics fascinate me and this is how I pass time. It's sort of an obsession. Sometimes little pieces of research can be thorny to find but overall it is a joy.

Yes, cats definately make life worth living.