Interview with Natalie Fendalton

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My ancient, deaf cat who panics if I sleep past 6.30am, so she stands on my pillow and yowls until I can't ignore her anymore!

Also, if I never got out of bed, I'd miss the opportunities life might fling my way, so I'd better be upright and decently groomed, right?
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, wow: I have hundreds! But if you held a gun to my head (please don't), I'd have to say: Ben Aaronovitch, Victoria Clayton, Janet Evanovich, Ben Elton, Mark Frost, C.S. Harris, L.M. Montgomery, Sophia McDougall, Katherine Neville, Deanna Raybourn and J.K. Rowling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing! Haha. I work full-time, spend quality time with my kitty-cat and try to make my boyfriend understand why The Simpsons are so much more relevant to life than Family Guy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Uh... I wanted to find books of a specific genre, tossed the search criteria into the Googleator, and wound up at Smashwords. It's a great site for discovering new and wonderful authors who know how to tell a good tale or two.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No! It was probably some rubbish I write at primary school. I used to write a lot of drivel back then, thinking it was brilliant. The next day I'd read them, cringe and rip them up. Now I wish I hadn't.
What is your writing process?
I have two, depending on what I'm writing. For my 'serious' novel, I have a timeline, and I write the sections that take my fancy at the time. When writing for fanfiction, I have to start at the beginning and come up with an idea for a chapter. Either way, I start with a high-level idea and fill in the bulk. I go back lots of times and fine-tune. I'm not one for writing a complete novel in draft and then go back to editing it. I don't have the self-control.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, not the first story, but I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank when I was nine, and marvelling at how well she wrote. It also opened the pathway for me to learn about the Holocaust, and to think about what life was like back then for everyone, no matter where they were from or what they did. This era is important to me, and is the setting for most of my planned 'serious' novels.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't have a lot of money, so while I would have loved to have engaged someone to do the cover I originally wanted for Stopover, it wasn't to be. I Googled pre-design covers and came across some very professional sites that had hundreds of high-quality pre-design covers for great prices.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery - it's a very risque book by the author of Anne of Green Gables. It deals with unmarried sex, living in sin and bullying and the tone is humorous and cynical. I love it.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - understated comedy at its best, and works magic very realistically into the Metropolitan Police Force.

Romanitas by Sophia McDougall - set in a world where the Roman Empire didn't fall and rules half the planet in a modern-ish day. The heir to the Empire is threatened, and he discovers two former slaves who can help him. Gripping, emotional stuff.

A Season for the Dead by David Hewson - about a small group of Italian police officers with problems of their own, solving crimes set in the most beautiful parts of Rome. It's a murder-mystery with art and ancient history thrown in.

Past Mortem by Ben Elton - hilarious murder-mystery solving!
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction, usually mystery and romance. I interpret law and read a lot of dry material for work, so I like to escape! Sometimes a thirst to know a particular period of history grabs me, and I'll search and read and read and read until I've had enough.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone! Haha. It's so convenient. Other than that, my PC. I did have an e-reader, but it died from lack of use, sadly. I had some good books on there.
Describe your desk
Small and green! My study is tiny, and I was lucky to get a small greenish desk that would fit in the room. I've got two monitors, both perched on two of my thicker books, a lamp, a printer/scanner thing, a cup with pens in it, three spiral notebooks, depending on what I'm writing, desk fan, hand cream, lip gloss and often, my cat, who gets displeased if she is not the centre of my existence and drapes herself over something important.
Published 2018-01-27.
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Books by This Author

Stopover
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,470. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Airline captain Jack McCarthy has had many one-night stands on his stopovers. He doesn't expect this night with Helene to be any different. But when morning comes, he can't let her go...