Interview with Natalae Jaennae Alluneedis

Who are your favorite authors?
James Burke, Robert Reich, Isaac Asimov, Bob Woodward, Stephen Hawking
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
'The morning sun is life's button to reset' and signifies our destiny. I enjoy the free gifts of beauty in everyone that I see and in nature all around us, and I also enjoy my responsibility to find answers that will help future generations to become the greatest among each previous.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work and live as most of my readers do; I earn a paycheck from a company, I worry about how myself and others will survive the multitude of challenges that await us all; and then I go for a walk or a swim to calm myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I was in grade school and I wrote about my life as a heroic dog that saved his master's life by knocking the scalpel from the hand of the antagonist (and got a bloody foot).
What is your writing process?
I won't say that I have a singular process; in my most recent book, I imagined solutions to various social, political, scientific, ecological, and economic problems and I imagined a history where my solutions were implemented, and then I imagined the characters one-by-one. The story line evolved and became plausible during mostly sleepless nights as the characters lives and their interactions became more real. The purpose of the story line was to lay the foundation for one set of solutions among millions that could make our world better for our children, but the story itself became inspirational in many ways, including for more stories and lessons to learn in potential future publications.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That would likely be "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper or "Scuffy the Tugboat" by Gertrude Crampton. I am sure my mother was there to help me read both of them; and I thank you for the question that brings that joy back home to me. My mother has passed on but she remains as beautiful today as ever. The impact of those books and all others is the ability to understand non-personal circumstances and to learn from them, to find a character or personality traits even within inanimate objects, to hope for outcomes to a story that are rewarding to the protagonists and that help us to feel that cosmic justice is somehow at play for all of our lives.
How do you approach cover design?
Just as I choose a new article of clothing; it fits.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Books are like people; they contain stories or information that can be fun, tragic, silly, or elucidating. All of those elements combine within our own imaginations to become useful tools with which to imagine more. Others thoughts become food for thought, becomes food for thought, on and on. Some of my favorite books were text books ("The Fundamentals of Physics" by Haliday and Resnick) but I cannot even find the listing for it anymore. I enjoy the questions of wonder about physics and mathematics and find relationships with in them to connect with real life connections with our environment, each other, and to what may be our futures.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-violent news. I like reading about innovations, like Graphene recently. I visualize how new tools like that one will impact the lives of our children. I also consider my and our responsibility to control innovations and technology that we can lose control over and which has the potential to become more powerful than we can control.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Someone will buy me something better than the monitor I always use... I hope.
Describe your desk
My desk is a wooden roll-top with a two inspirational book marks; one made of leather reads, 'Wisdom Begins with Wonder', by Socrates and the other of brass reads, 'Never, Never, Never Quit', by Winston Churchill. I also have a cute little stuffed tan-colored bunny with pink angel wings hanging on a knob.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the middle of North America in Minnesota. I used to wonder how that could be when I had such a deep reverence for the ocean. Now I am old enough to realize that 'where' I am has nothing to do with 'where' I am.
When did you first start writing?
When it was too scribbly to take credit for... The actual answer is just after potential had met desire, but I don't remember how old I was at the time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is based upon betrayal and murder but is only a backdrop for learning new perspectives on values that we all take for granted from the time we are born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had suffered a fate that was not unique to myself and I felt that it was my personal responsibility to share intimate details of my survival and triumph.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is the catalyst that allowed the imagery of my imagination and life experience to be shared by everyone who chooses to share. Smashwords is an example of what is best about the Internet; the unobtrusive and altruistic guidance and affirmation to those who have desire to share their lives and imagination with all of us.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing unclutters my mind while helping me to learn from myself by adding structure to disorganized thoughts. It also clears the slate for me to move to higher plateaus of awareness. I love writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love everyone. I believe that no one is greater than equal to anyone. In a quote from my earlier book, 'The greatest among all of us is equal to each of us' ... or something like that. The fruit of my labor is the thoughts that are inspired among those who appreciate my thoughts and help to create equally desirable or greater substitutes for the betterment of our children.
What are you working on next?
I am working on that.
Who are some of your most inspirational heros?
My mother, John Lennon, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Sir Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, Buddha, Barney Frank, Jesus, US President, Barack Obama, many others and all of our children.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

Stop The Rain
Series: Social Awareness, Book 2 · , Book 2. You set the price! Words: 62,500. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Essay » Legal
This is the story which takes the forecasted debacle of the human spirit and changes it into one of the greatest destinies of humanity. Witness the pain of betrayal, loss, and murder for some so that the rest of us will survive to a brilliant future. 'Who said life is fair?' is answered back with 'we can take steps for our children's world to be continuously more fair. Please, see how it can work.
Natalae... From Across The Universe
Series: Social Awareness, Book 1 · , Book 1. You set the price! Words: 162,910. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Transgender
Lessons learned from a personal journey and struggle for peace A memoir Natalae Jaennae Alluneedis This book is about my personal journey through life from James to me, Natalae, how the expression of who I am has affected those around me, and ultimately how all of us are impacted… even you.