Interview with Natasha Lee

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’m a creative person at my core and love art in all its forms. But, there is something about books and their ability to create whole new worlds that captured me as a child and never let go. Due to my great appreciation for the written word, there has rarely been a week that passed where I wasn’t devouring a book. But, as years past I found myself stagnant when it came to self-expression. I hadn’t written, painted or sketched in years and came to the realization that it was wasteful to have an unrealized passion. Life is simply too short to ignore the things that spark creativity in favor of the mundane and tedious, so I made a resolution to write my first book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was inspired by a need to stretch myself. I have written poetry and short stories before but never anything longer than about 20 pages. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. Delve into a topic that I wouldn't necessarily discuss in my every day life.
What is your writing process?
I write in the dark. And yes, I am well aware that it is horrible for my eyes. But, for me the only way I can see the story I want to tell is if I kill the lights, drown out all noise and let the story play out in my mind like a movie. Darkness and isolation make it easier to for me to focus on the nuances of each character
What are you working on next?
I’m working on three books actually. One is a follow-up to my first book, the second is a paranormal story and the other is a dark romance
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally, I will read anything from comics to history books but if I have to choose I will usually pick a romance novel.
What are your four favorite books, and why?
My favorite book would be Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. It is a classic tale, the kind that never gets old or fails to move you to the core. My second choice would be Bridget Jones’s Diary’s by Helen Fielding because anyone who loved the original can’t help but be amused by the light hearted, quirky spin on a classic tail. Not to mention the email /instant message portions of the book are some of the wittiest writing I have ever read. My third book would be Beauty and the Barracuda by Nikki Winter. I can’t even begin to explain the stomach cramping laughter that ensued a few pages into that book. It is the best spin on a romance because it is playful, witty, absurd yet very real. I have read that book three times and giggled like a maniac each and every time. Last but definitely not least is Lover Awakened by JR Ward. It was a very close tie between this book and Lover Eternal but there was just something about the growth that the main character(Zsadist) had from beginning to end that stuck with me. It’s one of many in a series of paranormal vampire books but the world she created grounded all these characters in reality. Instead of vampires, these characters feel more like ex-military officers living in the Bronx just trying to keep their families safe. It's gritty, dark and intense, the kind of story that pulls you in. I have read it at least four times and I’m sure I’ll read it four more.
What is next for you as a writer?
I want to keep pushing myself, expanding on my ability to create. I would love to try my hand at a YA fantasy novel.
What is the best advice I have ever heard?
The best advice I ever got was to “choose my battles.” It’s easy to get caught up in the trivial aspects of life and give them greater importance than they deserve, so it’s important to be able to step back from a situation and really decide if is worth the fight.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm working and when I'm not working, I'm traveling. The world is so amazing and full of fascinating places and people and I want to see and experience as much of that as possible.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find social media to be the best way to get your name and work out to the masses.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad is the device I never leave home without.
Published 2016-10-19.
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Books by This Author

Five Days Her Slave
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,540. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
I made a mistake, it was a blip in a near perfect employment record, the kind of thing most bosses would forgive or overlook. Not my boss, Veronica Winters wasn’t the forgiving sort and I had just given her the ammunition she needed to destroy me. If I wanted any chance at the life I had hoped for, I would have to submit.