Interview with Nat Hobson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not 'the' first, because I've been scribbling ideas since I could hold a pen. I do remember one particular story I wrote when in my teens. It was an over-the-top action story about a group of people who had to fight for their lives, and I didn't give my characters a chance to recover - they were thrown from one adventure into another! I really wish I'd kept a copy.
What is your writing process?
I start with a vivid character, and usually have a good idea about who they are and what story they want to tell. Because I'm naturally a pantser, I don't plan a great deal. I might have a basic outline, but usually, I let the characters tell the story and keep going until I have a first draft. Then I go back to the beginning and unpick; deleting, adding, formatting- a fun part of the process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember (in terms of impact) is The Hobbit. It remains my favourite book, perhaps for sentimental reasons. It was the first time I ventured into other people's worlds, and I haven't looked back since!
How do you approach cover design?
If I have a good idea of how I want the cover to look, I might attempt to design it myself. If not, I seek help. For Heart of Fire, I knew I wanted a firefighter on the front, and had a few ideas, so consulted with Chris Graham, who created the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on! My favourite genres are fantasy and science fiction. But I love anything written by Nora Roberts and she writes across a variety of genres. I'm a romantic at heart so of course I enjoy a good love story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone - I have a smartphone and a Kindle app. I also have Kindle on my iPad and sometimes read on there.
Describe your desk
In one word 'cluttered'!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Yorkshire, in the UK. I don't think the place itself influenced my writing, for me it's more about the encouragement from friends and family, and the need to tell stories. Other authors have certainly influenced my writing, and my life experiences.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pen! My mum jokes I came out of the womb telling stories, and began babbling about them as soon as I could speak.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Heart of Fire is the second novel in the Winchester Brothers series. I wrote Addy's Choice (the tale of a radio DJ) a few years ago. That story is about a woman who was touched by fire at a young age. I fell in love with the firefighter who helped her come to terms with her loss, and knew I would explore his story further. Heat of Fire is about Tyler, and how his own experiences with the fiery dragon shaped him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the control of being an indie author. I can write at my own pace, tell the stories I want to tell, and learn from the wonderful people who are part of the community.
Published 2015-03-09.
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Books by This Author

Addy's Choice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,210. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sometimes the hardest thing about lowering our defences is the fear of how far we might fall. That fear had been Adrienne Baxter’s driving force most of her life. It was far easier to hide behind her radio personality, feeding from her audience, than to risk exposure. When she meets Sebastian Davies, the station owner’s son, her carefully applied façade begins to slip.
Heart of Fire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,580. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Tyler Davies was eighteen when he met the fiery beast he would later battle on a regular basis. Seduced by the beauty of her flaming touch, he had looked right into the heart of the fire and known she had claimed him. It was the second time he’d seen his future. The first was the day he met Lilly-May Saunders, a girl who burned so bright he was blind to anyone else.