Interview with Natasha Lane

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Years ago, my aunt and uncle got me a Kindle for Christmas. Since that Christmas, Kindle has been updated many times but I still use my Kindle 2nd generation. It doesn't have color, connecting to wi-fi is hard, moving through the pages is slow, it's not touch-screen, and not as user-friendly as the new versions of kindle. But it still works, so I don't care. Until my good, old kindle dies on me, I don't plan on buying another e-reader.
What is your writing process?
When I was younger I would just dive in without any outline or real commitment. It wasn't uncommon for me to start one manuscript, get bored after the initial buzz, and move on to my new lover. Of course, this process wasn't very productive, especially when I decided to write professionally.

Now, I work on one manuscript at a time, though I will edit and write two separate manuscripts occasionally. I still don't use outlines though many writers swear by them. For me, outlining takes all the fun out of the process and makes it too rigid. I'm not saying a little guidance is harmful to the end product. I'm only saying that getting lost is the best way to find the unexpected.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honestly, I do not feel qualified to answer this question. I'm JUST getting the hang on marketing in this industry. However, if I had to answer I'd say book trailers, arc readers, and image posts (pictures that reference your book with writing from your book beside the image). Trailers and posts aid to the visual pleasure and arc readers get the buzz going about your book.
Describe your desk
You mean my kitchen table? Well, currently, there's half an eaten cheesecake on the table, a copy of "The Elements of Style" and a teddy bear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a born and raised Baltimorian, so not only do I love urban fantasy but many of my stories take place in Baltimore. I also love sassy, tough, and edgy characters because those are traits associated with the city.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing but I wrote my first novel when I was thirteen. My Language Arts teacher at the time encouraged me after reading a short story I wrote for a class assignment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Like almost everyone on the planet, I use social media and technology. I also love social media and technology but in limits. My short story "Plugged In" can be taken as a cautionary tale or maybe a prediction of our future. Read it to find out. :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
So many reasons!

1. Rejection letters-this isn't the most important reason.
2. Industry trends-the same story was repeated over and over again. All it takes is one good dystopian novel and then, everyone wants to hop on the bandwagon.
3. Chance the Rapper-all of his success he accumulated without a label. Now, he has signed artists featured in HIS songs! If he can do it in the music industry, I can do it in the book world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escape and power. Sometimes the real world becomes too much but with writing there's always a place to hide. The best part about that place is you have almost complete control over what happens there. It's a little like therapy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love cooking. Pinterest is one of my favorite sites. I like to search through my boards for new recipes to try. Of course, between writing I like to read and catch a few movies.
Published 2017-01-17.
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