Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 27, 2011

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Antique Charming | Paranormal Romance | Books To Go Now | Release Date 10/1/11

The night he came home.forever.

Third-generation funeral director Lizzie Morton is about to have her dream realized. She has purchased the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat, determined to restore the funeral home to its once former glory. But a late night visitor, Adam Nichols, claims the funeral home still belongs to his family. Lizzie scoffs at his odd behaviour and outlandish claims, but when a vintage photograph appears, she soon realizes, to her horror, that Adam Nichols did once own the funeral home-more than one hundred years ago-and now she has allowed this entity to pass into her home.

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm new to the world of publishing. This has been a whirlwind of excitement for me! I found out in early July of this year that Secret Cravings Publishing wanted to publish my first book, a romantic contemporary, called Change of Address. A week later, I received a contract for my short paranormal romance called Antique Charming. Antique Charming is now ready for release on October 1, 2011. Change of Address is set for release in January, 2012. I couldn't be more thrilled!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Believe it or not, I don't have a favorite author. I like to explore all the different genres of writing and read whatever I'm feeling at the moment. I've discovered many very talented writers over the years.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing! Too many new writers give up at the first sign of adversity. It's a hard fact to accept, but at some time every writer will receive a harsh critique, an unflattering review, and rejection.

Please describe your writing environment.

I had my conservatory refitted into an office. It has amazing glass walls so I can commune with nature and the elements while I'm writing.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

I would have to say concentration and order are my biggest challenges. I have a lot of interests and I'm easily distracted sometimes. I despise schedules and deadlines, but I need them to keep me focused.

Do you like to mix genres?

I do like to mix genres. Romance is my first favorite, but I really enjoy mystery and horror as well. Paranormal is new for me. I do book reviewing and there are so many authors out there who are writing vamps, weres, shifters, etc.--and doing it so well. I'm always working to create new types of paranormal characters.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I'm actually doing a lot of reasearch into Steampunk these days, so I haven't been doing much fiction reading. I did pick up V.C. Andrews, My Sweet Audrina. It's an older book--circa 1982. I heard some good things about it so I've added it to my list.

What inspires your writing?

Music in part inspires my writing. I have an extensive collection of music that dates back to the 1960s. Seals and Crofts "Summer Breeze" was the inspiration for Change of Address.

I am also an avid collector of Victorian and Edwardian photos. Several months ago, I acquired a 1896 photogragh of a very handsome man standing outside his funeral home. In the reflection of the glass you can see a funeral carraige decorated with ribbons. As soon as I saw this photo I had to have it. Looking at the photo, I was listening to Jefferson Starship's "Find Your Way Back", and I thought, "What if?...". It is what inspired Antique Charming.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Stephen King. I've always admired how he was able to overcome adversity in his life and continue to write year after year. I would love to spend two hours learning from his advice and experiences.



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