TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Natalie: Hmmm, this is a really hard question! I have quirks, but they're not that interesting. :) I have to have the character names before the story really starts developing, and they can't be common names. I'm allergic to common names.
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Natalie: I'm a flyer! I fly by the seat of my pants, I don't pull people's pants down. LOL I'm always trying to change that label, but no one else cooperates. Anyway, I have my big general idea, and beyond that, I plot ahead a little bit at a time. I may get ideas for chunks later in the book, but one of the best parts of being a writer, for me, is discovering things as I go along. Like who the villain is, sometimes!
TQ: What inspired you to write the Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising 1)?
Natalie: I'd wanted to write about goddesses for a while, but I only had a kind of chick-litty opening. I wanted to write something with male characters like the brothers on Supernatural—guys who bicker constantly, but would die for each other. Turned out, the rivalry between Nick and Sam in my book was a lot stronger than their bond, at least at the beginning.
Anyway, I had these vague "wants" floating in my head, and I wanted to do National Novel Writing Month but had no ideas for a new book. Everything kind of slammed together in my head a couple of days before NaNoWriMo launched, and I dove in.
TQ: What sort of research did you do to create the world in the Under the Moon?
Natalie: I write paranormal because I really don't like to do research, and I also set my paranormal worlds in modern society, which means the world I'm building is very much our own world. But some is, of course, necessary for any book! I had to do research on moon phases, streets in Boston (OMG, Google Street View is one of the best inventions ever for writer's resources!), and classic cars, among other things.
TQ: Describe Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising 1) in 140 characters or less.
Natalie: A modern-day goddess teams up with her protector—and forbidden soulmate—to track down the leech who’s stealing power from other goddesses.
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Under the Moon?
Natalie: I love when Nick first arrives at Quinn's bar, Under the Moon, and we first see the dynamics between him and Quinn, and her assistant Sam. Then toward the end, there are three scenes—between Quinn and Nick, the final battle, and between Quinn and Sam—that I adore. I can't go into any detail, though, or it will spoil things! :)
TQ: In Under the Moon, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?
Natalie: Good question! This book happened to be the easiest first draft I've ever written, so at that point, none of the characters were difficult, and all were easy. But Marley, Quinn's sister, was probably the most difficult in the long run. She's still giving me fits. :)
TQ: How many books are planned for the Godesses Rising series?
Natalie: Goddesses Rising will be a trilogy, with book 2, Heavy Metal, out in the spring, and book 3, Sunroper, out in the fall of 2012.
TQ: What's next?
Natalie: I have a very long list. :) In addition to Under the Moon, I'm happy to have a new romantic adventure out, Behind the Scenes, with Carina Press. A third romantic adventure (non-paranormal) will be released by them in the spring. Behind the Scenes will also be released in audio at Audible.com.
I just turned in Heavy Metal and am working on Sunroper. I have several books, both paranormal and non, that I need to revise and get into shape for potential publication, and I'm also trying to break into YA. I love the challenge of writing romance from a teenager's perspective, and the viewpoint also makes writing paranormal even more exciting.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery
Natalie: Thanks so much for having me! I really enjoyed doing your interview!
About Under the Moon
Under the MoonGoddesses Rising 1
Entangled Publishing, November 1, 2011
Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.
Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.
But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.
But not as hard as denying their hearts…
Behind the Scenes October 31, 2011
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible coming soon.
Under the Moon November 1, 2011
Entangled Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Fight or Flight Out now!
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
You can learn more about Natalie and her books at her website, eHarlequin, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. She blogs with four other
What: One commenter will win a $5 gift certificate to the online book store of the winner's choice from Natalie.
How: Leave a comment answering the following question:
Which goddess or god would you be (if you could be a goddess or god)?
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Oh, I would love to be Freya! She is super cool :)ReplyDelete
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If I were to be a goddess, then I'd like to be Artemis. Sadly though, I wouldn't be able to be in a relationship LOL. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
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Wow, this is a tough one. All those goddesses cause so much trouble! I think I'd like to be Coatlicue, an Aztec goddess, with a skirt of serpents.ReplyDelete
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I would be Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom.ReplyDelete
I would be Aphrodite :)ReplyDelete
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I would be Athena :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcomReplyDelete
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Why share godhood with lots of other dinky gods?!? I'd be the one and only God. ;-)ReplyDelete
mmm.. i would be Gaya..ReplyDelete
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I would like to be Athena.ReplyDelete
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Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by! I love the range of answers, especially when there are some less-known ones thrown in there. :)ReplyDelete
I think I'd be Isis, just because I love the name. :)
LOL, Anne! That's the spirit!
I want to be Athena.ReplyDelete
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Oh, I would love to be loki, mischief is my specialty ,heh , heh hehReplyDelete
If I could be a goddess it would beReplyDelete
Hera (Juno)the goddess of marriage and women. I like the idea of being the wife of the man in charge..lol
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Is Pandora a goddess? I want to be her, if she is. I like the idea of raising all that hell.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on another new book, Natalie!
LOL, roro, that says a lot about you! :)
The power behind the throne, huh, Maria? ;)
Cindy, Pandora was the first woman, and she was created by all the gods, so I'll say that's close enough. And I'm not surprised. LOL
I would be Poseidon!ReplyDelete
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I would love to be Persephone, because Hades loved her SO much, and that kind of love is a once in a lifetime type! She also gets to be Queen of the Underworld for 6 months of the year, and then leave there to spend spring and summer above ground, thereby skipping the cold winters altogether!ReplyDelete
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Clever, booklover! With the oceans covering so much of the earth, that gives you a lot of power! :)ReplyDelete
Julie, that might be the most optimistic take on the Persephone myth I've ever heard. LOL
I'd like to be Athena, the goddess of wisdom (i could do with lots of that).ReplyDelete
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Well my name Denise is French, but originally from the Greek and a follower of the god Dyonsus the god of the grape harvest - I suppose I could be a goddess of the grape LOL, but not being much of a drinker perhaps; in Egypt Denise is a fish and I could be a goddess of the sea LOL Thank you for the fun today.ReplyDelete
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I would be Persephone. So utterly fascinated by her story.ReplyDelete
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I always thought I'd like to be Athena-she's wise and strong...a good combo.ReplyDelete
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I would choose to be Odin. I love Viking mythology.ReplyDelete
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I would love to be Hercules or Xena are they Goddess? =DReplyDelete
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I would be Athena. She just has an inner strength that I really admire, not to mention abundant wisdom.ReplyDelete
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zeus becouse he king of god ang goddessReplyDelete
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Hemmmm.....I would like to be Aphrodite, the goddess of love. I want to spread love in this messy world^^ReplyDelete
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i want to be diana....she's cool and never fear of anything....ReplyDelete
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I would pick Persephone I love the story one of my favorites!ReplyDelete
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I'm not up on my goddesses and who's good and who's bad, but hown about Helen of Troy? Who wouldn't want to be the face that launched a thousand ships? That was her, right??ReplyDelete
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I always forget something!ReplyDelete
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I would be Aphrodite. Love the love.ReplyDelete
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Id want to be Artemis goddess of the hunt and wild animals.ReplyDelete
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I want to be Artemis^^ReplyDelete
I would like to be Aphrodite, the goddess of love.ReplyDelete
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I would be Loki, yeah yeah its a he. But he is the trickster, so maybe he really is a she =)ReplyDelete
Love the sound of your book! TBR list!!!
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Thanks to everyone for offering their choices of the goddess they'd like to be. Good luck in the drawing tomorrow!ReplyDelete