Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Natasha Blackthorne

What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
I read social history and biography the most. I also read psychology and history of fashion. I read historical romance both straight and erotic and some inspirational romance.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing for publication for me has been to stop fighting my own creative processes.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
 I hope to craft stories that have deep emotional and sensual expression. I want to create a chance to experience life in someone else's perspective in another place and time. I also hope to show stories of less than perfect people coping with adversity who find a way to new insight and new beginnings.

How long have you been a writer?
I wrote for a very long time but I got serious about learning how to write genre fiction romance about three years ago. Then I found out how much I really did not know about writing craft. I count that as my waking up and becoming a serious writer.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
I haven’t submitted my first book for publication nor the two I wrote after it. Those were practice and I learned a lot from writing them.

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?

What is sexier boxer or briefs?

Who’s more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?
I like gentlemen. I like to be the one who is naughty, well at least relatively speaking.

If you could be a shapeshifter, what form would you take and why?
I would be a cat. Because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at. (Okay, really dated myself there!)

What is your favorite candy bar?
Cherry Mash

*Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
I published a short story with Ellora’s Cave in May of this year titled Waltz of Seduction. It is an erotic regency romance about a young married couple that are very much in love but their preconceptions about sexuality prevent them from expressing their passion. The wife, young Sara, is shy and sweet, sort of plain and totally out of her element with her socially facile, handsome, slightly older husband, Colin. She was a well-dowered merchant’s daughter and her husband is the son of an impoverished duke. Her father wanted a titled son-in-law and his father wanted a wealthy daughter-in-law.

So they start out with many differences that help keep them from overcoming their hesitation with each other. When she finally gains the courage to wear a beautiful red ball gown, she sets into motion a chain of events that change the course of their marriage. Private waltzing lessons in their bedchambers turn indecent.

My latest release, Grey’s Lady is an idea that came after Grey, the hero, “showed” me the story through his perspective. He was staring out the bookseller’s windows at the rain and the gray sky. He made eye contact with Beth, the heroine and in that moment she touched him deeply with her sadness that mirrored his own feelings that he was disconnected from.

Grey is wealthy, powerful merchant prince from New York City who is visiting Philadelphia. He’s a millionaire in a time when millionaires are rare in the United States. He’s also a very duty-driven, emotionally controlled person. As the owner of a vast shipping company, he’s in control of his whole immediate world. He keeps his life free of messy emotional entanglements.

Beth is a dutiful sister and aunt who works hard in her half-brother’s struggling ship. But she’s so bored and feels out of place there. She’s a really impulsive, sensually driven young woman who needs something more from life than just being a good girl. Yet she doesn’t find the men around her to be the kind of man she wants. Dynamic, enterprising men excite her. She’s excited by power. Yet she has been raised to believe these gentlemen are her social betters and thus unattainable.

Grey’s Lady is the story of two people who have given up on love. Yet they are empty and unhappy inside so they find solace in using sex to gain power. Grey uses his wealth and sexual skill to make women appreciate him. Beth uses seduction to gain the excitement of conquest over the type of gentlemen that excite her yet is forbidden to her

When they come together, their attraction is irresistible and explosive. The question becomes
can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts? Can they save each other from their isolation, from their auto-suppression of their true selves?

The second book in the Carte Blanche Series will be coming out from Total E-Bound Dec 26, 2011. It is titled White Lace and Promises and is the sequel to Grey’s Lady. It gets into more depth about the inner demons that trouble Beth and Grey and how they come truly together and overcome them.

The third book in the CB Series is a full-length novel titled Alex’s Angel and it comes out Feb 28, 2012. It is set in Philadelphia, PA 1793.
In the wake of a devastating epidemic, sheltered Emily Eliot finds herself alone, making her own decisions for the first time. When desperation leads her to sell her virtue, she walks straight into trouble.

Enter one gorgeous, golden haired gentleman bent on protecting her…Alexander Dalton came to the Blue Duck Tavern seeking to lose himself in sexual pleasure. Yet when he saw the delicate and vulnerable young woman, he couldn’t turn away. But he needs her to believe in him a lot more than she needs his protection…Alex’s charming smile hides a dark secret that could destroy their chance at happiness. Will their passion burn them up or bring them together?

I also have a full length novel set in the English Regency that is scheduled for release from Total E-Bound April 9, 2012.

You can usually find me hard at work researching and writing my next story. @Nblackthorne

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