Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
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After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.
Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.
Q & A with the Author:
1. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I enjoy collecting Victorian era photographs, as well as Frozen Charlotte dolls. I take a real sense of pride and satisfaction being able to restore things to their original beauty.
2. When did you first realize you were an author?
I think it would have to be when I held my first paperback book in my own hands.
3. Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
This past autumn I won second prize in a horror story opening contest. It was nice to get acknowledgment of my writing outside my usual genres.
4. What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Probably finding the time to actually sit down and put my words into the computer. I have books plotted in my mind to last me well beyond my lifetime. I have had to set times for writing and stick to them.
5. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
I don’t think I have a particular message in my books, but I do use characters who are normal people in extraordinary circumstances that they work to overcome. I don’t sugarcoat reality.
6. What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?
Two different entities. I love that ebooks are instant. You go to a website, order, and receive. You can read right away. With paperbacks, there is a certain sense of satisfaction to be able to hold the book in your hands.
7. How many books do you have out? Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
I believe it is around 20, from short stories to full length books.
8. Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
All of my characters are in a little way a part of me. I also remember what people tell me over the years, and often something that struck me will end up in my book.
9. What are your future projects?
I have a contemporary story for an upcoming anthology later this year, as well as the third book in my RISE series, called Embree’s Rise.
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