Meet Natasha Raulerson, a highly-talented author and editor! She also happens to be the developmental editor for my first book. Trust me, I'm not biased--she's really just that good.
Natasha grew up as a tomboy hanging with the guys, getting skinned knees, and swimming in the South Florida sun. Though she’s more inclined to wear dresses now, she still prefers a good pair of chucks and comfy pair of jeans. Tattoos, Jack Daniels, and hanging at the pool are three of her favorite things. She is a wife, a mother, and mostly, she’s just trying to make it through this wild ride of life, one day at a time.
What inspired the story concept for Sins of the Flesh?
It actually started with a short story about a girl looking for a roommate. The main character couldn't understand why the rent was so cheap for such a spacious apartment. It turned out the roommate was very into taxidermy and had an army of hairless mole rats reenacting the civil war in her closet. Then it just somehow evolved from that to Sins. Don't ask me how exactly lol.
What do you love about writing romantic suspense?
The complimentary combination of high intense situations and emotions. I love the raw grittiness.
When it comes to world-building do you have any particular tricks or techniques?
I mean, whether it's real or fantasy, it just needs to make sense to your world. Readers will know if it's something you just threw in there as an after thought. So make sure it fits.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
Oh geeze. Probably deciding if I wanted to self publish or not. I was always nervous that no one would see my book or they'd hate it. So I guess the most difficult part was actually getting over my own insecurities about whether or not I was a good enough author to publish a book.
What does your writing space look like?
My office is chaotic and disorganized. It needs a makeover yesterday. But my writing space changes quite a bit because I have a toddler. So my writing space can be the living room, kitchen table, the floor in my kid's room. The waiting room at the doctor's office...ya know. It has many looks and styles.
What are your tricks for juggling writing with a full-time job, family, life, etc.?
I wish there were tricks. Mostly it's sacrifices. Sacrifices time with friends and family, and instead finding time to write. It's also late nights and early mornings, and like I said, having multiple writing spaces. It's taking every opportunity to complete your work, even if it means you can't binge watch the new season of Supernatural like you want to.
What's the best piece of advice you've received about writing?
No matter how shitty you think your first draft is, finish it anyway. You can't edit a blank page. I forget who told me that, but it's stuck with me.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Shattered by Alex Grayson