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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.
Tell us about things you enjoy
— what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
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.
When did you first realize you
were an author?
first paperback book in my own hands.
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?
horror story opening contest. It was nice to get acknowledgment of my writing
outside my usual genres.
What is the thing you struggle
with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
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
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?)
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.
What are your thoughts/feelings
on ebook vs. print book?
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.
How many books do you have
out? Are you planning a specific number
altogether, either in this series or separately?
stories to full length books.
characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
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.
What are your future projects?
anthology later this year, as well as the third book in my RISE series, called