Natasha Blackthorne Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Natasha Blackthorne. Thanks for taking time to talk with me today Natasha.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am married to a wonderful guy. I am a total history nerd. I love to read. I love literature, romance, psychology, and bits of everything else. I love cats and I live with a very neurotic but sweet calico.

I spend most of my day surrounded by music. I like Baroque and Classical, Old School R&B, New Wave, Soft Rock from 70&80s, Baroque Pop, 90s jazz-funk/dance, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, disco and funk, oldies from the 40s-60s, Reggae, Folk, Blue Grass, old style country and western. Mostly when it comes to music I like it all. It really just depends on my mood.

I don't watch much TV but do I enjoy watching period movies on Netflix, British Comedies or series like Dark Shadows, Twin Peaks or original series Star Trek. I like all genres of emotional, character-driven movies. I have been into a real Film Noir phase lately.

Most of the time, I am writing or researching for the writing.

Could you tell readers a little bit about your new release Grey's Lady, the first book in the Carte Blanche series?
Grey's Lady is the story of a wealthy New York merchant price, Grey Sexton, who falls for a poor but beautiful young seductress, Beth McConnell. Yet, for all their social and economical differences, at their most basic level, Beth and Grey are very similar. This is a story that explores how these similarities threaten to tear them apart before love can overcome the fear of being vulnerable.

The focus of Grey's Lady is on the immediate interaction between two wounded and self-protective people who feel an overpowering attraction to each other but who do not want to admit it to themselves or the other. Beth and Grey have unique insight into the experiences of each other and can offer each other understanding and sympathy that others could not. Yet past experience works against them. Both are conditioned to fear emotional exposure and to deny their own need for love. They both use sex to gain temporary, conditional intimacy while keeping their true selves distant from their lovers.

When they meet and come together, they find they can no longer be in control. The feelings they have control them and this is a new and scary experience for them both. It's a secret affair. Even if it wasn't, being as self-protective as they are, neither of them has a confidant. They have to go through this new experience alone yet together. However they are unable to completely trust each other.

Both Grey and Beth suffered isolation and emotional neglect in childhood. The product of an adulterous affair, Beth grew up in the home of her late mother's employer. Separated from her half-siblings and kept at an emotional distance, she felt lost and alone. At age eighteen, she was seduced and betrayed by a trusted wealthy gentleman. After this, she left her benefactress's home, went to live with her half-siblings and to help them in their struggling shop. Yet, she still feels out of place.

Grey grew up in an upper-class household, a privileged only son, heir to Sexton Shipping, one of the fledgling nation's largest mercantile fleets. Grey's father was a stern businessman who did not understand his daydreaming, intellectually curious son. A child in this position might take solace in a closer relationship with his mother. However, Grey's mother was chronically ill and unable to bear his childish energy. She kept to her chambers and died while he was still quite young. Later, Grey engaged in an emotionally scarring experience with a slightly older woman, something that is not covered in Grey's Lady.

In Grey's Lady, Beth thinks she can never have the type of man who really excites her, a handsome, powerful, dynamic gentleman. She won't settle for less. So she thinks she has to forego marriage and children and she makes peace by helping her half-siblings and their children. She's really very devoted and giving in this way. Maybe too much so. But it is not enough for her and so she makes this secret life for herself. She seeks out short-term relationships with gentlemen where she decides who, when, where and for how long. This way, she feels she has always the power. In reality these gentlemen have vast wealth and social power compared to her. She can't ever forget that even though their very wealth and power is what draws her and fascinates her. She's determined she will remain the one who is in control over what happens in her liaisons. She loves them once and leaves them burning.

With Grey, she cannot resist her continued and growing attraction. She's no longer in control over the liaison. This really brings out a defiant, resistant side to her. However, over the course of her interaction with Grey, she begins to see she just might be able to have what she wants most of all.

What are the most challenging things for you as an author in creating and continuing with a series?
For me, coming with initial ideas is always the biggest challenge in any writing endeavor. Once characters are set and they begin to speak, it is far easier to tell a story. Whether a story is standalone or a series, the biggest challenge can be making sure the story in my head is fully shown in text.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part of writing for me has been learning not to fight my own creative processes.

Can you tell us a little about your second book in the Carte Blanche series, White Lace and Promises, due to be released December 26th?
Grey and Beth's growing relationship is the focus of White Lace and Promises. How their backstory issues and their different worlds affect and threaten their coming together fully is explored in depth. White Lace and Promises is scheduled for release Dec. 26, 2011. Here is the official blurb:

Book two in the Carte Blanche Series

Beth and Grey's passionate battle of wills continues...

New York Merchant Prince Grey Sexton loves the audacious, spirited young temptress who seduced him in a Philadelphia bookseller's and made passionate love to him in his carriage. Her fiery nature broke through his cold self-protection. But in a time of war and trade disruption, he cannot allow himself to be distracted. He vows to put business above all else in his life, including his bride.

Shocked and hurt by Grey's distance, Beth wonders whether he truly returns the burning love she feels for him. Beth demands that Grey prove he can truly change once and for all or else she will not start a family with him. But will the dark, sensual secrets she yet keeps repel this arrogant, self-controlled gentleman she has married?

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
There was never a time when I said to myself "I am a writer." It was just always something there. As long as I can remember I made up stories in my head. When I learned to draw, I drew pictures to capture the stories. When I learned to write, I did the same with writing. Eventually I moved beyond writing just for my own entertainment and began to apply myself to writing with dedication.

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
I have four novels coming out from Total-e-Bound between now and the end of April 2012. And I have several other projects planned.

The third book in the Carte Blanche series is a full-length novel titled Alex's Angel and it takes place in Philadelphia in 1793. The heroine is a young woman who has been sheltered. She's artistic, a bit a crusader, very sensual and strong-minded with very definite ideas about her art. It's a very erotic and emotional story, a little darker than Grey's Lady. It is scheduled for release on February 28, 2012. Here is a short blurb: 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?

The Fourth book in the series is titled Emily's Seduction and it explores some really dark erotic themes and the power of love to overcome evil. It is scheduled for released April 23, 2012. I also have an erotic Regency scheduled for release from Total-e-Bound April 9th.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
If readers would like to read the first chapter of Grey's Lady, it is posted here. It is for 18 and over only.

The book trailer is here.

If readers would like to find out more about my stories, and me they can find me in the following places: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Natasha!
Thank you so much for having me here, it has been a pleasure.

Interviewed by: Tammy