As part of her blog tour for Under the Moon, I have Natalie Damschroder here to answer a few questions about writing.
There are a lot of difficult aspects to writing a book. Story logic can sometimes get me into trouble, and I do most of my planning as I go, so sometimes I don’t know where I’m going, which means I stall in getting there. But the hardest part is being mean to my characters. I tend to pull back when things are about to get really difficult. I don’t like them to fail or get hurt or be stupid, and that can both cause problems (see “story logic” above) and make the story boring!
Since I don’t plan ahead very far, I LOVE it when I get an idea, go back into what I’ve already written to plant seeds leading up to that idea, and find those seeds already there. My subconscious must have known all along where I was going! 🙂 These times usually correlate to the best writing sessions, when everything is really flowing fast and smooth. It’s exhilarating!
I do! I know a lot of authors advise against it, and I agree with them. But I can’t help it. Even the negative reviews usually have something good to say, and most of the time, I can’t take issue with their complaints. I don’t like every book I read, so that helps me keep a pragmatic approach to reviews. It’s not personal, and the short-lived icky feeling a negative review causes is well worth the exhilaration of reading a great review by someone who genuinely loved the book. 🙂
I’ve used Goodreads for two years now to keep track of the books I read. I rate them and post those ratings on Twitter and Facebook, and I hope that brings the books to other readers’ attention. Whether I know the author or not, I really want to contribute to the success of a book I love. While I occasionally leave a comment or two with my rating, I don’t do full reviews— mainly because I do know so many authors, and it feels weird. But also because I’m not a very good reviewer. I’ll leave it to readers who are more eloquent.
Every release is exciting. There’s so much potential for a book to do well. I love finding mentions of my book on the Internet, especially in places I didn’t know it would be. Even better is coming across someone who read it and tells me they liked it. 🙂
Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising #1) by Natalie Damschroder
Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.
Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.
But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day. But not as hard as denying their hearts…
Natalie J. Damschroder’s works span the continuum of escapist literature—and what’s wrong with that? Pleasure is as much a part of life as suffering, and there is no nobility in denial. At least, not when it comes to reading.
Her works encompass worlds of romance from here to space and other dimensions, worlds never before seen. Worlds of passion and adventure, and worlds just like our own. Whether in bite-sized pieces (short stories), heftier snacks (novellas), or full-course meals (novels), you are invited to Indulge Yourself…