Friday, January 18, 2013

The Author's View: Natalie Wright


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Natalie will award an autographed copy of "Emily's House", a handmade Celtic-inspired armlet, similar to one worn by Emily in the books and book swag to one randomly drawn commenter (US only -- an eBook of "Emily's House" will be substituted as the prize for an international winner). Click the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

My inner world is filled with mythic gods and goddesses, emerald hills and dimensions of shadow and mist, alien creatures and teenage girls finding their heart and power. This is a glimpse of the outer world I live in while I create my stories.

When I write, I surround myself with things that inspire me. I have a particular totem that I have nearby when writing the Akasha Chronicles stories – a beautiful, winged faerie of the wood that I named Nissa. See that little bottle in front of her? It’s a spell bottle made for me by a wonderful woman in Ireland. It’s full of Irish herbs, flowers and positive energy. This is my little ‘shrine’ to Emily Adams that helps fuel my imagination while writing the Akasha Chronicles.

This particular totem and the spell bottle are fitting for the Akasha Chronicles. Both Emily’s House (Book 1) and Emily’s Trial (Book 2) deal with Celtic myth, legend and Irish lore.

Speaking of inspiration and beauty, this is my view outside of my office window.

Blue skies and mountains! Okay, the roofs of the houses aren’t very inspirational, but you get the idea. I look over the roofs toward the majesty of the peaks when I need a pick-me-up. When I’m writing new material, I try to get outside for a walk every day. Is there anything more inspirational than God’s beauty?

I create vision boards from time to time, little inspirational pick-me-ups that help remind me of what’s important. My current vision board reminds me of why I write in the first place. That’s right – FUN!

Believe it or not, this is something that most writers need reminded of from time-to-time. Sure, writing can be fun. But a lot of the time, it feels more like this:


Even with mountains, blue sky, totems and vision boards, writing is damned hard.

Most of the time, I write on my laptop. I have a larger screen that I can hook it up to, but I like the intimacy of the words being closer to me when I write. And I’ve GOT to have music – always – when I write. Most of the time I listen to music without words when I’m writing – don’t want to start writing a story that steals lyrics from Moves Like Jagger! But I create a playlist ‘soundtrack’ for each book that I write. I play my soundtrack before I write to help get me into the right frame of mind.

But sometimes, I write with pen to paper. I’m picky about my writing tools. I only write new material for a book on Moleskine notebooks with a Dr. Grip pen. I know – high maintenance! I’ll take notes on lesser notebooks, but for inspirational words to flow, I need the smooth writing surface of a Moleskine. (Notice my ever-present Diet Coke – my must-have drink at around 3:00 p.m. each day!)

I’ve been using pen to paper more often lately. My creativity seems enhanced by the action of the pen to paper. I’ll probably write most of my next novel in a Moleskine. Can you say hand cramps?!

There you have it. A small peak into my writing world.

Happy reading :-)

About the Author:
Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can’t resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.

Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, now lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a high rise in a big city.

“Books are my friends, ideas my passion.”

Natalie enjoys chatting with readers, so stop by and say hi:

Blog: http://www.NatalieWrightsYA.blogspot.com
Twitter: @NatalieWright_
Facebook: NatalieWright.Author
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/468945.Natalie_Wright
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WritesKidsBooks
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/NatalieWright_
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/natwrites/



Two years ago, Emily’s journey began. She learned the ancient magic of her Celtic ancestors,and became a modern Celtic Priestess. The golden torc, forged by faerie hands, is still wound around her arm, fused to her soul. She was entrusted with powerful magic – secret knowledge.

But even a Priestess can feel desire – temptation – and the quest for love. Will passion entice Emily to use her sacred magic in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily’s Trial?

The Journey Continues . . .

3 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Natalie said...

Thank you for having me as a guest today. It was a fun post to put together :-)

bn100 said...

Fun inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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