The world is not what Riley Kordek imagined. On the run from those who’ve targeted her, all Riley wants is a chance to figure out her new ability to bend metal’s energy. When a hot guy who knows more than he should helps her escape her attackers, she thinks she might’ve found someone who can lead her to the answers she needs.
Three years ago, Sam Remington walked away from his employer and the woman he loved, and now, all he’s looking to do is fill the gaping hole left behind. Except, when Sam takes Riley to the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the stakes rise beyond what either of them could have imagined.
After being alone for so long, falling for Sam would be far too easy—and far too painful, once his old flame calls needing his help. Worse, Riley uncovers a plot with disastrous ramifications not only for herself, but for Sam and the people he loves—and potentially every goddess in the country.
~ Bewitching BT
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
It’s the second book in a trilogy, so my contract inspire me. LOL No, mainly I was inspired by the hero, Sam, who had his heart broken in the first book and needed to find his true love.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
My protagonist, Riley, came out of a desire to explore a heroine different from those I usually write. She’s young, but has been through enough hardship to have seasoned her. She’s scared, and has to find her strength instead of it being inherent.
My antagonist arose from the story itself, a power-hungry, charming man who’s even more determined than my heroine and hero.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
The only time I had true writer’s block was when I was pregnant. All my creativity got sucked from my brain to my uterus. LOL I knew I was going to go into labor when suddenly I wrote 8 new pages. Sure enough, that night, I woke up with contractions.
Other times when writing has been a struggle, I’ve had to balance time away from the story—so my brain could work on it subconsciously—with plowing through until I “discovered” what was supposed to happen. I can’t let either go on too long, either the simmering or the struggling.
5. Your all time favorite book?
I have to say Harry Potter, partly because otherwise it’s impossible to pick, and partly because I still take time to listen to all the books start to finish once a year.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
Jim Dale, the narrator. He gives incredible performances and makes it so easy to visualize the world that JK Rowling built. Also, the books have great characters and great adventure and even a hint of romance once it’s appropriate. 🙂
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Years! Sometimes it’s because of interruption with other projects/contracts, sometimes it’s been because my skill wasn’t up to my ambition. A book is never finished until it’s published, and sometimes not even then.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’m sure it has. Being an author has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever undertaken, so it has challenged me and, I’m certain, molded who I am. But I’m a huge introvert, and I’m not sure I’d have any friends or ever go out in public if I weren’t part of writing communities. All of my friends are writers!
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Oh, definitely, whenever feedback made me feel like a horrible writer. But being under contract helps a lot with the “don’t give up” mindset. LOL During my career, though, any time I’ve considered quitting, something inside me said “No way.” This is just what I’m meant to do, so I keep doing it.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot! Working at a day job as a chiropractic assistant, doing freelance editing and proofreading, and getting my kids ready for college and high school. When I have a few rare moments of free time, I love relaxing in front of well-written scripted TV shows or a football game.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I try very hard to be pragmatic about it and shrug it off. It’s impossible for everyone to like every book. *I* don’t like everything I read, and that doesn’t make it bad. My advice is to ignore it, try not to even be aware it exists.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Heavy Metal is book 2 of the Goddesses Rising trilogy that concludes in December 2013 when Marley Canton seeks redemption by protecting other goddesses from a new threat that turns out to be not only bigger than she imagined, but originates from within. She has to team up with Gage Samargo, a man on the other side of the conflict that she’s not sure she can trust.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I have two romantic adventures coming out soon from Entangled Ignite. A Kiss of Revenge is scheduled for November, and Hearts Under Siege for February 2014. I’ll also be working on the next books in my Soul Series over the next few months.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
For my daughter’s college tuition to be paid! LOL
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
The first book that popped into my head was The Stand, because it’s really long.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Mostly tea, but mocha in the morning
5. Favorite season?
Fall! Crisp air and football.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
Ooh, good one. 10:00 a.m. or 9:00 p.m.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
I did Brownies for a year, but it didn’t take.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
I just finished Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Kiss the Bride by Jody Wallace and bought Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O’Neil.
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Not officially, but I do have a lot of things related to the Lord of the Rings movies and the New England Patriots. I also like to get giant coffee mugs from places I visit.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
White! Or indigo. Or indigo and white.
12. Drama or comedy?
The best shows/films/books have both.
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“Nothing can hold you back if you really want it… Do you really want it?” —Ricky Martin
14. Cats or dogs?
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight, definitely. I’m not much for crowds and can’t dance worth a darn!
About the Author & Links:
Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance—Love with a Shot of Adrenaline. She sold her first book in 1999, and 2013 will see the publication of her 14th novel. She grew up in Massachusetts and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.)
When she’s not writing, revising, proofreading, or promoting her work, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters she’s dubbed “the anti-teenagers,” one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)