February 16, 2013

Author Spotlight: Natalie-Nicole Bates

Today I'm pleased to welcome author Natalie-Nicole Bates to the blog to talk a little bit about her novel Change of Address and being a writer.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know you wanted to be a writer?

I think it was when I was reviewing. I realized that I could write as well as review.

What inspired Change of Address?

I had come up with the premise of what would happen if two people received identical wills leaving them each the same house. Each will is signed and dated for the same days, but two different lawyers, both swearing they are authentic. Who has the genuine will and who has the fake?

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

For me, that’s a difficult question. I find that both arrive in my mind at the same time. Basically, this person doing this specific thing, and it goes on from there.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging when you were writing Change of Address?

Change of Address touches on a few very touchy subjects. One from Josselyn’s past that always seems to rear its ugly head, and one from Ben’s not so distant past that nearly destroyed him personally and professionally.

If you could be one of your characters from any of your books, who would you chose? Why?

I’m still madly in love with Cary Anders from SEE ME. Although I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to experience a few things she did, she has and does live a pretty remarkable life.

When writing Change of Address, was there anyone or anything specific that inspired the character Ben?

No, not anyone living. I knew I wanted a doctor and a blond haired older hero. It just sort of blossomed from there.

In your opinion what three words best describe Josselyn?

Strong. Survivor. Dedicated.


Coffee or Tea? 


Milk chocolate or Dark? 


Favorite novel and why?

Valley of the Dolls. It’s an amazing novel written in the 1960’s (before I was born) and in my opinion, it still holds up in today’s world.

Hard copy books or e-books? Why?

Ebooks. Instant gratification, wider selection of subject and length.

What kind of weather do you write best in?

Winter. I prefer to be closed in warm and snug.

Favorite author and why?

Too many to mention. My favourite authors change on a weekly basis.

If you could turn one book or series into films, what would you pick and who would you cast as the main characters?

SEE ME. For Carly, Minka Kelly. For Daniel, that’s tough…I couldn’t come up with any current actors who fit the part. James Root from the band Slipknot, would probably be the closest.

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Author Bio:

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author. Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia. 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.

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