Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Six Months of Sleepless Reading: an interview with Natalie Richards +US Giveaway

It's Day 3 of my blogaversary week, and today I share with you my interview with Natalie Richards, author of Six Months Later! Also, to those from the US, you can win a copy of the book bellow using the Rafflecopter widget!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

She has everything she's ever wanted. But not her memory...

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. 

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...


Hello Nat! I'm so happy to finally have you on Sleepless Reads! I'm going to start off with some easy questions: what's your favourite thing to snack on while writing? 

YAY!  Me too!  It’s so awesome to be here at last!  My favorite things are so weird.  I love chocolate (Ghiradelli chocolate and caramel is a favorite) but I’m also often sushi-powered.  And all of my writing is thanks to a frequent supply of Starbucks four-pump non-fat mochas.  ;-) 
How's Tumblr? 
Tumblr is amazing and shiny and I have literally had NO time to play on it.  Which makes me sad and stuff.  *sob* 
Who's your author/fictional character crush? 
Oooh….so many.  So. Darn. Many. I could write a book on crushes.  For authors,  I can go with Rainbow Rowell, Libba Bray, John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Jay Asher to name a few.  My most recent book crush/author crush is Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys.  Holy moly that is a book that cuts you to the quick.  Powerful stuff. 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of Six Months Later? 
Ironically, probably right about six months. HA! 
What made you want to write a cool, plot-twisty novel? Did it take lots of planning to write it? 
Um…my brain is twisted.  I know, way to keep the interview classy! But seriously, it is.  The book sort of felt like a web to me when I started it and the more I thought about it/wrote/outlined/planned (I’m a plantster by nature so I do a little “flying by the seat of my pants” with my writing and a little planning/plotting) the more threads my brain came up with.  I really enjoy books that keep you guessing and thinking.  
What advice would you give to your main character, Chloe, if you were able to write yourself in your book? 
Hmmm…it’s hard to do this without giving stuff away.  But I would tell her to believe in herself, that she’s not crazy. 
Did you have a specific character you related to the most while writing? 
Wow, this is a great question!  I think I’d actually have to pick Maggie.  Maggie drove something similar to what I learned to drive in – her room was a bit like mine.  She wasn’t based off of me or anything, but we have the most in common, I think. 
Since the book is called Six Months Later, and I am celebrating six months of blogging, what did you imagine your life six months before, and does your life now surprise you? 
WOW!  I love that question!  Okay, the biggest surprise?  I thought that maybe I’d get used to talking to readers and it would stop being so exciting to hear that people enjoyed my book.  But it’s not.  Quite the opposite.  I’m just so blown away and touched to meet so many great people that have enjoyed it.  It’s been amazing. 
Any upcoming projects? 
YES!  My next book is complete and scheduled (I think!) to be released in January of 2015.  It’s called Choose One Name and it’s a book that deals with vigilantism and a lot of moral ambiguity.  My main character, Piper, is in an incredibly tough position (geez—I must love to torture my poor heroines, huh? LOL!) and her journey is both scary and emotionally gutting.  I’m super excited about it! 
Thank you so much for having me on the blog – I'm really happy to be here and wish you ALL THE BEST in the next six months, six years, who knows….maybe even the next SIX DECADES…of blogging!  May it bring you lots of amazing people and books! 


About the Author

Natalie Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog.



As stated above, this is a US ONLY giveaway, because the author herself will be giving away this awesome prize! But don't worry international fans, I have 3 giveaways for you to enter here, here, and here! And tomorrow, is an ARC giveaway as well!


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