As a special challenge to myself I wanted to try an author interview as a posting. I have to tell you I had a great time doing this. My victim of choice was Natasha Thomas author of The Devil’s Spawn MC Series. Natasha jumped right on board with my request and is truly a wonderful and open person to work with. I enjoyed her responses and I really believe you will as well. Thank you Natasha for being such a great sport and doing this interview with me!
Natasha has a large following of readers with her Devil’s Spawn Series which she has given us a look at Alpha males that will do anything to protect those they love. Her other biker series is that of the Vengeance MC which she introduced in Devil’s Spawn. I love the bad boy biker alpha and can’t help but being drawn to Natasha’s character’s….who can resist a bad boy!
Please welcome Natasha Thomas!
1.Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born in New Zealand, but moved to Brisbane, Australia when I was 7. I met my husband just after I turned 15 and we have been together ever since, getting married 4 days after I turned 18. I know, crazy right? My beautiful daughter, Sarah was born 8 months before we got married, and my only son, Christian 18 months later. Having got a job offer he couldn’t refuse, we packed up and moved to Sydney in 2005 and haven’t looked back. The baby of our family, Chloe was born that very same year. I’ve always loved to read, but let me tell you, late nights, early mornings, and all-nighters with a sleep resistant infant meant I had plenty of time to catch up on my TBR list.
2. Being a published author is somewhat new for you isn’t it? Can you share a little about your experiences with us?
It’s true, being a self-published author is somewhat new to me. I only released my first eBook, Burnt in the January of 2015. Everything about publishing was new and scary to me at first. I knew nothing about what it took to be an author. The grueling hours, finding a proof reader and editor, managing Facebook, author, and amazon pages, marketing, printing, and finding author swag was all very overwhelming. To some degree, it still is. I love it though. Every stressful second.
- What has been the best and worst experience in publishing your books?
I’d have to say by far the best part about self-publishing are my readers. I have received so much encouragement and support, heartfelt messages and emails that it has kept me going through the harder times in between. The worst, well, that’s a more difficult question. If I had to name one thing, I would say the reviews. Occasionally there is a negative review that will get to me more than others, and those times I have to remind myself that it’s just one out of the many positive responses.
- When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed creative writing, but I decided to make it a career when my thirteen-year-old son had a severe accident which would mean that I would have to be a stay at home mom until he’s much older. That was eighteen months ago now.
- Why do you write?
Writing is a stress reliever for me. I have so many ideas for plots, characters, and stories that are fighting to be set free, so letting them take shape on the pages in front of me helps to clear my mind.
- What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Putting cursor to page for the first time came about when I was sitting in the hospital with my son and couldn’t sleep. I wanted to do something that wouldn’t interfere with caring for him but would still stimulate me, be challenging, and I could be proud of.
- How much research do you do?
How much research I do is dependent on where I am in a series. If I’m at the beginning, book 1 for example, there is hours of research that goes into it before I even sit down at my laptop. At a guess, at least 2-3 weeks.
- Where can we buy or see them?
All of my eBooks are available exclusively on Amazon. Paperback copies are in the works currently, and will be available through my website, CreateSpace, Facebook, and Amazon.
- How did the idea of Devil’s Spawn MC come to you?
Devil’s Spawn MC wasn’t actually the first book I ever wrote, Call Me…Vengeance was. However, I wanted to introduce people into my style of MC writing gently, so I created Devil’s Spawn in order to do just that.
- What draws you to this genre?
I have met and am lucky to call a few bikers who are active in motorcycle clubs friends. I wanted to tell the stories of men who are more often than not misunderstood. I love alpha males, and who better to portray one than men dressed in leather, riding chrome beasts, covered in tattoos and piercings who would protect the people they love at all costs.
- Devil’s Spawn has some very intense experiences for some of the characters such as Adelyn. How is for you as a writer to develop these scenes.
Adelyn was a difficult character for me to write, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. She is a culmination of my own experiences and that of a dear friend of mine. It wasn’t easy to relay to my readers her mindset or how she struggled, but it was worth it. I fell in love with her courage, strength, and her ability to love unconditionally throughout the process. It was hard going, and there were definitely times I wanted to shut the lid on my laptop and not go on, but I felt I would be doing her a grave injustice if I did. When I tackle scenes like hers, I take a step back and put myself in the reader’s shoes. I think about how they will react, what I need them to know in order to convey the feeling she is having, and what they will take away from it. As I said, it isn’t easy but it is rewarding.
- I personally would like to know how you created such bad boys who in the story make men quake in fear but they are passionate about their families. They are alphas but they love their families and will protect them at all costs. How were you able to develop this balance in your alpha males? What inspired their particular traits?
The alphas in my books aren’t based on real life people, but some of their traits certainly are. I’ve had long talks with the men I know who belong to MC’s, their family and friends, and some of the people who hang around with them on a regular basis so that I could get a clear picture of how they live. Personally, I don’t think there is anything sexier than a man who can protect his family but in doing so be gentle and compassionate at the same time.
- Do you have any surprises in store of your Devil’s Spawn followers?
I do have a surprise for my Devil’s Spawn MC devotees. One of the characters introduced in Forged, Tucker will be getting his own book. I’m not saying it will be soon, but it will happen.
- What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on both the Vengeance MC series; book 2 Fury’s story, and the second book in the Patricks’ Brothers series, Eye See You.
- What’s it about?
Eye See You is a continuation of the Patricks’ Brothers series, a family of 7 brothers and 1 sister who together run a private security and investigations company. Fury’s story isn’t only a continuation of the Vengeance MC series; it is also a story about second chances and overcoming pain with all the odds stacked against you.
- 1 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
This question is a harder one to answer, so I’ll focus on Fury because otherwise we would be here all day. As Vengeance’s Enforcer, Fury is no stranger to violence and pain, nor is he adverse to it. In book 1 of the series you learn that he lost his wife ten years prior and hasn’t come to terms with how she died as yet. Fury’s story will follow him as he learns to let go of things he cannot change, and fight to change the things he can. His dedication, loyalty, and the love he’s capable of make him more than worthy of his very own HEA.
- When do you expect it to be available to readers?
Fury will hopefully be available to readers at the end of the first week of February or the start of the second.
- If you could place your favorite character of any of your books in to a movie, who would you see as the actor?
My favorite character is still and will always be, Reaper. Finding someone to play him in a movie would be extremely difficult because I don’t know if there is a man alive who could do him justice. But, in a pinch I would have to cast Jason Statham. I may be a little based here, but I love everything he’s acted in and think he could bring my man Reaper to life like no other.
- Which of your books was your favorite to write?
Favorite book to write? That is a toss-up between Captive, book 4 in the Devil’s Spawn MC series, and Call Me…Vengeance, book 1 in the Vengeance MC series. I loved writing both of them but for very different reasons. Both of the main male characters have a special place in my heart.
- Do you have any plans to branch in to different genre?
Branching out into different genres started with the Patricks’ Brothers series but I am in no way finished with it. I have another project in the works, but it’s a secret (shhh) until I’ve released the last Vengeance book.
- Do you like to interact with your readers and if yes how can they best contact you?
There is nothing I like more than hearing from my readers. Facebook messages, emails, PM’s, posts to my page, I’ll answer any and all messages I get as quickly as I can. I find it easier to communicate through email on a whole, though. I tend to ramble on sometimes making my PM’s too long for some people, so if you want to get in touch with me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Favorite things:
- Place; Denver, Colorado
- Color; Hot pink
- Book; Motorcycle Man, by Kristen Ashley
- Movie; Transformers, Dark of the Moon
- Author; Kristen Ashley
- Band; Metallica
- Song; One, by Metallica
- Animal; Rottweiler, mine to be specific
- Food; Anything Mexican
- Season; Winter
- Accessory; My tattoos (I have too many to count)
- Car; 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 in silver
- Motorcycle; Harley Davidson V-rod in matte black
Here is a look at Natasha’s series…..
Devil’s Spawn MC
A Patrick Brother’s Novel Book 1
Vengeance MC Book 1