Dark Oak Press has just released science-fiction author Natalie Silk’s newest novel in the Stars’ Fire series: Part one of a Power Gathering. She was kind enough to give us an author interview about her own writing process and her books.
What genres do you enjoy writing? My favorite genre to write is, of course, science fiction. My focus right now is science fiction for girls; but I’m developing a short story that’s alternative history
Tell us about your latest book. My next book is the next in the Stars’ Fire series. Dahliea now must live like any other thirteen year old girl on Earth. She learns to enjoy shopping at the mall and a few secrets.
What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration? When I was twelve, I had a dream of five monks wearing a triangle-shaped pendant with a red stone in the center. One of the monks told me that, “You’re not ready,” and I woke. I had subsequent dreams of a girl with a pendant and I wrote them all down. Thirty seven years later, Dark Oak published Stars’ Fire.
What does your writing process look like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? I do a combination of things. Since I’m very ‘old-school,’ I write out a draft with paper and pen and then use my trusty lap top (I’m not that ‘old-school’). The first draft is all action punctuated with some dialogue and looks like ‘word hurl’. The second draft looks a little less as if I threw words onto paper to see what sticks.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I think having to write on paper is a little strange compared to all the electronics available.
What are you working on at the minute? I just completed my second draft of my fourth book. I’m letting it cool a little bit so I can write an alternative history short story.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? I just love Asian and Latin names, such as: Sophia, Xavier, and Li.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? I stay away from love and racy scenes since I write YA. I’m in no mood to be greeted by an angry PTA mob on my front porch.
When did you decide to become a writer? I wanted to be a writer since I was ten.
Why do you write? Writing is such a great hobby; and hopefully it’ll turn into a really great part-time career.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I was wanted to meet Ernest Hemingway (preferably when he was on an upswing).
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Don’t ever, ever (and I mean ever) give up.
How can readers discover more about you and you work? I invite readers to come and talk to me at conventions and on my Facebook page: Natalie Silk, Author.
Be sure to check out Natalie Silk’s first novel in the series, Star’s Fire!