Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guest Blogger: Author Natalie Anderson

The next blog guest on my Romance Author Extravaganza is the super talented Natalie Anderson, who pens addictive, smokin' hot romances. Go for it, Natalie!

When you're a writer there are several milestones in your career that give you the most massive thrill - holding your first (and actually, any subsequent books) in your hands for the first time, seeing them on the shelf in a bookshop at the local mall, getting your first email from a reader who loved the story you wrote, getting your books in translation. It's a fabulous reward for those 'hard slog' days!

I've had a couple of lovely 'buzz' moments recently - getting copies of my books in Manga - I'm sooooo thrilled about that - check out the cover of this one, I love it!!! And I had another thrill this month with a book included in the Australian/New Zealand "Best Selling Authors Collection 2012".

The story of mine in the anthology is UNBUTTONED BY HER MAVERICK BOSS (in the US this was released as REBEL WITH A CAUST). I'm so thrilled this book is getting another outing as it is a particular favourite of mine. I love the hero, Lorenzo, for many reasons, but one of the biggies is the way he gives the heroine, Sophy, the time to reach for her dreams. Sophy is the kind of girl I think many of us can relate to - she's trying very hard to be all things to all people and she tends to shove her own dreams to the bottom of the 'to do' list. But Lorenzo pulls her up on this - realising that the root of Sophy's reason for being so busy, is fear - she doesn't want to fail in something that's so precious to her. But she's been given an opportunity and he's not going to let her self-sabogage it! He whisks her away for the weekend - and then pretty much abandons her, literally giving her the time and the space to get the work she needs to get done, done. Of course, he does come back later in the day and helps soothe her weary muscles (think massage and thermal pools...) ;) But thanks to him she got the work done, her confidence grew and she began to truly believe in her ability.

I think many people get bogged down in day to day 'busy'-ness and often don't take the time to give their creative selves a chance - and actually sometimes it takes courage to take the time for yourself and your own dreams. My husband, my real life hero (who is of course, inspiration for all my romance heroes) is the guy who gave me the time - literally - to start my own writing career. I was home with two small children and he'd take them off (to the park, via the cafe) so I could sit at the computer and try to 'write a book' - because I'd always said I wanted to. It was such a supportive thing - and still does - for me. Giving someone time (especially as a busy mum!) is the most fabulous gift!

Is finding time to fulfil your creative self a problem for you? If you got given some time, what would you do with it - write, paint, garden, dream? Would you create something yourself or enjoy the creations of someone else?! Tell me what would you do before enjoying the massage and thermal pools?!? ;)

USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon and Entangled. With twenty books published, she's also been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year). She lives in Chirstchurch, New Zealand with her husband, four children and what feels like a million ducks. Sign up to her newsletter and find out more at her website on Twitter  and on Facebook.


  1. Great post, Natalie! I'm working away on a new book, but I don't have anything planned like a massage or thermal pools after. That may have to change... :-)

  2. Such a good husband! It might not be roses and champagne, but giving you the ability to pursue a dream is very romantic in my books :)

    I am cripplingly right-brained, so there's never a dearth of creative outlets in my day-to-day activities. I need help and direction to do anything in a logical, pattern-producing way. Get organized? Be on time anywhere? Do anything the same way twice... You know the normal stuff. Were I having a magic, opposite-creativity day, I'd get organized. And then go to the spa. With floaties.

  3. Definitely change the plans Libby - there is nothing like a massage when you've made the deadline by the skin of your teeth and are slumped over the desk!!!!

  4. I thought so too Amalie :) He's a treasure! LOL about getting organized - its exhausting isn't it?!?! I always want to fall into a sloth heap and read for hours after I've tried to 'get on top of everything'.
    But I love that you're so creative - that's awesome!!!! I can only create with words--can't do any of craft/sewing/art stuff at all - too left-handed and useless with my fingers! I so wish I could!!!!!

  5. I totally agree with both of you about the challenges of getting organized! I find I fantasize a LOT these days about how great life would be if I had a PA. Hehe. Maybe someday... but probably not.

    I will have to make time for that massage - thanks for the nudge, Natalie! Hard to take the time though. I'm prepping for my first ever RWA conference. SO excited!!! After that's over, I will most definitely take a few days to relax. :-)

  6. Hi Natalie great post! Aw your husband sounds wonderful. You've given me a little nudge to confess to my DH that I secretly write when he's at work.
    Spare time treat for me is definitely reading. Can't help but admire creative talents of others. Oh and I would love to decorate a cake so that it actually looks like the image in my head (never a good end result!)
    Congrats on the buzz moments :)


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