Natasha Larry was born and is still alive. She has an M.A. in American History, making her a professional cynic. Apart from writing, she is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. Darwin’s Children is her first novel length work of fiction.
- Do you have a favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is at the desk my father built for me. He’s always supported my writing and the desk is lovely. I also enjoy writing outside whenever the weather is warm and there is a nice breeze to go with it.
- What do you love most about writing?
Hmm, that’s a hard question. There are so many things. My answer is going to sound pretty dramatic, so get ready. What I love most about writing is that it makes me feel I can leave this world any time I choose. All I need is pen and paper, or in my case… Sharpie markers and paper. That’s pretty cool. I also love when readers talk to me about my characters as if they are real. I love that because my characters are very real to me, so it’s nice to know they feel the same way.
- What is the hardest and easiest part of the writing process for you?
The hardest part of the writing process is self-editing. It frustrates me because I always miss things, then I go back and do the face palm thing. I’ve finally accepted that you have to have other people edit and proof read your work. Maybe there are writers out there that don’t miss things, but I doubt it. Another hard part of writing is the actual typing. I have carpal tunnel and I have to wear those brace things, which I hate. However, if I try to type without them my fingers go numb. The easiest part of the writing process is coming up with fresh ideas. It’s also the most fun part.
- What five words best sum up your personality?
Crazy. Passionate. Dreamer. Compassionate. Friendly.
- Other than writing, what else do you love to do?
I love doing anything with my daughter. She recently joined a t-ball team so we’ve been having fun with that. I also love reading and collecting comic books and action figures. Did I mention I’m a nerd? Like all writers, I love to read.
- Describe your perfect day.
Hmm, another hard one it would probably start with breakfast in bed. Then, I get a call from Stan Lee, who needs my input on a new superhero… then I die because Stan Lee knows who I am. Scratch the death. After the call from Stan, I spend a few hours playing in the park with my kid. I come home, have dinner with my family. Spend a few hours writing, and fall asleep as soon as I close my eyes. That would be sweeeet.
- Do you have a writing schedule?
I try to write every day. Other than that, not really. Although I do try to schedule writing time when I know my kid will be at Grandma’s.
- What are your past, current, and/or next projects?
I currently have two published works via Penumbra Publishing. Here are few blurbs to enjoy:
Darwin’s Children: Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts! Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Her family’s special – in more ways than one. Her mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And her godfather John can literally convince anyone to do anything. But, as far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love her pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of… Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie and her family, until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!
Unnatural Law: Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.
As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.
Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.
Natasha can be reached:
On her blog: http://natashalarrybooks.com