So, sometime in early 2015 we received a review request from Natalie E. Wrye. She was a debut author, I hadn’t heard of her yet, but something about the synopsis to her novel Behind The Blindfold Volume 1, simply peaked my interest. I’m so glad I took a chance and read her book, because not only did I enjoy her writing style but I loved her book. 5 books later, I’m still digging her style and I’m so glad she let me interview her. Check out her titles and the Q&A below:
Q & A
1. Hi Natalie!! So for those that don’t know you tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from. Is writing your full time job? What do you love to do?
Ok, where to begin?
Well… I live in the Atlanta area, but I’m a South Jersey girl—born and raised.
I’d love it if writing was my FULL time job, but unfortunately, bills need paying! LOL. I used to be a consultant for the software sector of a global power and automation company, but I wanted—No, NEEDED—to quit.
I was so unhappy in the position, so now I work with schools in the metro Atlanta area, teaching and tutoring science and math.
If I was unable to write—I mean, COMPLETELY unable to write—I’d make my life’s work about helping students.
2. When did you first get into indie publishing? And what’s your writing process (ex. do you plan it all first, write the end first than the beginning etc)
I published my first novel, Behind the Blindfold: Volume 1, on Thanksgiving Day 2014.
No fanfare. No announcement. No warnings.
Natalie Wrye, as an author, did NOT exist up until this point.
Best decision EVER. It forced me to write out an outline for a book, finish it, and place it on a platform for other people to pick up—MAYBE. 😉
That’s how my novels are usually written. There’s a general outline for the way that the mystery will play out (since I mostly write Romantic Mysteries), then sometimes the story takes a life of its own.
BUT… there’s always an INITIAL plan.
Do I always follow the plan to a T? Nahhhh. LOL. But that’s where the real magic begins, sometimes…
3. So the thing I love about your heroines is they are all are so real and relatable. I love they’re strong and secure but they can show their vulnerability. Which of your heroines is most like you?
Wow, this compliment just made my face turn hot. Thank you so much, Cezanne!!
Hmmm, this question doesn’t actually require a lot of thought!
Saturday, from the Behind the Blindfold duet, is definitely most like me. When I wrote her story, she was such a piece of me that to some extent I felt that we were inextricably linked.
Not that her story or her family or her life was mine, but her soul was.
She was an artist looking to break free, and in that respect, she was and will always hold an extremely special place in my heart.
4. Who’s your favorite character that you’ve written so far? And why?
Let’s see… Favorite character? Lukas Griffin.
He’s so different than the other men I’ve written. He’s a man that’s grown up living a black-and-white life only to realize that he’s treading into shades of grey… and he’s realizing that it isn’t the most awful thing in the world.
I like that he means what he says, and he says what he means.
He’s a “man’s man” through and through, and I enjoy delving into his perspective.
5. Your books are generally romantic mystery/suspense, what is your favorite mystery novel?
The DaVinci Code. Bar none.
Dan Brown had my literary loyalty for yearssss. And when I picked this book up, it started a frenzy in me.
I spent an entire vacation in New Orleans with my head stuck in this book. It took me on a ride that I never really forgot.
6. Who are your top 3 favorite authors?
Sandra Brown. (This woman is the REASON I write Romantic Mysteries).
Dan Brown. (Another Brown, of course.)
Patrick Rothfuss. (His writing is MAGICAL.)
7. What’s your inspiration for your stories and what do you want readers to take from your books?
Relationships are complicated—PERIOD—and I love to take two characters that, with all odds against them, find love in and for each other.
Does that mean that all of their stories will be happy endings? No, of course not.
But I hope that ultimately my readers will enjoy a HELL of a ride on those journeys with them.
8. What upcoming projects do you have?
After Minute by Minute is wrapped (I can’t wait to get this off of my handssss!), I’m sliding right into Beyond the Blindfold, a follow-up and continuation of the Behind the Blindfold duet.
I. CANNOT. WAIT.
Yay Lighting Round
1. New or old what is your favorite song?
The Girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto/Stan Getz
(I always have to look up the artists’ names. LOL)
But I dare you to listen to this song and NOT get in a better mood.
I DARE YOU.
2. Favorite novel?
As a child, my favorite novel (or trilogy) was the Dark Visions trilogy by L.J. Smith. Loved the mysterious and dark undertones that dealt with teenagers my age and the complexities of figuring out who they were as well as dealing with the consequences of having powers.
It would definitely be The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I know; I KNOW. No Romance novels?? LOL.
I actually surprise myself by how much I love fantasy novels. It’s so great being wrapped up in the world of a fabulous author’s making.
C – can I just say in middle through early adulthood
3. Favorite Band?
Coldplay… and I don’t want to hear another word about it. 😉
C: Ps…. I love Coldplay
4. What novel do you wish had written?
I can’t think of ONE. No matter how much I loved a novel, I would never want to take that amazing experience away from that author. Reading a body of work that you genuinely enjoy (that’s not your own) is too much fun to want to experience it any other way.
5. What author are you dying to meet?
J.K. Rowling, Patrick Rothfuss or E.L. James.
These are authors that have captured audiences around the globe, and I’d love to hear what went into the making of these worlds they’ve created on paper that have captivated SO many!
6. Skittles or M&ms
M&Ms… if they’re peanut. (C: any other way would be wrong!)
Skittles… if they’re in the purple bag!
7. Nutella or Peanut butter
Peanut butter. All day and tomorrow.
8. Wine or beer?
Come on, is this even a question? Literal WINO here.
9. Top 5 favorite shows/ movies?
Gilmore Girls. (C – I’ve only watched a few episodes. I know I know)
Beverly Hills, 90210.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Sex and the City.
CLEARLY, I’m stuck in the Nineties and Early 2000’s!
10.If you had to pick an actress you play you in a movie, who would you pick?
This is an interesting one!
Ok, probably… Natalie Portman.
There’s a sort of quiet and intelligent grace that she seems to have in everything that she does. I’d like to THINK that I’m that graceful… but whatever she has that makes her captivating to me, I’d like for her to represent that on my behalf.
Books by Natalie E. Wyre
Minute by Minute (Games and Diversions #3) – Coming soon