Straight-laced Anna Walker finds herself in a steamy extramarital affair with a noir film photographer Alec Prentice. He’s sexy and irresistible, drawing her into his world of sex and seduction. But soon, his bad boy ways and her guilty conscious consume her and push her to end the affair abruptly. Not long after ending the affair, she frighteningly realizes she is being stalked. As she desperately continues her attempt to keep the affair a secret, the stalking escalates. Even when it begins to jeopardize her safety, she refuses to get help for fear of her secret being exposed. Forcing her to take matters into her own hands, leading her down a path of deception and violence. As a hurricane bears down on the coastal city of Wilmington North Carolina, she finds herself alone with a gun clutched to her chest, as she faces her stalker and his terrifying secret. Leaving her fighting for her life and for everything else that ever mattered.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Natalie Banks whose book The Dark Room and The Canary’s Song thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend the books to all of those that love romantic suspense but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Natalie Banks, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Natalie Banks!
Natalie Banks is the best selling and award-winning author of The Water is Wide, The Dark Room and The Canary’s Song. She is a previous recipient of The North Carolina Governor’s Writing Award. She weaves characters with relatable humanity and stories that touch the heart and soul. She has quickly become a favorite among readers. Natalie is currently working on a new novel due to come out in late Fall 2018. When not writing, she spends time on the beach in North Carolina with her husband and children.
Now, how wonderful does Natalie Banks sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.
I am so glad to be here. I appreciate you inviting me!
I am a Southern Novelist and have been writing since I was 12 years old. I actually started writing by happenstance. I had just finished reading a book that had a terrible ending. My heart was broken and I had nowhere to go with my feelings, so I did the only thing I could think of to do, and that was to fix it. I opened up my notebook and wrote a new ending to the story. After reading what I wrote, I closed the notebook and sighed. At that moment, I knew I was a writer. I had been bitten by the bug and it consumed me.
After that, I studied Creative Writing throughout high school and college. I received numerous awards for my writing including the distinguished North Carolina Governor’s Writing Award.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I actually have three books out right now and am getting ready to release my fourth. My books are centered around the lives of women who are going through or have gone through some sort of life challenge and in the end, overcome these challenges in their unique ways. I try to write stories that are relatable and give the reader a first-hand experience. They experience all of the emotions, ups and downs, that my characters go through. In the end, they feel they know the character so well, that they feel that they have made a new friend.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
My best advice would be to keep writing and never stop. If it is truly your passion, then continuing to write is good for you and for your readers. It only gets better with time!
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I honestly think that having relatable characters is the most important thing about a book. The story can be phenomenal but if you don’t have a character that people can relate to, no one is going to care what that character went through.
What is your writing process like?
I am a little different than the typical writer in the sense that I write from the hip. Ideas are always coming to me, so I am usually working on half a dozen books at one time. When I finally decide that “this is the one” I will sit down at my computer and write it for weeks on end, until it is finished.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It depends on the subject matter. If it is something that I happen to not know much about, I will interview people, read blogs, read books, and watch movies/documentaries about it, so that I can become a semi-expert about it. I think it is very important to know your subject matter very well, otherwise you can’t convey the experience to the reader.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I try to release three books a year, so I know in the back of my mind the timing for my books. However, I do not write until I feel the valve release and I know that this book is the one I am supposed to write right now.
As far as daily schedules, if I am in the middle of a book, you can’t keep me away from the computer. In all honesty, I can get the blahs sometimes and I just won’t write that particular day. I give myself permission to walk away anytime that I need or want to.
Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Since I am always working on my own books, I sadly have little time to read anymore, but I absolutely still love to do so. Some of my favorites are Anita Shreve, C.S. Lewis, Kim Edwards, Elizabeth Gilbert, and many more!!
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I am actually working on a brand-new release that should be out early next year! I am very excited to share it with my readers! Keep an eye on my Instagram or Facebook page to be the first to know!
@nataliebanksnovels (Facebook) and @officialnataliebanks (Instagram)
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Natalie Banks! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about Natalie Banks, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,