Folks, please give a warm welcome to author Natalie Wright. I recently met her at Albuquerque’s Bubonicon where we spent close to an hour talking about books (of course!). It’s my great pleasure to have her on the blog today. Enjoy! Scroll to the bottom for the ebook and audiobook giveaway of Books 1 & 2 of her H.A.L.F. series.
If you could be an extra on a TV show or movie, what would it be and what would you be doing?
This one is hard because I love so many movies and shows! I’m a huge Star Wars nut, so it would be great to be an extra in a Star Wars movie. I’d love to be cast as a Jedi knight, swinging a light saber in the background. But given my short, squat stature and lack of athleticism, they’d probably cast me as an Ewok!
I also love Game of Thrones and would love to wear a beautiful silk gown and perhaps be a lady-in-waiting in a court. But given my flaming hair and Celtic genes, they’d probably cast me as a Stygian-witch sort of character, wearing rough-spun peasant clothes and gathering herbs or brewing potions.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a great question! I think it would be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Of course she is no longer with us, so it’s not going to happen! But that book was so influential to me as a child. It was the first science fiction book that I ever read and it opened a world of possibility for me.
It’s time for you to host the book club. Who do you invite (living, dead, fictional, real)? And what 3 books will you be discussing?
Ooohh, a delicious question. I’m a huge fan of the Bard so I’d have to invite William Shakespeare. And since I’m inviting dead people, I’d also invite Charles Dickens, Madeleine L’Engle (and hopefully get that autograph we talked about ;-), and Robert Jordan (author of the Wheel of Time series). And speaking of the Wheel of Time, I’d love to meet my current book boyfriend, Rand Al’Thor in person so I’d invite him (so long as he promises not to channel the One Power and burn anything down).
But who wants a party with only dead people? I loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I think she’d get along nicely with the ghost guests. Another favorite and all-around cool lady, I’d love for Anne Rice to attend. I think I owned at least one copy of every one of Anne’s books when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. And of course J.K. Rowling. I mean come on, any book party has to include the icon that pretty much created the YA genre. Finally, I’d want to meet Suzanne Collins. I’d love to pick her brain about many aspects of The Hunger Games trilogy.
We can discuss only three books?! Impossible!
Given the folks in attendance, it would be fun to compare and contrast the young protagonists/heroes of Hamlet, Harry Potter and Rand from Wheel of Time. And wouldn’t it be cool to get William Shakespeare’s opinions on Katniss Everdeen? Okay, that’s four books.
What future invention would you like to see not only created during your life time, but readily available to the public?
The invention that I want is teleportation. I’m ridiculously curious and want to see everything and love to travel and see new things. Even if I had an unlimited purse, the time (and pain in the arse) of travel makes it a drag. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could get into a telephone booth-type gadget and like Dr. Who, basically instantly and relatively painlessly travel to another part of the world? Or even another part of the galaxy?
What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
Okay, I’ve had some crappy jobs. Right up there was the summer between my senior year of high school and college when I worked at a SuperAmerica gas station/convenience mart (like a Circle K for west coasters). Absolute worst thing ever? Working on July 4 and a biker gang stopped and all of them used the toilet. I refuse to speak of what I had to clean up in that restroom!
The most difficult job though was my twenty years as a divorce lawyer. Better pay than the convenience mart job and I didn’t have to clean nasty bathrooms! But it was emotionally intense. I enjoyed helping people, but it was hard to be involved in rancor day-in and day-out.
Writing has its own difficulties, but I truly love every aspect of my writing life. I even like editing.
Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
Being a big fan of The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, I was super excited last year when I found out he would be at Bubonicon in Albuquerque. I had a table in the vendor area that was right across from George’s bookstore and though he didn’t work the table, he popped in from time-to-time to chat with the folks running it for him. I had several chances over the three days to at least say hello. I watched as other people approached him, respectfully, to get autographs.
I sat at my table and each time he walked by, it was like I had been hit by a spell that made me mute! I couldn’t even speak or make eye contact! I was so afraid of sounding like a babbling idiot that I didn’t even say hello.
Maybe next year I’ll work up the nerve to at least say hi.
Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?
I travel quite a bit to appear at sci-fi/fantasy cons, comic cons and book festivals. My next travel will be in late September for Salt Lake Comic Con. It’s my favorite large con (around 120,000+ people attend). It’s a gathering of nerds and geeks from all over the northwestern US and lots of readers! I’ll also be at Tucson Comic Con (TusCon) and the Mesa Book Festival this year.
Now that I’ve finished writing the H.A.L.F. series—which I worked on for seven years!—I’m free to explore anything. Exciting! I’m toying with the idea of writing a spin-off from the H.A.L.F. series involving the M’Uktah culture on their planet. I’m also developing an epic high fantasy series, but I’m keeping the details of that one quiet for now. If it goes as I envision, I think readers are going to love it.
About Author Natalie Wright:
Natalie is the author of the award-winning science fiction series H.A.L.F., and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cat overlords.
Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.
Synopsis of H.A.L.F. The Deep Beneath, Book 1:
H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?
The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.
Synopsis of H.A.L.F. The Makers, Book 2:
Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.
You’ve seen the aliens known as “the Greys” in movies and on TV. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?
And what if the Greys are only the beginning?
On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M’Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.
Erika Holt dodged death and departed Earth in an alien ship. It wasn’t how she’d planned to spend her senior year. Is she on her way to paradise? Or to a hell worse than the underground lab she escaped?
The greys rescued Tex from A.H.D.N.A. and have promised him a life he could never have imagined. But what will he have to give up to become one with the Conexus?
Jack Wilson is still Commander Sturgis’ prisoner but a promise of freedom comes from an unlikely source. Will his liberation cost more than he’s willing to pay?
Commander Sturgis has the vindication she craved and the alien war she prepared for. But while she cleans up the mess the aliens left behind, The Makers have other plans for Sturgis and her prized creation, Alecto.
Caught up in their personal battles, will any of them realize the threat that looms over us all before it’s too late?
Each winner will be allowed to choose either Book 1 or Book 2 of the H.A.L.F. series. There will be 2 ebook winners and 2 audiobook winners. That’s 4 winners total! Giveaway is open international. Ends October 16, 2017, midnight. Do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer these questions in the comments: 1) Who are some of your favorite science fiction authors? If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? Leave a way to contact you.