Natalie Anderson's, Biography
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On Writing and Reading…
What do you like least about being a writer? Sometimes I have the feel of a scene, or of a story but I can’t get it right. It really is like sweating blood – and the doubts that come with it are horrendous.
Do you have a favourite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favourite? Not yet! I like traveling, and traveling in my head is fun too so I like to vary the settings depending on what takes my fancy. I’m quite keen on exotic – even for just part of a story.
Which of the books you have written is your favourite? It’s always the one I’m currently working on.
What is your favourite recent Mira, Silhouette, or Mills & Boon title by another author? I loved Wife for a Week by Kelly Hunter and also Behind the Scenes by Trish Jensen. They both had laugh aloud scenes for me but were also great emotional reads.
What are your five all-time favorite books (with authors)? Oh this is too hard so I am going to have to cheat a little:
1.Anything by Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Cadell, Lucy Walker and Mary Stewart
2.Anything by Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse
3.Anything by Jane Austen
4.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5.Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson (and a whole host of other children’s/young adults books that I still turn back to time and again for comfort).
What one specific piece of advice would you give a would-be writer trying to kick-start a career? To get in the habit of writing every day. The more you write, the better you will get. As with anything – practice, practice, practice.
Describe the ultimate romantic meal. I’m a vegetarian but somehow a dish of salad and new potatoes doesn’t sound that romantic so let’s skip straight to dessert: real raspberry sauce (on anything), lemon meringue pudding (different to ‘pie’ this is hot with lots of bittersweet lemon sauce) and some pavlova (more raspberries on top please). A whole buffet of sumptuous desserts would be good.
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie? I guess I have to say Ladyhawke - it’s the only movie I actually own on DVD. Rutger Hauer is a fabulous tortured alpha warrior who is tender at the same time, Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful and true to her lover and Matthew Broderick’s character is hilarious. It’s a sweet story but really funny at the same time.
What is your all-time favorite romantic song or composition?
Now this is impossible – it changes all the time depending on mood and location and the memories inspired, but one song I listen to over and over when I’m writing is ‘And the grass won’t pay no mind’ by Neil Diamond. A gentle song about lovers al fresco!
What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received? My husband knew I had studied singing as a teenager and that I loved it. When we were living in London he found an opera teacher and arranged for me to have lessons. My Christmas present was this tiny diary and he had written in all the lesson times in it. It was really lovely and an early indicator of his support for my hobbies and dreams. Once he knew I wanted to write he gave me hour upon hour of time while he played with the kids – he still does this for me and without it I’d never have gotten published.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship? I’m never afraid to discard clothing;
What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic? Communicate – maybe over a glass or three of red wine and some Neil Diamond playing in the background.
Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever traveled? It would have to be Rome. I went with for my birthday with my then boyfriend. It was autumn but the days were still warm. Walking through the Forum, sitting eating fresh mozzarella, drinking wine. It was so beautiful. It rubbed off on my boyfriend as well because he proposed a week later…
All About her...
Besides writing, what other talent would you most like to have? Piano. I’d love to learn now but need to wait for that window of time.
Who is someone you admire and why? JK Rowling - because she works really hard and she’s single-handedly introduced thousands of kids (big and little) to the joy of reading.
Do you have a good luck charm or superstition?
Not really – but I do touch wood.
Share one of your favorite indulgences with us.Life being what it is at the moment (super busy) it would have to be reading. A favourite indulgence is to read a book start to finish in one sitting. (Ok, maybe I read the end first sometimes). I have already warned my husband that he’s on solo parent duty come July 21 – release of the last Harry Potter!
What quality do you most admire in a man? Shoulders. Oh. I missed quality. Aside from the fundamentals of honesty and integrity it has to be sense of humour.
What is the one thing you've always wanted to do, but never had the courage to try? Walk on a high wire and swing on a trapeze.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? I’d love to say Broadway Star but I get stage fright.
What quote or personal saying do you live by? Who said it? I have no idea who said it but I do believe ‘what goes around, comes around’.
Like many a modern day Mills & Boon author I have my Grandmother to thank for introducing me to the world of fabulously rich heroes, beautiful heroines and toe curling passion.
As a teen I alternated between her Mills & Boons, Lucy Walkers, Georgette Heyers, Elizabeth Cadells, Mary Stewarts and Agatha Christies and the supposedly more 'serious' classics that were on our shelves, mixed in with everything. But I must admit it was either the romance or detective stories that I'd turn to on those days when I wanted a relaxing read. I'd read that Georgette Heyer for the fortieth time - the old friend who still makes me laugh.
It's well known that rugged tycoon Lorenzo Hall comes from the wrong side of the tracks, and that opposites attract... Apparently one glimpse of his pristine new assistant Sophy Braithwaite had Lorenzo itching to undress her - we wonder if she's as prim and proper as she looks!
CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH THE CEO
Heart-throb Alex has recently been spotted prowling the office floor - is brunette bombshell Dani Russo the reason? From this sizzling encounter, we think so!
Now Dani's lost her job, and the office grapevine says our bad-boy boss has moved her into his bachelor pad and found her a job - but is an X-rated action replay on the cards?! Watch this space...
Natalie Anderson is also one of the LoveCats DownUnder and you can catch her here as well.