We have debut author Natalie Charles Under The Spotlight and she's got a Giveaway!
Who is Natalie Charles?
In the romance community, I'm a debut author for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and the winner of Mills & Boon's 2011 New Voices competition. In my regular life, I'm a wife, mother to a toddler and an attorney, and in my free time...no, never mind. I don't really have free time.
What inspired you to be a writer?
Part of it is that I've always had a need to write -- it helps me to bring order to my life. My mom tells me that I started telling her stories at two years old, and that I would come to her with a pen and a piece of paper and say, "Write this down." Of course writing as an adult is much different than writing as a child, because adults have to contend with things like industry standards, story arcs and criticism. I do believe there has to be a little something extra that inspires you to do the hard work required of all adult writers.
So I guess the short answer is that I write because I love books. Some books have changed me and become a part of who I am. What an awesome power, for a writer to put words on paper and change someone's life. I think the inspiration to write stems from a desire to try to give back some of what I've received. The thought of ever constructing a sentence or evoking an image that, in someone's mind, perfectly expresses a thought they'd never put to words inspires me to keep writing.
How did you chose your genre?
It was an easy choice! My first love is mystery/suspense, but I have a soft spot for love stories with happy endings. I naturally gravitated toward romantic suspense.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
Without giving anything away, this book deals with some deeply personal matters. I never write about real people, but I almost always write about experiences that have moved or touched me. In THE SEVEN-DAY TARGET, I set out to write a book about a woman who is struggling with something that many woman have experienced, but that is still a somewhat uncomfortable topic of discussion. I wanted to talk about it.
I also wanted to write a reunion story. There's something about second chance stories that get my heart pounding.
How did you come up with the title?
I was brainstorming with my critique partner and childhood friend, Special Edition author Olivia Miles. She's the queen of clever titles, so I always like to get her input. I don't even remember which one of us came up with the title. I think I liked "target" and she may have liked "seven day"...it was a joint effort!
Thank you so much for having me!
Natalie on the web:
The Seven Day Target
He never meant to speak to her again. Back in Arbor Falls for a funeral, Special Agent Nick Foster has moved on. He has no plans to stay in his tiny hometown-or to reunite with the beautiful Libby Andrews. His onetime fiancée broke his heart, and what's past should stay buried.
Libby doesn't want his help. Her childhood sweetheart can never know the real reason she ended their engagement three years before. But when a serial killer targets her, she must team up with the rugged agent for her own safety. Something in her past has put her in danger, and the passion they've reignited puts their future in deadly jeopardy.