I'd like everyone to welcome my special guest, Natalie Silk. I was able to have her answer some questions for us.
K.A. Meng: Tell us about your self:
Natalie Silk: Natalie had a dream when she was twelve about a girl named Dahliea. Other dreams about the girl followed and she wrote them all down as short stories. The first collection of was for language arts’ writing assignments in junior high and then high school. She had to put aside her writing to pursue a ‘serious’ career path while in college.
She went back to college and wrote yet another version about Dahliea for one of her classes. After receiving her degree, she worked in the manufacturing industry as a quality auditor until her job was outsourced. All the while, she collected rejection letters for her short stories and first manuscripts about Dahliea. She now works in the finance industry by day and blissfully writes by night.
Where the average person would say that she’s insane for pursuing a dream of seeing her second book, Stars’ Fire published; she would say that she is tenacious. Then it happened during DucKon 2011 (a local science fiction convention): Allan Gilbreath of Dark Oak Press and Media, Inc. saw the potential in her work.
Her third book, Snowfall’s Secret and short story, “Synapse” are published by Solstice Publishing. Please follow her on Facebook (Natalie Silk, Author), Twitter (@natalieasilk), her website (www.nataliesilkauthor.com), and Solstice Publishing.
KAM: When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?
NS: I wanted to write since I was ten years old.
KAM: What is a typical day for you like?
NS: I work in the finance industry by day. So I squeeze writing time in the evenings, weekends, and vacations.
KAM: What is your most treasured possession?
NS: I consider my memories my most treasured possession.
KAM: Do you have any favorite authors or books which helped inspire your writing style?
NS: I love Ray Bradbury’s work for his humanistic voice.
KAM: What genres do you write? Would you ever write in other genres?
NS: I write YA SF. I’ve also published adult SF and I’m currently working on a short story for alternative history.
KAM: How did you become an author?
NS: Dark Oak Media and Publishing gave me my first real break.
KAM: What inspired you to write Snowfall’s Secret?
NS: It was from a dream I had when I was twelve years old.
KAM: How long did it take you to write Snowfall’s Secret?
NS: It took me about three years to write it.
Snowfall's Secret Blurb: Mrs. Greenfield Thought to Jamie and the words were clearly in S’Renen. You are being sought after and we can’t let anything happen to you. S’Renen is still occupied and Deg’Arios agents are looking for you. Now speaking in English, “It is very important that you must remain here in hiding. Please understand this.”
KAM: Are you working on anything new? What projects can we look forward to seeing from you this year?
NS: I’m currently writing my fourth novel.
KAM: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
NS: Don’t give up. Ever.
Other works by Natalie include:
Thank you Natalie for joining us.