Paranormal Author Natalie-Nicole Bates – Book Elves Event Interview

Here is the interview that I did with Natalie-Nicole Bates for the Book Elves on the Shelves Event! She will be doing her takeover on Dec. 10th 4-6pm CENTRAL so stop by and enjoy all the fun and games she has planned for you.

Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
Both. The majority of my books are through publishers. Sara-Kate’s Spirit and The Heart of the Hunter are indie. With indie, you’re in total control of your work. You choose the editing, the cover art, the release date. With a publisher, that is all taken out of your hands, but that can also be a bonus as well. I’m not proficient in making cover art or manuscript formatting, so I have to pay for that. With a publisher, I don’t have to worry about it, but I have no control over a release date, which can be tricky when trying to line up promotion. I’ve been lucky that my publishers have allowed me a great degree of input for my covers. After all, no one knows my stories like me.

What is your current “work in progress”?
I’m currently working on a New Adult Valentine’s Day story.

How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
Antique Charming (short story)
Change of Address (contemporary)
Back To You (contemporary)
See Me – RISE Book 1 (Paranormal)
Remember the Stars (Paranormal)
Come Full Circle (Contemporary)
The Heart of the Hunter (Romantic Suspense)
Sara-Kate’s Spirit (paranormal)
Forget Me Not Christmas (New Adult)
Christmas with the Black Sheep (Contemporary)
Save Me (Believe Again) RISE Book 2 (paranormal) UPCOMING Dec 2014
Forever Red Christmas (paranormal) UPCOMING Dec 2014
Amii’s Angel (contemporary) UPCOMING 2015
One Winter (Contemporary) UPCOMING 2015

What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
Daniel Tremont from SEE ME and SAVE ME. I just love the character so much he actually appears twice. First in SEE ME, and then an alternate telling of his story in SAVE ME.

Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
I can’t say I have definite traditions. I’m Russian by birth, so I make a lot of Russian dishes and desserts for the holidays. Otherwise, it’s pretty traditional—tree, gifts

What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
I do a crustless cranberry pie that I love

What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
I honestly can’t think of one. I know I’ve got some cheap, thoughtless gifts over the years, but I’ve pretty much forgotten what they were.

Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. A few years ago, someone gave me the book as a gift. I was completely blown away by it. Although it was written in the 1960’s, and covers from the end of the second world war until mid 1960’s, it’s still relatable today.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Smart – Candid – Grounded

What are your thoughts on being apart of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
I’m thrilled to be a part of this event with so many other wonderful, diverse authors. I love being able to connect with the readers, and feel privileged to share my books with them.

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