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Natalie Graham

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Interview with Natalie Graham

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Where did your inspiration come from for writing your own book?

I've always loved writing, but stopped for a long time as life kind of got in the way of that. When I was pregnant with my second child I suffered a lot with anxiety and the only thing that could help me cope was my love for reading. I needed an escape, something else to think of other than the rising panic attack. Eventually reading stopped working for me; I found that I couldn't concentrate so well on reading and began writing again. Something that started out as just an escape for me, became this huge challenge into making it something bigger and better.

What influenced you to write an adult romance?

I'm not going to lie, I love reading adult romance so it felt only natural to write one. Although I do cringe knowing that my friends and family are reading the 'adult scenes' that I wrote.

Where did your ideas for Broken Ever After come from?

I'm not really sure. I used to make up these silly little scenes in my head when I couldn't sleep; they were like an anchor for me, something to focus on when my anxiety was pretty bad. One night when I was lying in bed I decided to grab my phone and started writing. It just grew and grew until I emailed it to myself and realised I had 150 pages of words. I went back and revised it, made changes, revised it, made changes again and again until it became Broken Ever After.

How do you feel about the release of your first novel?

Excited, scared, relieved, shocked… Most of all, tired. I'm not exactly the most confident person that I know, so I never really believed I'd make it this far and take the step to actually publishing a novel. I'm sat here now thinking 'Exactly a week ago, I hit publish. I actually published a book! HOLY S***!' and I'm pinching myself. I hardly slept in the run up to the release because I was so nervous, so I'm still trying to catch up on the sleep I've lost. Which, with an almost 2 year old isn't going very well.

What has been the best experience so far about releasing your first novel?

When people message me while they are reading. I love knowing what people are feeling towards Jamie and Olivia as they read, trying to guess where the book is going. I love when they are wrong then come back to me and say "I didn't see that coming" or similar. It's a really great feeling.

Do you personally believe in a Happily Ever After?

Of course, I'm living my own right now. That sounds cheesy as hell, but it's true. I have my husband and our two children and I wouldn't change that for the world. A 'Happy Ever After' isn't necessarily like Cinderella where they ride off in a horse-drawn carriage, but I like to think that people would strive to be as happy as they could be with what they have and make the most of it.

Which Author is one of your personal favourites?

Wow. Talk about opening a can of worms! Can I have a top 5? Rebecca Donovan, Moira Young, Suzanne Collins, Abbi Glines, Stephenie Meyer (Yes, I'm a Twilight fan.) and Colleen Hoover (She makes me ugly cry). Ok, so I have a top 6 because I'm greedy and they are awesome.

And which adult Romance is your personal favourite?

50 Shades or the Crossfire series. I can't decide between the two.

What has been the best compliment you have received for Broken Ever After?

I have 2. One was someone saying that Broken Ever After was like something they had NEVER read before, that it was something new. I loved that compliment as that was what I aimed for, to break a mould and do something that hadn't really been done before. The other was that someone wouldn't believe I wasn't already a well season published author. That comment literally rendered me speechless.

Is there anything you would like your fans you know about you?

I've never really believed in myself before, so reading all of the compliments that people have given me are making me realise that when you really want something, you can overcome even the strongest fear inducing panic attacks to get there. Chocolate helps too, because well, who doesn't love chocolate?

You can read our review of Natalie Graham's Broken Ever After here:

Francessca's Romance Reviews Review of Broken Ever After

Posted on: 10/19/2013 - Posted by: Francessca Webster

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