Eeeek. Welcome back to Little Novelist, we are in the process of having a revamp and a few changes. But that’s not what we are here for today, no, today I have the lovely Natalie Roberts for an Interview. So, without further ado, here is our interview!
Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi Rhianne. Thanks for having me on your blog.
Writing has been an important part of my life since I was a teenager. I’ve found it to be a great creative outlet for managing my depression. I absolutely love self-help and personal development books and that definitely influences my own writing, and probably why I’ve chosen to write in those genres.
I’m currently in my second year of a mental health degree and I also have four kids, the youngest being two months old. I still make time for writing no matter what, because it’s my passion and the career I want for the rest of my life.
1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My main objective is to help people.
Of course I would love to make lots of money, but giving someone the tools they need to change their life from reading my books is more important to me. Self-help and personal development books have changed my mindset and how I look at life, and I want my books to do that for someone else, even if it’s just one person.
2. Where do your ideas come from?
Usually they come from everyday life. Something I’ve gone through or learned along the way, that I think will benefit others.
3. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I always outline. I need to know what’s going in to each chapter before I start. Outlining is also important for me because it highlights areas I need to research. I love research.
4. How did the idea for your current book come about?
I find writing therapeutic. I wrote in diaries as a teenager as a form of therapy for my depresssion. This evolved into writing useful articles for magazines. That’s where the idea for Write Through Depression came from. If writing can help me I believe it could help others. You don't have to be a writer to read and use my book. It’s not about the art of writing, it’s about how getting emotions down on paper can be healing.
5. What is your writing routine like?
I have four kids. Two of them are under two, so I don’t really have a routine. I work better late evening, so I usually write for an hour once they are all in bed.
6. If you had to pick a real life actor/actress to play your main character who would it be?
My book is non-fiction, so no characters, but if I could choose one person to read my book it would be Rachel Hollis. Rachel is a personal development guru and a motivational speaker. Following her on social media has motivated me so much. She does a daily livestream on Facebook and it always gets me fired up to be a better version of myself.
7. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I outline my books and write any new ideas in a notebook, then I type my manuscript on a computer, using the Scrivener software. I recently got the Scrivener app on my phone, and it’s been really useful when I’m out and about and ideas come to me. It’s easily synced to my iMac, so I don't need to transfer what I’ve written.
8. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer paperbacks. I think ebooks are brilliant and have revolutionised reading. I like that they are usually a lot cheaper than printed books, which makes them accessable to more people. But I do like to hold a physical book in my hands.
9. What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m re-reading Girl Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis and plan to read her new book, Girl Stop Apologising next.
10. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I think they work reallly well if they are done right. I’ve seen some terrible ones and I’ve seen brilliant ones, that have promped me to buy the books. Examples of ones I think are done right are, Mandi Lynn’s for She’s Not Here and Bethany Atazadeh’s for Evalene's Number.
11. Whats the best advice you’ve received that you would give to other writers in your position?
You can’t improve on nothing. If you don’t put your book out for people to read, how can you improve? It is daunting putting something out there that you worked hard on, for someone to hate it or leave a bad review, but the bad reviews only serve to make you a better writer. The more books you write the better you will become at your craft.
Natalie is a social care, self-help and personal development writer.
She is also in her second year studying for a BSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing. She believes writing is a great creative outlet for anyone with mental health issues.
You can read the first chapter of Write Through Depression and find out more about her books at www.natalieroberts.net.
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