Jen: Today we welcome Natalie Dae to Romancing the Book. Natalie, will you share a short bio with us?
Natalie: Natalie Dae is a multi-published author in three pen names writing in several genres. Natalie writes mainly BDSM erotica. She loves a Dom/sub relationship and is fascinated by how it all works. The trust issue is the best thing about it for her, so creating characters who have to adopt trust is one of her priorities. “Watching my characters bloom under tuition is such a treat,” she says. “I find it such a privilege to be able to write about something that makes me learn something new with every book.”
She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in England and spends her spare time reading—always reading!—and her phone, complete with Kindle app, is never far away. “I can’t imagine not reading or writing,” she says. “It’s a part of who I am. Without it I’d be more than a bit lost.”
Natalie has many more BDSM tales swimming around in her head, so her workload for the future is very full. “What better way to spend a weekend than writing?” she says. “Saturdays are my main writing days, so I get up, open up a work in progress and rarely leave the desk. Unless I really have to!”
She writes at weekends and is a cover artist/head of art in her day job. In another life she was an editor. Her other pen names are Geraldine O’Hara and Sarah Masters. Natalie also co-authors as Sarah Masters with Jaime Samms, and she co-authors with Lily Harlem under the name Harlem Dae.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Natalie: The idea for Denial came easily. I’d written a short story for the What’s Her Secret? imprint launch called The Submissive’s Secret. This little tale is about Lori and Jaska and gives an insight into who they are and what they want from living the lifestyle. With Denial, I decided to go backwards in time and show where Lori came from before she met Jaska. It was a wonderful journey, a revelation, and I learned from the experience. I think everyone has, at some point in their lives, been in a situation where they want or need something but are afraid to reach out and grab it because of one reason or another. In Lori’s case, she wanted to be involved with BDSM. Guilt, shame, and being thought of as a pervert were her stumbling blocks. I wanted to show her going from anxious to accepting, and see where she ended up. At times I had to dig deep inside myself in order to get the words down. I found it so emotionally draining that there was about an eight-month gap where I couldn’t write this book at all. I had to wait until I was ready to finish it. But once I was, I managed to write The End pretty quickly.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Natalie: As far as I’m aware, I’m the only author in my family.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Natalie: It may seem odd, seeing as I write erotic romance, but I rarely read it. The only erotica author I read on a regular basis is Lily Harlem—and I’m lucky because I get to read most of her work before anyone else. We’re crit partners as well as good friends.
I’m a huge fan of crime thrillers. I love Linda Castillo, Alafair Burke, and the glorious Stephen King.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Natalie: I look at the keyboard, pick a letter, and see what name comes to mind. Whatever it is, I use it.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Natalie: Yes. Lori in Denial.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Natalie: I’m in a situation for the first time where I don’t have a Natalie Dae WIP waiting in a folder. I have no idea whatsoever what is next for her! I shall just have to wait and see if a story plops itself into my head.