Today’s special guest is young adult novelist Natalie Scott. We’re chatting about her newest YA romance Becoming Famous.
Natalie Scott enjoys writing young adult contemporary romance novels. She published her debut novel Rules for Riders in August 2014. Rules for Riders is a fast-paced coming-of-age novel set in the competitive world of equestrian riding. Becoming Famous, the long anticipated sequel to Rules for Riders, was released in July 2015.
Natalie is originally from Australia and has lived in New York and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Welcome, Natalie. Please tell us about your current release.
Becoming Famous is a young adult contemporary romance novel.
Bebe Barkley has never released a sex tape. She’s not America’s Next Top Model. She didn’t get pregnant at 16, and has never auditioned for American Idol. In fact, she’s holed up in a hotel room at the Waldorf in New York City, totally depressed. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s about to become famous. A former equestrian rider, Bebe had a bright future until a tragic accident changed everything. Now she’s unable to return to her old life, yet incapable of moving forward.
Follow her as she ventures from New York to LA, the City of Broken Dreams, where she will find everything she’s ever wanted, only to risk losing the things she truly loves. Join Bebe in her heart-stopping journey in Becoming Famous.
What inspired you to write this book?
It’s a sequel so it’s really a continuation of my heroine, Bebe Barkley’s, adventures. She gets into even more trouble in the sequel, if that’s possible, but always manages to end up on top!
What exciting story are you working on next?
I have a third and final novel that I am working on about Bebe’s adventures, so stay tuned!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been writing short stories since I was a kid. So I think it’s something that’s been ruminating in me for a long time.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m actually a day trader as well as a writer. But either way you dice it, they’re huge gambles. There’s something scary and exciting about putting yourself on the line.
You have to make time for writing. Squeeze it into your schedule. My first two novels were already written. It’s the editing that’s the tough part. If you want to be a writer you have to commit to working on it pretty much every day.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure if it’s a quirk, but once I get my characters down it’s almost like they write me! You create these little monsters and they get totally out of hand. So as a writer, you have to make sure you slap them back into place and show them who’s boss.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m still trying to figure that out. I’ll have to get back to you!
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Whatever your passion is, never give up!