Monday, November 12, 2012

Natasha Larry, Darwin's Children and Unnatural Law, Plus #giveaway

AUTHOR:  Natasha Larry
BOOK TITLE: Darwin’s Children and Unnatural Law
PUBLISHER: Penumbra Publishing
BUY LINK:  Visit or for buying information.
GIVEAWAY?  Sure, I will give away four ebook copies to your followers. Darwin’s Children (2) and Unnatural Law (2)


Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why? I write paranormal/fantasy for young adults. I write in this genre because fantasy is often better than reality, and I thought it would be cool to take part in creating some of that fantasy. I love superpowers and that’s what my fiction centers around.

Tell me about your current book which you are promoting. I’m here promoting Darwin’s Children and Unnatural Law. They are the first two books in what I plan on being a fairly long series. It is about a family of superheroes that can do extraordinary things because they have evolved. In the world I created, superhuman ability, such as telepathy, originates in the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for awakening other parts of the brain. When these new parts awaken, people find themselves able to do pretty cool things. There are also psychic vampires and fairies unlike any you’ve ever read.
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I started by adapting my favorite young adult novels into stage plays. My teacher let my class act out a few of them on stage, so that was pretty cool.
What got you interested in writing, and what inspired you to write your first book? Comic books. I love all things superhero, and it was actually the X-Men series that got me interested in writing a series of the same nature. I decided if I could make it original enough to stand on its own, I would try to get it published.
Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process? At first, I never used an outline.  For the most part, I sit down and start writing. Recently, I’ve started using outlines, and I find it makes my writing stronger. So now, I do a little bit of both. The only writing rule I have that I never break is to always carry a notebook and pen with me. You never know when a great idea is going to come to you. Always be ready to jot something down.

What comes first: the plot or the characters? The characters. I love character driven stories, and I feel that if a great story has mediocre characters, there isn’t much of a point.
Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why? The character I love is Matt Carter because he manages to be perfect in a way that isn’t annoying, which was hard to do. The character I hate is Haylee’s dad in the first book, which is why I didn’t bother to give him a name. The character I fear is probably Lucy, Jaycie Lerner’s Guardian, because she’s a bit of a nut case J The character I pity is Michael Carter, Matt’s father because he doesn’t have anything of value in his life. Good question!
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part for me is that I have a lot of characters. It takes a lot of effort to make sure each character remains strong and distinct as to not confuse my readers.
Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you? I didn’t do much research at all. My first novel took me about a month to write. When I say a month, keep in mind I mean to get a rough draft. The second novel took about two and a half if I recall correctly.
What are some of the challenges in your writing process? The challenges in my writing process is taking a story that is ultimately very complicated and making it as easy to read and follow as possible. It requires a lot of re-writing, which I think is the most important part in anyone’s writing process.

Describe your writing space. I don’t have a designated writing space per say. All I need is a flat surface, my computer, some tunes going, my trusty thesaurus, a few sharpie markers, a notepad and a few pens. Quiet is also good. J
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Spending time with my family. Living it up with my daughter. I love to frequent the local comic book shop, go to my health club and anything else cool J I enjoy lakes.
What books or authors have influenced your writing? I love all things Frank Miller. Judy Blume. My favorite young adult series to this day is Harry Potter, and it probably always will be.

What do you see for the future of publishing and e-books? I appreciate the success of the ebook revolution, but I don’t see ebooks ever really replacing bound books. I know I still love the feel of a good book in my hands despite the love affair I have with my kindle. I don’t think ebooks will ever go out of style, but print is still where it’s at for me.
What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for
release?  Darwin’s Children (Book 1) Unnatural Law (Book 2) and Common Descent (not yet published.
What is your marketing plan? I love the power of a good blog tour. I’ve done two in the past and they were both very successful. Now, I’m a tour organizer with Book & Blog services, which I will use to market the rest of my titles. You can visit our site here: Outside of that, I’m working on putting together a street team to help promote the series. 

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? Don’t compare yourself to other writers, you are not them. Learn to appreciate an honest and constructive critique of your work because you will not spot everything. Never forget to have fun. If you don’t love what you are doing, there really is no point.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? Author Blog:
Twitter: @natashalarry

Darwin’s Children Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner's life is complicated enough being a black girl in a prestigious small-town Tennessee private school. But trying to act normal and fit in really gets difficult when her telekinesis and telepathy kick in. Jaycie's not just special, she's super-special. And with her great power comes great responsibility ... sometimes more than she can handle. But she's got her oddball family to help her - a super-strong and fast surrogate mom, a telepathic dad, a very persuasive godfather, and a new friend who's really hot - literally! Jaycie's just trying to get through every day and learn how to maintain control over her powers. But when trouble strikes, things really heat up fast, and literally get explosive. The good news is, she's got someone special looking out for her - at least she thinks it's good news...

Unnatural Law Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner's psychokinetic power surge is over, but her problems are just beginning. With this much power unleashed, she's a danger to herself and others - especially her best friend and would-be boyfriend Matt Carter. But Matt's not willing to give up on her. Meanwhile, Allison Young, Jaycie's live-in trainer and surrogate mom, has problems of her own. She's lonely and having strange dreams, but all she can remember is a rose as her life and everything else descends into chaos.


  1. You're right. All new writers must learn to value honest critiques of their work, even when it hurts. If you can't develop a thick skin, don't try writing!

    1. :) I agree Cheryl. Thank you for your comment!

  2. I am sending the giveaway prizes. Thanks again!