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New Year, New Adult Blog Tour: Natasha Boyd Interview

I am delighted to host Natasha Boyd on the blog today as she answers some of my burning questions about her Eversea series.

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Congratulations for writing such a fantastically touching coming of age, steamy, not to mention addicting duo logy. As soon as I finished Eversea I had to immediately downloaded and started reading Forever,  Jack. What was your initial inspiration for Eversea/Forever, Jack, and did you always plan to write Jack and Keri Ann’s story in two parts?

Hi there! Thanks for having me on your blog. And thank you for your kind words. My initial inspiration for Eversea was to write a Cinderella story where the heroine didn’t really need saving, and the prince wasn’t quite that perfect. The setting was always the Lowcountry and the hero was always going to be famous but out of his element. Parts of his backstory were actually based on my own upbringing in the UK. It was going to be one book, b tot was getting too long and I wasn’t totally convinced it was going to have a happy ending either. You can thank some fairly vocal and demanding readers that Forever, Jack ended the way it did!

After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t help but envision a particular “hollywood” couple as the scandal separated Jack and Audrey. That lasted for all of two minutes in to reading the book, when the characters took on identities and lives of their own. What I would like to know is, if you were casting the Eversea movie who would you choose to fill the roles of Jack, Keri Ann and/or  the prominent secondary characters?

It’s amazing how polarizing that certain Hollywood couple can be! And yes, I did wonder where and how a Hollywood star would hide of they wanted to reassess their life. The idea of the contractual aspects of Jack and Audrey’s relationship came from a Vanity Fair article I read about Tom Cruise. But the reality is, as you say, Jack and Keri Ann are their own people and always were. For that reason it is SO hard to cast them in my head. I’m a Henry Cavill fan, so he’d be nice, and I like Alexis Bledel for Keri Ann – but if it was ever a reality (I’d be in HEAVEN if it was being made into a movie! Can you imagine?…Sigh…), I’d love less well known actors to play their parts.

Congratulations on your recent publishing deal with Headline Eternal. Prior to this exciting development you self published Eversea and Forever, Jack. What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of self publication?

Thank you! The deal with Headline Eternal is a wonderful thing, the best of both worlds actually. It is wonderful to have your words recognized and appreciated by such a well-respected publishing house. They bought the UK and commonwealth rights, so it means I am still self-published in the USA. The most rewarding aspects of self-publishing are the control and the marketing. You can measure your success against your own efforts in an extremely tangible way, and if you are successful, you are paid well. It is extremely wonderful to be rewarded commensurate with your efforts. There is also a wonderful community of support and friendship with bloggers and writers and readers who all appreciate the effort self-publishing takes when done right. The most challenging aspects are the same. It takes an extraordinary amount of financial outlay, effort, marketing and organization and sometimes it is hard to find time to write!

One of my favourite characters was Keri Ann’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Weaton, she appears to have had an absolutely fascinating life. Despite being just a small anecdote to add texture to Keri-Ann’s history, I was also fascinated with her grandparents love story. Do you see yourself ever writing historical fiction? 

I love historical fiction! I’m not sure I would be very good at writing it, I think I would get bored with all the fact-checking! But it would probably be incredibly rewarding. Yes, Mrs. Weaton is one of my favourite characters. I love that she is hovering in the background like Cinderella’s fairy godmother (at least as far as getting her to the ball in the perfect dress!). And yes, she led a fascinating life. One of my biggest regrets was that I didn’t record or write down all the incredible stories my grandmother told me about her life. There always seemed to be time to get around to doing that. There wasn’t. We should all make more of an effort to hear the stories of our elders before they are lost forever.

I understand that Warriors Of Erath, the book series Keri-Ann is obsessed with, and the movie adaptation which launches Jack’s career, is based on a short story you wrote years ago. Do you have any plans to explore making it in to a full length novel, or releasing the short story for your Eversea fans?

Yikes.

Great question. I would LOVE to. Do you think people would read it?? I might be too nervous to try it! If I did, I would re-write and expand it. My writing has grown since then. I’d never inflict it on anyone in its current form!

Over the course of the Eversea duo logy, Kerri-Ann develops confidence in her artistic abilities. Do you have any hidden talents you would like to share with us?

In a way, Keri Ann discovering her confidence in her artistry is partly about the confidence I developed in writing. If I tell you that writing Eversea, and then publishing it for public consumption was the most terrifying thing I have ever done, it would be a gross understatement. It’s still a terrifying rollercoaster of emotion to this day! The feelings you get from people’s reactions to something you’ve written is for me akin to having bipolar disorder. I can be flying high with confidence one minute to hitting the ground so hard the next, I feel I won’t ever get out of bed or type another thing. Maybe that part will get easier! I hope so!!

What are you able to tell us about the project you are  currently working on? * crosses fingers and whispers “please be Jazz and Joey’s story, please be Jazz and Joey’s story …” *

HAHAHA! Actually, I have been working on Jazz and Joey, but it looks like the UK publisher wants a whole new series. So either way, I can confirm you WILL be getting Jazz and Joey, but I’m not sure how soon. Definitely this year!
  
Like the BBLB team, and many of our readers, you are a busy mother . How on earth do you manage to fit your writing in around a busy home life? Do you treat it like any other job, 9-5 with set childcare, or is it a case of catching time whenever you can? How do you maintain your work-life-balance?

Wow, it’s hard, right?! I am always in awe of those I meet who seem to be managing it so smoothly. Maybe they think the same of me? It’s hard, and you don’t always get it right. I hope that even if I mess up and my kids feel a bit neglected sometimes, they’ll still remember that their parent, their mother, worked really hard to accomplish her dream, and that anything is possible if they set their minds to it. I write mostly when the kids are in school, so…not many words appear on a page between June and August.

One of the reasons we created Big Book Little Book was to share our passion for reading, not only the books we enjoyed,  but also those we love to share with our own children. Which books have you particularly enjoyed sharing with your own children?

When I was young I read the Willard Price Adventure series for boys which was at my grandmothers house (her youngest son’s (my uncle’s) old books). I was hooked and never looked back. I couldn’t wait for my oldest to start those! I found the whole series one by one on ebay, and he’s read them all and is now a voracious reader. He’s 9 and reads more and faster than I do. Thank goodness for libraries! I keep telling him not to give me the ending to Allegiant, but he threatens me with it daily! LOL!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog.

I hope you all see your dreams materialize in 2014!

natasha boysNatasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds. She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna. Eversea is her first full-length novel. To learn more about Natasha and her work visit her website (here) or Goodreads author page (here)

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New Year, New Adult Blog Tour: Eversea

Natasha Boyd
EVERSEA_4An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

When I agreed to read Eversea in preparation for my interview with Natasha Boyd. I was expecting a light and fluffy retelling of the cinderella story. What I discovered was a heart tugging, hot flush provoking, coming of age story

Although Jack is an adult who has been living in the real world( as real as Hollywood will allow), crafting a successful movie career, he has always been led and guided, cajoled and contracted in to increasing claustraphobic situations. He craves something more; independence to be himself, to lead his own life and make his own decisions.

While Jacks life has be controlled and contained by contractual obligations , Keri Ann has had to contend with her own agreement-although an informal one with her older sibling. While both have begun to recognised and become frustrated by their limitations, it is their meeting that is catalyst for change in both of their lives.

When I read the synopsis, I couldn’t help imaginging a particular Hollywood couple in the roles of Jack and Audrey. That all changed the moment I got to know Jack. OMG! Over the span of two incredible books Jack Eversea, has not only made it on to my list of book crushes, he has stormed up to the top of the pile.

You can read more about my favourite NA crushes over at Lola’s Book Reviews (here)

Holly swoon fest! When I read Eversea I decide that I had never read such a lip blighting, breath accelerating, hot non-kissing kissing scene- That is until Natasha and Jack pulled it out of the bag with Forever Jack! give us even more non- lip smacking swoons. What that boy can do with his hands! *fans self*

What I loved the most about Keri Ann was her determination to be her own woman. Despite at times being overwhelmed by Jack the celebrity (her reactions when ever she “realised” who she was with felt so normal)she never allows herself to be swayed by Jack’s status, she doesn’t take any crap, calls him out on his arrogance (sorry, confidence), she doesn’t want to be caught up with the Hollywood scene or have her fifteen minutes of fame. Once she finds the courage to step out of her comfort zone and really begin her life, she is determined to hold on to her own dreams and identity.

Eversea finishes on what I consider to be one hell of a clift hanger. This was definitely one of those time where I am glad to come late to the party. Rather than have to wait for publication,or even approval from netgalley, I was able to Immediately download ( I love ebooks) and start reading the sequel Forever Jack.

Verdict: I am a fully paid up member of the Jack Eversea fan club

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: December 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 359
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: New Adult
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: British book
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