Life is less scary when you have a friend.
I was beyond humbled when over 65 friends and readers came together to attend my official book launch for The Evolved Ones, Awakening.
To say my heart was beating fast would be an understatement, but Alex helped to keep me focused with quick wit and guidance.
A special thanks to Alex Domone who braved the center stage with me as the Moderator of the day. She kept me focused and calm!
Thanks to all those who attended and for helping to make the day unforgettable.
For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a brief excerpt of the questions and answers.
|Alex||So, the women in the trailer we just watched is your main character, Rox. What’s going on with her? [Watch 30-sec trailer here.]|
|Natasha||Well, Rox is a woman in transition. She wakes up 4 years ago without memory and is on a quest to uncover her true identity. She’s on the run from a man she thought she was in love with. A man she considered family, and now she’s out of options. She feels like she’s at the end of the road, and the book starts off with what she feels like is her last option.|
|Alex||Is she based off of someone you know?|
|Natasha||Well, no. She’s completely made up. But I truly hope that everyone can relate to her because she’s a character in transition, and regardless of where we are at in our lives, I think that’s something we all know about. She’s lacking confidence. She’s feeling like a failure because she’s been on the run for 18 months and still hasn’t gotten any closer to finding out who she truly is. She’s broke. Living off of charity and out of garbage bags, so, while I hope none of us can relate to being homeless per se, I think she represents that part of us when things don’t turn out the way we originally planned them to. And we’re left floundering, you know. We’re left searching for the right path forward again. At her heart, she’s a metaphor for transitioning. And for me at the time, it was motherhood. I was adjusting to being a mother of two and failing at it—or at least feeling like I was failing at it. My child wouldn’t sleep, and I was losing my mind, and so I just wrote what I knew, and what I knew was being lost with nowhere to go but forward.|
|Alex||And she’s a healer? Why a healer?|
|Natasha||Good question. I thought long and hard about her ability. Believe it or not I have other manuscripts with main characters who are prototypes of Rox. Their abilities were fire or something aggressive like that, but the more I wrote those manuscripts, and the more I settled into myself and felt comfortable with the story that I wanted to tell, the more I realized that my character wasn’t going to have physical prowess. Her strength was going to have to come from within. I didn’t want her to be strong in combat, I wanted her to be strong in heart. And to me, that’s what a healer is.|