Happy Friday, Blogosprites! Hope you've all survived the week. What do you say we meet another fabulous author? Is that a yes? Okay, then say hello to Natasha Salnikova.
Hello, Natasha! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Cool, what an amazing life! How long have you been writing?
I'd say for about 20 years now. Wow, that's a lot. Professionally for about 15. But that would include TV scripts and articles for a local newspaper. I started with scripts for prime-time TV series and grew into novels. Fiction gives so much more freedom for creativity, unlike scripts.
Tell us about your books. What are they about?
How did the story ideas come to you?
So true! Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I have a group of Russian beta readers but not of English speakers yet. I do not self edit. English is my second language and my grammar is terrible. Nanci Nelson Rogers, a wonderful editor, helped with my second novel and she reedited the first.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Legal parts. I try to avoid involving police but sometimes it's not possible. Also the end of the story. No one wants to disappoint readers at the end. Nothing else is hard, really.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A cup of black tea and chocolate. That's it. I'm simple. I need my caffeine and sugar.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Healing, absolutely. There are days when I think about it. I hate when somebody close to me is sick and I can't do anything to help. Being invisible would be fun!
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: paper cup, parrot, and opera house.
The opera house was dark, so no one saw a dead parrot by an empty paper cup.
LOL, interesting. Okay, here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
There too many so I just mention the closest. My mom, of course. She's my first reader and my best friend. My husband. I came here ten years ago because of him. My kids. They are the best. My friends for believing in me. Especially Katia and Ulia. And Nanci, my editor, for doing a tremendous job with my novels.
And finally, where can people find you and your books online?
I have two books for sale now.
Quiet River (psychological thriller)
At Barns and Noble
The Voice of Waterfalls (supernatural thriller)
At Barns and Noble
They also can visit my Facebook page for latest news.
Natasha, thank you so much for chatting with us. I wish you lots of success with your books! Do svidaniya!