Q: When did you first begin writing stories?
I began writing short stories in my senior English class, but it was until 2010 that I started writing with hopes of publication.
Q: What was the name of your first book?
Living Lies, the first in my Harbored Secret series.
Q: How did you get into the romantic suspense genre?
I really enjoy thriller, high-stakes, suspense and wanted to write those kinds of stories but it became clear that romance is key component in readers who want that character development.
I honestly didn’t know how to write the romance parts, but it has quickly become one of my favorite aspects in creating a story and developing the characters.
Q: Who was your favorite author when you were younger?
Beverly Cleary and Ann M. Martin
Q: How would you describe your writing style in three words?
Thoughtful, fun, genuine.
Q: How many books have you published so far?
Fatal Code is my fifth novel.
Q: What inspired you to write your latest release, Fatal Code?
A family member lived in Los Alamos, and I got to visit the museum there and learn a lot about the history of the laboratories as well as how incredibly top-secret the facility and research that takes place inside. I thought, what if a secret got out? Or half a secret? What would our country do to protect it and what would our country’s enemies do to get it?
Q: What future projects are you currently working on that you can share with us, readers?
I just finished the edits for a novella collection with the amazing Lynette Eason and Lynn Blackburn called Targeted, which releases in October 2022. I’m excited because this gives Claudia Gallegos (from my Harbored Secrets series) her own story and puts her up against a formidable and very handsome opponent, Ari Blackman, who has the skills to get into her head…and her heart.
Q: Do you outline your stories, or do you just dive into writing them?
I need to outline. I have to have a roadmap to at least giving me the general direction my story is headed but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stops along the way as my characters begin to reveal themselves and the plot takes a detour leading me into unchartered areas. I find that I don’t tend to get lost if I know where I need to get to.
Q: What is your go to beverage when working on a new book?
Hot tea in the mornings. Iced tea in the afternoons. Coke Zero on deadlines—or under pressure.
Q: What is the writing and publishing process like for you?
It’s learning process with every book. I wrongly assumed that once you’ve written a book, you know how to do it again but then I open up my computer to begin and usually just stare at it while all of the self-doubts circle my brain and I’m left thinking, “How do I do this again?” And from what I’ve been told from well-seasoned authors with many more books than me, that never goes away fully. Encouraging, right? However, I think that if the process of writing ever became procedural it would rob the story of creativity so a teeny-tiny-crazy part of me is grateful I have to really think through the plot, characters, and theme before I start a new project.
Q: For aspiring writers in your genre, what advice would you give to them?
Read as much as you can in your genre and find your niche, what sets you apart from the rest, and write!
Q: Tell us about your main characters in the Fatal Code.
My hero is a fun-loving, hip-shaking, Hawaiian, and former Navy Cryptologist. He is now the cyber-genius for the SNAP Agency. He also loves to dance, eat, and is basically a huge (literally) teddy bear. Elinor Mitchell is an aerospace engineer working in D.C. for a defense company. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd and her love of science can be attributed to her grandfather’s influence when he raised her. She’s smart, a workaholic, and is always ready with a science joke or pun to break the ice.
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?
Readers can find me on Instagram and Facebook, or by visiting my website at www.nataliewalterswriter.com and all of my books are available for purchase at retail sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Baker Book House, Target, or wherever books are sold.