Welcome to another week, another Wednesday and another chance to meet a wonderful author. Today on What to Read Wednesday we have a special guest. Please welcome Harlequin author Natalie Anderson to the hot seat! She’s here to share a little bit about herself and her latest release from Harlequin Presents WAKING UP IN THE WRONG BED. The title alone has my curiosity. 🙂 and I love reading the Presents selections, they are definitely one of my favorites.
Hi Natalie. I’m so glad to have you here. Tell us 5 things about you the person and not the author. 🙂
- I’m terrified of heights but I LOVE the Giant Drop ride at Dreamworld in Australia – being vertically dropped 115 metres at a speed of 135km somehow really does it for me!
- I’m vegan and haven’t eaten meat for over 20 years. That said, I really don’t like parsnip.
- I love scootering to school with my kids. I’m the biggest kid on a scooter in the neighbourhood.
- I’ve brainwashed my kids into referring to me as SuperMummy.
- My favourite form of exercise is swimming but I don’t get to do it anywhere enough. When I win the lottery I’m putting in my own lap pool.
I love that your kids call you SuperMommy…nice job on your part. What’s your favorite word?
Oh there are too many wonderful words… but right now? Tantalise.
Good word. If we could see your book shelves or your tbr pile, what would it tell us about you?
That I have obsessions – if I’m thinking about something I’ll get every book I can out on the subject. There’s no half measures, if I’m into it, I’m into it all the way!
What genre (s) do you write?
Contemporary romance – I love to write sexy, fun stories about gorgeous (possibly slightly screwed up) peeps! But that’s not to say I wouldn’t write something completely different one day – I’ve promised the kids that I’ll write a story for them sometime and they’re insisting on monsters and toilet humour.
LOL…that’ll be quite a switch for you. Your kids sound fun. Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon or night?
Ideally in the morning—not super early, but once the family have left the house. But all too often I’m there in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep and I’m wired on salt, sugar and caffeine, careering towards my deadline.
When film location scout Ellie Summers sneaks into a colleague’s hotel room with seduction in mind, she’s thrilled by her own daring!
But the smug morning-after glow morphs into red-faced mortification when she wakes in the arms of a total stranger! Ruben Theroux might be fine with the situation, but a flustered Ellie most definitely is not.
Ellie’s only defence against this very attractive guy is to insist they’re friends only–strictly no benefits! But Ruben isn’t a successful businessman for nothing–they’ll be good together, and he’s happy to play dirty to get what he wants….
Oooh, I think I like Ruben already! Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.
Contemporary, sexy, sweet, funny, flirty, visual, fun!
I certainly get all of those words just from reading your blurb 🙂 Tell us 2 things you love about your heroine.
I love Ellie’s resilience, and her genuine nature. She was truly, truly mortified… but she tried to do the right thing after!
I love Ruben’s wicked streak—I love that he’s playful and confident. And that he goes for what he wants!
What’s the best part of the writing process for you?
I fall in love with each stage once I get to it and then after a while I fall out of love with it! Like, I love the fast draft…then I hate it. I love getting into revisions… then I hate it… I love doing line-edits…. Then I hate them. Fortunately, the wheel keeps turning and I get to another good bit soon enough!
I think brainstorming is the most fun of all because that’s pure play—the hard graft comes later. And of course the absolute best is having your editor say it’s fab and then getting great feedback from a reader!
Please share an excerpt from WAKING UP IN THE WRONG BED.
“Pay very close attention,” he drawled. “My bedroom is a mere three doors along. Same floor and everything. You can’t miss it. Even if there’s a power cut and it’s pitch black. Worst case just try them all, there’s no one else staying here, only me to be found.”
“Oh I do. Every night,” he shrugged, utterly unashamed. “Just as you do.”
“There’s a lock on this door, isn’t there?” she looked down at it as if to ensure it.
“There’s no full moon tonight,” he continued, ignoring her interruption. “Just as there wasn’t then. You don’t need to pretend you’re a horny were-woman, just do what you want to do.”
“You’re not what I want to do,” she muttered, determined to believe it.
“I think I prefer it when you’re agitated and honest rather than trying to be cool and lie.”
She choked – torn between laughter and outrage. “You’re so up yourself.”
“No, I’m just not so uptight I can’t admit to something that feels good.”
She twitched. “Look, what happened was a mistake. I’m all for learning from my mistakes.”
“Well frankly I’m glad you made the wrong room mistake and saved yourself from a mess-up with that other guy.”
“What happened with you was a mistake too.”
“How can you say that?” His voice dropped lower still. A whisper that slid over her like the faintest, warmest of breezes. “You’re as in thrall as I am.”
She had to end this somehow, before she went up in a puff of smoke. “This is really flattering and all,” she sucked up some cool. “But I’m not available for anyone, or any kind of thing, right now. That night just showed what an idiot I was.”
“You weren’t an idiot.” He looked concerned. “That wasn’t the act of a desperate woman.”
“Wasn’t it?” Wasn’t it exactly that?
It was one of the few moments in the evening where his expression was serious. “There’s nothing wrong with having needs and giving them free expression. You know what I think of you?” he asked.
She really didn’t want to know.
“That you’re a spontaneous, fiery, passionate woman who’s as human as I am. Who makes mistakes, who has wants. It was refreshing. You were in total charge. You blew my –”
“Look, don’t try to make out like I’m some kind of sex goddess just because you want back in my pants.” Ellie breathed in desperately. “Truth is I don’t want any kind of a relationship right now. I’ve gotten a new job that I really don’t want to lose because I actually love it. I want to be in charge of both my career and my social life.”
“I don’t want a relationship either,” his shoulders lifted. “It’s impossible for me. I’m in the middle of a new deal, I’m away every week to another hotel,” he half-laughed. “And that’s not going to change anytime soon. And not for any one.”
“So there’s really nothing to talk about, right?”
“There is just this one small thing.” He leaned closer.
“You said you wouldn’t make a move.”
“You know you are,” she shook her head. “Why don’t you drive to the nearest bar or something. You could get sex anytime you want it.”
“You’re proving that statement wrong right this second.”
“I have some fun when it feels right, but my field’s been empty a while.” He maintained his intent, fiery gaze on her. “I can admit to my needs, maybe you can’t. But your actions that night showed you have them.”
“It can’t happen.”
“Yes it can. Just once more can absolutely happen.”
Just once more. Oh so, so tempting.
“You promised you wouldn’t touch me unless I invited it.” Her whisper was invitation enough and they both knew it.
She looked down to stop the mesmerising effect of his easy smile and dangerous eyes. But it merely made it worse because now she could hear the molten chocolate quality in his words. She could feel his heat, her own instinct to draw nearer pulled.
“Look at me.”
Yowza, now that’s some great chemistry! Nice excerpt 🙂 What’s your favorite part of the book to write…dialogue or description or something else (sex scenes, fight scenes etc)?
I do really love writing dialogue. That often comes first—I just love it when my characters talk over/at/to me! And yeah, I do like writing sex scenes, they can be a lot of fun! And also a great challenge to keep fresh and to really ensure you’re showing the progression of the relationship.
I love choosing names for my main characters, how did you come about choosing yours?
I keep a list of possible hero names. I can come up with heroine names so easily, I can just flip through a naming book and find a dozen I love. But heroes are so much harder!!!! I really like my guys to have a ‘manly’ name. Plus it helps if it’s short so the heroine can scream it easy 😉
I have hero and heroine name lists too…and you are so right, heroine names are so easy but finding the perfect hero names can be a bit for challenging. What surprised you the most about becoming a published author?
That’s it’s true that is gets harder not easier—in a very different way. I feel so lucky to have had the path I’ve had and I’ve spent many years working very hard—but it definitely doesn’t get easier.
Natalie, would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂
I’ve been working on some novellas recently. A couple for Harlequin which I can’t say anything about yet (sorry!) and a novella trilogy which was a lot of fun to write—there’s a fake fiancée, a mistaken identity a highschool crush… and a dog named Mango.
I’m intrigued and want to know more about Mango! lol And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Waking Up In The Wrong Bed is available from
And will be on the shelves in bookstore from Mid-August.
You can find out more about my other releases on my website http://www.natalie-anderson.com and be sure to sign up for my newsletter as I often have subscriber only eTreats. I’m also on Twitter @authornataliea and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authornataliea
Thank you so much for visiting today, Natalie! I hope you had as good a time as we did 🙂
Thank you so much for having me, Christine!!!!