Author Interview with Natalie Whipple

We welcome Natalie Whipple to the blog today. Her artistic approach to writing a novel sounds like it’s going to make an incredible workshop. Take a look at her class description then her awesome interview:

Great fiction is all about the lens you bring to a story and how you choose to crop and manipulate what’s on the page. Utilizing my art background, I will teach my students how to compose a novel on every level, from creating a solid world to painting vivid characters to choosing the details that will give your story nuance and flair. Each student will submit 20 pages of their finished novel for critique by the class, and through detailed critique of your work I plan to give you every tool you need to make your novel a masterpiece.

And after I’ve taught about crafting your book, I will give you all the knowledge I have about how to sell your art. It’s a difficult business, both emotionally and financially, and as a hybrid author I can give you an honest look at the many paths now in publishing. Never have artists had so many choices, and I’d love to help you decide what direction is right for you.

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How did you begin writing?

I was that kid who was writing at a very young age. In fact, I always preferred writing over reading. In Kindergarten, I won I young author’s award at the county level. I caught the bug early and dreamed of being a professional writer ever since then.


The Earth’s under attack, you go to the bookstore for one book to take with you during escape. Go!

That’s a horrible choice! I’m gonna cheat a little and say an omnibus of The Chronicles Of Narnia.


When you’re not laboring over the keyboard, what would we find you doing?

There’s a high chance you’d find me playing video games or watching pro gamers play (Mostly follow the League Of Legends Championship Series). Big love of video games here. I’m currently a bit obsessed with Guild Wars 2, but have played all sorts of games since I was a kid.

If not games, I’m likely watching Kdrama, anime, or a cooking show while pedaling away on my FitDesk.


What’s the last book that made you do a spit take? Or at least laugh out loud?

Anything by Julie Halpern usually gets me laughing pretty good.


Can you give us a typical day in the life of?

My life is pretty boring, but I like it—getting kids off to school, caring for toddler, squeezing in writing time, picking up kids, cooking something no one will eat for dinner, playing video games in the evening with my husband, sleep. Rinse and repeat.


You’re at Carol’s dance party. Are you dancing in the middle? Head bobbing? Fly on the wall? Or do you apologize later because you got a sudden case of food poisoning?

I have an extreme fear of dancing in public. I have social anxiety, and a dance party pretty much contains all my triggers in one—touching other people, being in crowded places, looking foolish in public, meeting new people, small talk…yeah I’m getting worked up just thinking about it. I would be the one having a panic attack in the corner if I was there at all.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given concerning writing?

Keep your eyes on your own paper. Do you, basically. It’s so easy to compare or want someone else’s career, but the only career your can have is yours. The only books you can write are yours. And that’s how it should be. I’m happiest when I’m focusing on my own work and not concerning myself too much with where other people are at.


What’s the number one writing tip you can give aspiring authors?

Never stop learning.


And last but not least: you’re a teenager again, what song is playing in the background, or in your head, during your first kiss?

Eye, Nose, Lips by Taeyang (Kpop, baby. How I wish I knew about Kpop as a teen.)