Hey friends! The entire month of June, we’ll be featuring LGBTQIAP+ authors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Send them some love, check out their books, and let us know what you think!
Introduce yourself! What’s your name? Genre you write? Fun fact(s) about yourself?
Hi! I’m Natalie Sea. I write science fiction and fantasy for the most part, but I also have a love for realistic fiction and poetry. Outside of writing, some of my favorite things are The Office, the forest, Diet Coke, and my dog, Honey.
How did you start writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a little kid. Before I could hold a pen, I would dictate stories to my parents and force them to write them down for me. I’ve been doing it my whole life!
What is your writing process like?
My ideas start as something I see or experience in the real world. Once I see something inspiring, my brain takes it and runs, and it’s all I can do to take notes and hope I get it all down. After that, I use Dan Harmon’s Story Circle–I’m a HUGE fan–to plot the story, and then I get writing! While I’m writing, I try not to look at what I’ve already written until the book is done, because I have a tendency to edit as I go. And of course, the writing process ends with editing until I feel like the story (or poem) has accomplished what I wanted it to (which is usually conveying a certain message or theme and making my readers feel something).
What inspired you to write bones and other splintered things? What is it about?
bones and other splintered things is so near and dear to my heart. I’ve spent years of my life in therapy learning how to cope with trauma and other mental health struggles, and during those years, I wrote a lot of poetry. One day, I saw an Instagram ad for a poetry contest where the winner got to be published and I thought, “Why don’t I just publish my poetry myself?” So–spoiler alert!–I did.
bones is a collection of the poems I wrote as I healed and grew into the person I am now. It’s a very raw, vulnerable thing, and I hope it can be a comfort to those who are going through, or have gone through, the same things I did.
Do you have any other books published/are you working on anything new?
I don’t have any other books published right now, but I’m working on two novels right now that I hope to release in the upcoming year! One is an intense sci-fi/action/adventure and the other is a twisted dark fantasy novella. Super exciting stuff–definitely keep an eye out for those!
Do any authors influence your writing?
I don’t know that other authors influence my writing, because I really do think writing style changes based on the character and the tone of the story. But I will say that one of my favorite authors ever is Marissa Meyer, and I also really enjoy Kiera Cass. Their books inspire me so much!
What is your favorite piece of writing advice?
My favorite piece of writing advice has to be: “Write what scares you.” I think writing what scares you is an incredibly eye-opening, transformative, and freeing process. You will learn so much about yourself when you write the story you’re terrified to write. Plus, you’ll free yourself from fear, and I’m a huge advocate for that. Don’t let your fear stop you.
Time to promote you! How can people find you? What should they look out for next?
The best way to stay up to date on what I’m doing is to join my email list! You can find it on my website, nataliesea.weebly.com. If you join, you’ll be the first to hear the new, exciting updates! You can also follow me on Instagram @natalieseawriting or subscribe to my channel on YouTube for all kinds of awesome educational content.
Keep an eye out for those two books I mentioned earlier and for new a YouTube video every couple of weeks. I’ll also be offering book coaching services in the very near future!