Are you a fan of action packed military suspense? Check out this interview with Natasza Water, author of the CODE NAME series which offers a thrill ride that will leave you breathless!
Natasza: Hello Amy! Yes, ma’am, CNL (we use a lot of acronyms in the services) is the fourth book in “A Warrior’s Challenge” series. It’s considered military suspense, but I tell people not to run screaming in the other direction. Every story is locked and loaded with the most realistic, sexy warriors any woman would want to meet. As a whole, the series is dedicated to all the men who serve their country and the women strong enough to stand beside them. Code Name: Luminous is action and suspense from end to end.
Code Name: Luminous: Tony Bale must stop a deadly virus before it’s launched on the United States, and resist an undefeatable desire to take Lumin’s innocence. Mission success probability: slim.
Since their brief meeting, Lumin Edenridge can’t squelch her dreams of the handsome Navy SEAL who moved through her life like a shadow. By daylight he was gone, but the craving in his gaze left a mark. When she wakes up next to a dead scientist involving her in a terrorist plot, street smarts won’t help her survive. She needs Tony.
The stunning aerialist Tony left in Las Vegas lingers in his memory. A seven month deployment looms when he answers Lumin’s distress call. Defending her is his first priority. When terrorists turn her into a weapon, Lumin hides to protect him. His team name is Tinman, and he has twelve hours to rescue the woman who possesses his heart in “Code Name: Luminous”.
RCPR: Wow. Writing Military suspense must take a lot of knowledge into this life. Were you previous military yourself or do you have other contacts that you get your facts through?
Natasza: I can’t say previous yet since I’m still serving. Thirty-one years and counting. I would say a great portion of the story lines comes from real life. Either an incident I’ve worked or others officers I’ve worked with. Many of the characters are based on men or women I know. A little tweak here and there, and you’ve got intense, complex, and gritty heroes and heroines.
RCPR: Code Name: Luminous is book four in your series, correct? How many more do you have planned?
Natasza: I have one more book in my contract with Secret Cravings Publishing. I hope to do three more books. I never imagined readers falling in love with the warriors of Alpha Squad like they did. They all need a story.
RCPR: Have you ever considered branching out into a new genre? If so, what would that be and why?
Natasza:Interesting that you mention that, then again, doesn’t every author look over the fence from time to time. LOL. I’m going to release my first self-published novel by the end of this year. It’s a contemporary love story, but I won’t be drifting far from the water. It will be located in Florida with ex-Marines as the heroes. I do have one series sitting on the back burner waiting for the right time to release. It’s an epic tale which would be lumped into the paranormal genre. There are six books in total and it’s an apocalyptic tale weaving the bible, the five elements of our world: earth, wind, fire, water and mankind’s link to heaven into a romantic thriller.
RCPR: If you could go on one of the special ops in one of your books, which would it be and why?
Natasza: Been there, done that, got the pay check to prove it. 🙂 The only thing I haven’t done is jump out of a plane. I’m sure it’ll happen when it’s meant to. I’m just praying it’s a planned event vs a necessity.
RCPR: Are you a dare devil at heart or do you let your characters take all of the risks?
Natasza: I suppose I was more dare and devil when I was thirty years younger. Now, I like my creature comforts, but don’t drive in the fast lane at 40 clicks, if I’m behind ya!
RCPR: I see that you have book trailers for your Code Name series. Where is the best place to find those?
Natasza: I have the trailers for all my books posted on my site http://nataszawaters.com/446-2
and on You Tube. Code Name: Luminous can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOHkkKXLjEE
RCPR: What events will you be attending in 2015?
Natasza: I’m looking forward to a couple of events in particular. I’m joining several authors in July for the “Magnolias and Mausoleums” in New Orleans.
I’m also a professional reviewer with InD’Tale magazine which many people know is dedicated to indie and self-published writers. We give honest, supportive feedback to authors and their hard work. Everyone is reviewed with the same balanced criteria. We accept all sub-genres (except erotica) as long as it has a thread of romance. InD’tale is also the home of the “Oscar for Indies” known as the Romance of Novel Excellence or R.O.N.E award.
Next September InD’tale and RedCoat PR will be bringing a special convention for readers and authors to Palm Springs called the InD’Scribe Author and Reader Con.
If you’re an author or a reader this will be an epic event.
RCPR: If there was one thing you could say to your younger self, what would it be?
Natasza: Buy that darn real estate ya big dummy! LOL. Folks who think about penning their first tale often ask how do you do it? I tell them, “When creativity crosses paths with determination a book will be born.” I think I knew that thirty years ago, but I didn’t listen and went on my merry way giving the Coast Guard and family my attention. But, it’s never too late to create.”
RCPR: Who has been your biggest supporter along the way?
Natasza: Name one? Don’t think I can. No book comes to publication without many moving parts. From family, to friends, to editors like TJ Mackay of InD’Tale magazine, to other authors who crit your lousy first draft, to good luck and hard work, it’s all part of the wheel that keeps turning and motivating an author to tell their tale.
Natasza Waters spends her time creating stories with a twist of steam, plenty of action, and characters to dream about. “Too Grand For Words” was released in October of 2011. A Warrior’s Challenge series beginning with “Code Name: Ghost” is a high octane U.S. Navy SEAL series with men of honor, resilient women and a storyline hard to forget.