As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling erotic romance author Natasha Walker.
1. Describe the perfect date.
Natasha: The date that isn’t a date. The date which begins with an accidental meeting – at a coffee shop, in a bookshop, on a train platform – a casual chat, an awareness of each other, an awareness of that awareness and then the parting. A parting which is interrupted by a return, and an exchange of numbers, a daring comment, a touch, a suggestion, an arrangement to meet later which is brought forward to now. The corner of a bar. A drink. Two. For courage. Hands shaking. Staring silences. Urgent need to leave the bar. On the street. Wandering. Talking. Bumping, touching. A kiss.
John: What she said.
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
The Secret Lives of Emma: Unmasked, it is the third and final book in the trilogy and the one where I was finally able to let Emma run wild and free. And it is a beautiful thing to see! If you haven’t read Unmasked yet let me tell you some of what you’re missing out on – in no particular order, a gorgeous Italian artist called Marco, Otranto, Italy in the summer, a super-hot MMF threesome and, if my memory serves me well – a happy ending, or six.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
Being told you’re not by those who think only conventional relationships are romantic.
4. What is the best thing about being a romance author?
Getting to hang out with the ladies at the next Australian Romance Readers Convention!
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
Natasha: Mr George Clooney. John: Mr George Clooney
7. Describe your writing style in three words.
To the point.
8. What is your definition of a good book?
A good book is one I open as one person and close as another.
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Mr Charles Dickens. Because it is economical to do so – I would need only to cook for two, as the rest of the chairs at the table would be filled by the manifestations of his imagination.
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do_____
Everything I said I wouldn’t do for love I have already done. Love has conquered me.
John Purcell has worked in the book industry for the last 20 years. While still in his 20’s he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for 10 years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Marketing at Booktopia, Australia’s largest 100% Australian-owned and operated online bookshop where he is charged with putting the book into Booktopia. He counts many long-dead authors among his friends. Oh, and from time to time he masquerades as a woman by the name of Natasha Walker and writes filthy books to help women get to sleep at night.