Interview with Natasha Hoar, Author of The Stubborn Dead

Natasha Hoar is the author of The Stubborn Dead, a Carina Press release that knocked my socks off.  I loved the pacing, the suspense, and the protagonist, so when Natasha agreed to drop by and chat for a while, I was geeked.  Check out what she has to say about her urban fantasy series.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less:

[Natasha Hoar] A cartoon loving tea-aholic that writes whooey-whooey fiction.

[Manga Maniac Café]  Can you tell us a little about The Stubborn Dead?

[Natasha Hoar] The Stubborn Dead is a novella that centers around rescue medium Rachel Miller’s race to save a man trapped in the form of a violent wraith.

[Manga Maniac Café]  How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Natasha Hoar] They were developed during a short story course presented by RWA Online. I had been reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and ‘The girl without hands’ triggered an idea. That original idea became Rachel’s back story. I honestly don’t recall the minutiae of how I came up with the final product – it was a fairly organic process that happened during the various stages of the course (read – I’m a pantser/plotter hybrid).

[Manga Maniac Café]  What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[Natasha Hoar] Combining just the right amount of pacing, detail, and back story, given the word count. (I know, I know – I was pretty skimpy on back story, but it was for the greater good, I promise!)

[Manga Maniac Café]  What’s up next for Rachel? Can you share a little about her next adventure?

[Natasha Hoar] As Rachel begins helping Kit to master his rodach abilities Vancouver is besieged by a soul-devouring creature called a reaper. If taking out the reaper wasn’t challenging enough, she has to protect an enigmatic man named Luke whom the reaper seems intent on snacking on and she is also threatened by a shade necromancer.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What are the three things Rachel would never have in her purse?

[Natasha Hoar] Rachel doesn’t carry a purse. She’s like Kate Beckett in Castle, or Olivia Dunham in Fringe, who somehow manage to get away with only carrying a wallet (and a weapon). Let’s just say the only time I’ve seen Rachel come close to a purse in a story idea was when she was invited to a gala, and she had a tiny clutch that basically held her debit card, driver’s licenses, medical aid info, lip gloss/lipstick, and maybe some mascara. Anything else – forgetaboutit!

[Manga Maniac Café]  What do you enjoy most about urban fantasy? Why do you read them and what prompted you to try writing your own?

[Natasha Hoar] I’ve been a fan of fantasy as a whole for as long as I can remember. I enjoy being able to find characters and experiences I can relate to in stories with fantastic elements – after all, we all laugh, cry, hurt, desire, change and hopefully love.

Regarding why I tried to write an urban fantasy, it just sort of happened! *laugh* I had been trying to piece together a paranormal romance novel when I started the RWAO course. I decided to start with a fresh story for the course, but I didn’t want to stray too far from the paranormal genre. It just so happened that the story I wound up with turned out to be an urban fantasy.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What are your greatest creative influences?

[Natasha Hoar] Another tough question! I’m influenced by things that I enjoy, and things that make me feel something. If a show, movie or story is enjoyable, I try and figure out what exactly made me think that. Likewise, if a program, news report, or even someone’s actions inspires a significant emotion in me, I want to know why, and how they did it. All these things, I feel, are important to good story telling.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What three things do you need in order to write?

[Natasha Hoar] My iPod, free access to (Tetley orange pekoe or Numi honeybush) tea and a comfortable chair!

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Natasha Hoar] It’s simply not possible to pick a book, so I’ll give credit to a person, instead. My dad read to my sister and I from the time we were old enough to sit up by ourselves, and that habit naturally encouraged a love of reading and a love of stories.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Natasha Hoar] I read, draw, sleep (I’m a BIG fan of napping. It’s a fantastic way to overcome story ‘speedbumps’). I have three My Little Ponies in various stages of customization that I work on as the mood strikes. Before my desktop computer died on me I thoroughly enjoyed playing DC Universe Online (as a hero. Being a villain was too stressful). I occasionally play a really neat flash-based online multiplayer game called Glitch. (It has fairly addictive game play, so I to try limit my exposure. I have to make time to write, after all!)

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!

I asked Natasha to share her favorite My Little Pony from her collection.  Here’s her favorite customized Pony.  I think it’s pretty cool, and I love the doll, too!

Here’s what Natasha had to say about her favorite Pony –

I couldn’t pick a favourite out of my ‘stock’ (original, unmodified) herd, so I took a photo of my favourite customised pony. Pictured is ‘Hoodoo’, by an artist called Morosan. (For anyone familiar with the 80s MLP range, Hoodoo’s base pony is a Tootsie.) She was the very first custom pony I ever bought. I think she’s utterly adorable.

You can learn more about Natasha by visiting her website, following her on Twitter, and by browsing her  pretty dolls and uber cool Ponies (which are far cheaper to feed than mine!).

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2 thoughts on “Interview with Natasha Hoar, Author of The Stubborn Dead

  • February 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    This book is on my wishlist. Can’t wait to read it!!! Great interview, Natasha and Julie. Thanks for posting it!

  • February 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    @ Paige – Thanks – you will love the story!

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