My spotlight today is shining brightly on the awesome YA Paranomal/Fantasy author N.L. Echeverria…

My name is Natasha
Echeverria and I was born in raised out of Hillsboro, Oregon. I’m 29 years old,
married to a wonderful man, Arturo Echeverria, and we have three beautiful
boys, Sebastian age 8, Preston age 7 and Arty age 4. Reading is my “me” time. I
can’t get enough of it. You will find me in a Barnes and Noble walking up and
down isles for hours, looking through all the incredible books. On Sunday’s you
will find me curled up on my couch with a coffee in hand, listening to my boys
play while I’m writing, reading or just relaxing with my husband. I work full time
as an insurance underwriter but of course my ideal job is to be an author full
time. My husband and children drive me to keep writing and not give up no
matter how hard it gets. I’m blessed to have so many amazing people in my life
and would not change it for anything.

Let’s get this interview started shall we before something paranormal happens…

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I write as myself however
I do use my initials NL Echeverria. I use my initials because I feel that
between my first and last name it is really long and probably hard to remember.
However I want people to know me as me.

What
made you want to be a published author?

Writing is something I
love to do, I want to write for the rest of my life and be able to of course
make it my career, which is probably every author’s goal. Being published helps
be get one step closer to that goal. I love sharing my work and reading what
people think of it, the good and the bad. It’s an incredible feeling to have
someone you don’t know read your work and tell you how much they loved and then
ask for more.

What
genre do you write in and why?

Both my novels that are
published are YA Paranormal/Fantasy. However I’m currently working on an adult
novel. I hope to be able to write in as many genres as my mind can create a
story in. I believe it’s fun and challenging, but my favorite genre is the YA
Paranormal/Fantasy and I will continue to release novel in this genre. I love
being able to create a world that is all mine and have no limitations on what I
can do with it.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

“You are an incredible
young girl and can do anything you set your mind to.” I would say this because
all young children need encouragement. They need to know they can do anything
their heart desires and there are no limitations as long as they don’t give up.
My 8 year old has written and published his first children’s novel and all I
give him is support and constant encouragement.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Not any author in
particular. All authors and books I read encourage me to write but don’t
influence my writing. I will read anything I can get my hands on and don’t
necessarily have a favorite author.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I love being a
self-published author. I have all control and it’s been a great way for me to
start out and get my writing out to the public. Yes, I would be ecstatic for a
major publishing company to pick me up and I feel that by putting my writing
out there gets me closer to that happening. I had my first book done and I
didn’t want to sit on it while I waited and hoped that an agency would accept
me. I just wanted to get it out there to share with all the readers!

How
would you rate your writing?

I would be bias if I
rated my own work because I believe it’s fantastic! However I feel and know
that the more I write the better it is. My writing has improved over the years
and will continue to improve.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Of course I’m hurt at
first but not everyone is going to like my writing. Haven’t gotten any nasty
reviews yet but I’m sure they will come. I’m proud of what I have written and
love my series and am glad that there are people out there that enjoy reading
it.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

The story and characters
themselves. Both my published books have characters from the story on them.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

It’s hard since I work
full time, have three children ages 8, 7 and 4, and sports and regular life
events. However I write every free moment I get. Sitting at the park with my
children, I bring my laptop. At night when everyone is sleeping I write or I
read. Breaks and lunches at work, you will find me in our little library area
writing away. I love writing too much to not find time.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

When I write I have a
good idea of the plot. I may not know where it will end but I definitely know
most of the events in the story and then the characters drive the story from
there and take me to an ending. It’s exciting because even when I’m writing a
novel, you will hear me say “I’m excited to find out what will happen next.” My
writing takes on its own world and I’m just along for the ride.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I have not yet. However
most of my ideas come from daydreaming. I have a scene that is an intense
emotions scene between two characters in my adult novel and it was all plotted
out during a moment of daydreaming and then I scrambled to write it down.

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. Also,
all the help from the Facebook Admins and Bloggers has been huge when it comes
to the marketing of my novels. I couldn’t do it without them.

What
are your tips for editing?

Get several people to
review your book. I went through a professional editor and paid out a lot of
money on my first novel and ended up with many mistakes. I still had several
people review it. My novels are not perfect and I know this. Now, instead of
paying out to have my novel edited, I have several individuals read through it
and do their own editing. The people I have review it are ones with degrees and
backgrounds in writing and are close friends that are brutally honest. I think
you are either a writer or an editor. I know I am not an editor because I am
the worst speller but I love writing a story and could write forever.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

Almost three years ago, I
was standing in a Barnes and Noble looking at the shelves and shelves of YA
novels, trying to find one that interested me. I couldn’t find one that I felt
I needed to have. I was with my sister when she said “why don’t you write a
book?” We laughed about it, but several weeks later I got an idea for my first
novel Fallen Desire and started writing. A year and a half later it was
finished. Then I spent another year editing and trying to figure out how to
publish it. I then discovered self-publishing and finally got it released April
of 2013.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Series, because I feel
like you can’t get enough when it’s just one book. Especially when it’s a YA
Paranormal. There is so much you can do with it and so many directions you can
go and characters you can bring into the story that one book is not enough.
However, the adult novel I’m writing will be one novel. I do feel that in adult
novels one book can be enough.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

In the self-publishing
process nothing. It was a little difficult to figure out at first but didn’t
take me long to catch on. It’s simple and I have all control of it.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Write, write and write.
Write down every idea you have because it could lead into something big one
day. Carry a journal or your laptop with you even if you know you won’t get
time to write anything. Also, do it because you love it, not because you want
to be famous or rich. Write because it makes you feel good and you want to
share your stories with others. Know that not everyone will like your work but
at the same time consider others opinions when you are writing because if you
do want to publish your work you want to make sure it is something that people
who enjoy that genre will also enjoy your novel.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

From my first book Fallen
Desire (This is on the back cover) “The
moment I met him my work changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer
know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

I did exactly the same…I could never get into reading and it was only when I realised it was because nothing appealed to me that I sat down and started writing. Now I’ve found all these fabulous Indie Authors my TBR pile has grown and I can’t keep up with my one click addiction…so let’s have a looksy at her book…

Fallen Desire (Book One)
Blurb:

“The
moment I met him my world changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer
know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

Lindsay, a teen girl from New York City, has recently moved to a small town
outside Portland, Oregon. She meets Kim and Derrick who quickly become her best
friends, but when she meets Ethan, who is extraordinarily mysterious and
gorgeous, her whole world changes.

Avarie, a witch and an old friend of Ethan’s, helps Lindsay discover her powers
and releases her ability to see the auras of those around her. Struggling to
learn her new abilities and fighting her desire for both Ethan and Derrick,
Lindsay will learn the truth behind both of them as they are fallen angels and
she is the soul of the redeemer created to save those fallen who have been
consumed by evil only if they are worthy of redemption.

New Beginning (Book Two)
Blurb:

“For he is my demon, and I am his
redeemer”

“New Beginning” is filled with newfound enemies, friendships and loves.

With a renewed outlook on who she is, Lindsay’s desperation to save Ethan
intensifies as he grows weaker by the day. Saving him becomes her sole mission
and she will face anyone who stands in her way. Now with Derrick as her
Guardian Angel, Lindsay and her friends seek out answers through the book of
“The Redeemer”.

When Lindsay’s faced by Laurence, a demon who wants her dead, the true power of
her abilities are tested. She soon finds many who are loyal to her, including
Yolanda, the head of the Fallen Council and lover to Laurence. Lindsay quickly
discovers that her urge to seek demons and save them becomes a part of her and
something she can’t deny.

A longtime friendship between Derrick and Kim blooms into something much deeper
as Kim has waited for this moment for so long. Discover if Derrick’s
never-ending love for Lindsay will stand in their way.

Secrets lie behind the unexpected as a love causes betrayal. Follow Lindsay as
she finds new friendships and becomes the leader she never thought she would
be. When she’s faced with the true evil of a demon her determination to save
Ethan guides her.

Everyone these are awesome books and you can buy them here:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Nook

And you can stalk her here:

http://www.facebook.com/fallendesireseries

http://www.facebook.com/nlecheverria

Twitter: @nlecheverria