Interview With Natasha Deen

Thanks to Partners in Crime Book Tours, I got to review Natasha Deen’s What Happens in Vegas! You can check out my review, here.  Now we get to sit down and chat with her for this stop. Enjoy and do check out Natasha’s book, it’s a hoot! 🙂

TTS: The Top Shelf would like to welcome Natasha Deen! Tell us a bit about yourself and your book, What Happens in Vegas.

Thanks for having me, TTS.

About the book: It’s not that Binda Morningstar’s an idiot—the girl’s got more degrees than a thermometer—but there’s something about a crisis that makes her lose her mind…and accidentally injure anyone within a ten-foot radius. But if she’s going to rescue her boss from a cursed jewel, she’s going to have to keep it together. Unfortunately for her, the cop on the case, Corin Hawthorne, has her losing her mind and her heart…and if he gets any more drool-worthy, she’s going to lose her inhibitions, too. To save her boss and win her man, she’s got to out run a mobster, out wit the YIFFS at a sex-fetish convention, and out think an ex-wife—and she’s got to do it all without breaking an arm or inadvertently hitting anyone with pepper spray…it’s all got Binda hoping that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

About me: When I was ten, I thought aliens landed in my backyard. When I was twenty-three, I spent an afternoon accidentally flashing everyone within my vicinity (my blouse buttons had popped), and I once put my hand on a hot element to see “why there was shiny stuff on it.”  Obviously, a career in writing was for me—I shouldn’t be allowed out of the house or within fifty feet of anything living.

TTS: How did the idea for this book come about?

The Wild Rose Press had a call out for stories involving a jewel. The story could be anything, but it had to have the jewel. I’m a huge fan of 1984’s Romancing the Stone, and I wanted to do a similar type of story: A woman tossed into circumstances beyond her control and accompanied by a super-sexy hunk.

TTS: I like to ask this question of every author I interview because I find character creation interesting. How did you name your characters and did you shape them after people you know in real life?

Oh, I knew Binda was aboriginal, but I didn’t want to spend time on the page explaining it. Naming her Binda was perfect: it’s Australian and it means “deep water,” which considering the adventures she gets into, suits her perfectly. She is based on every girl I’ve ever known and our tendency to get ourselves in hilarious trouble when trying to problem solve.

TTS: What Happens in Vegas is an outrageous read. Seriously, I burst out laughing several times. Did you have this all planned out when you set out to write the book or did the story take a life of its own beyond the initial paragraph?

No, it was all planned. Painfully, painfully planned.

TTS: Okay off that question, I have to ask about the YIFFS. They’re in the blurb so I didn’t give anything away, where in the WORLD did you come up with that idea?

C’mon. It’s Vegas, baby. How could I not include YIFFS?

TTS: Were there ever moments where the story didn’t go the way you planned or personally wanted it to go? How did you deal with that?

Yes, lots and lots of moments. In fact, the beginning went from this “The package arrived, as always, wrapped in butcher’s paper.  This year, however, it wasn’t ticking.” to “I’m not a violent person, but when I saw the envelope in my mailbox, I started thinking of alibis and quiet, deserted spots to bury a body.” to  “When I was sixteen, I was kicked out of Mme. Dubois’ finishing school for tripping over my feet.  Lots of girls tripped and fell, but I was the first to do so and manage to burn down the school at the same time.”  to “The last time I tried to be proactive in a crisis, I broke my arm and accidentally blinded my grandmother with pepper spray.”

I solve the “story’s not going the way I planned it” with the same time-tested technique every writer uses: I stayed in the chair until I figured out what was going wrong (voice) and how to get it solved (keep writing).

TTS: What are you working on currently? Is there a sequel to What Happens in Vegas in the works?

I haven’t a clue how I could ever top Vegas.  I wish I could—I love those characters!  Right now, I’m planning a launch of my YA (urban fantasy) True Grime, and working on a re-telling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale.

TTS: On an end note, have you ever been to Vegas and has anything strange ever happened to you?

I was there when I was thirteen and thanks to my diligent parents, the only strange thing that happened to me was drinking lukewarm water…although, it should be noted, my parents decided a great family vacation would be to pack three kids into a Ford Aerostar and drive across the desert—WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING—to see Las Vegas.  So, I suppose the strangest thing that happened to me in conjunction with Vegas would be my parents…

TTS: Once again, we’d like to thank Natasha Deen for being here.  This has been a lot of fun and we hope to have you back again sometime!

When Natasha Deen was little, there was only one thing she wanted to be: a superhero. But there came a day when her dreams were broken, and that was the day she realized that being a klutz was not, in fact, a super power, and her super weakness for anything bright and shiny meant a magpie with self-control could easily defeat her in a battle of wills.  She turned to writing as a way to sharpen her mental super-hero skills. She doesn’t get to orbit the earth in a space station (and thank God, because she gets sick on merry go rounds), but she does get to say things like: “Stand aside! This is a job for Writing Girl!!

Synopsis: Jewel of the Night

It’s not that Binda Morningstar’s an idiot—the girl’s got more degrees than a thermometer—but there’s something about a crisis that makes her lose her mind…and accidentally injure anyone within a ten-foot radius. But if she’s going to rescue her boss from a cursed jewel, she’s going to have to keep it together. Unfortunately for her, the cop on the case, Corin Hawthorne, has her losing her mind and her heart…and if he gets any more drool-worthy, she’s going to lose her inhibitions, too. To save her boss and win her man, she’s got to out run a mobster, out wit the YIFFS at a sex-fetish convention, and out think an ex-wife—and she’s got to do it all without breaking an arm or inadvertently hitting anyone with pepper spray…it’s all got Binda hoping that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

3 thoughts on “Interview With Natasha Deen

    • September 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm
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      No problem! Was a lot of fun! You’re welcome back any time you’d like to take over my blog for a day Natasha! 🙂

  • September 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm
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    Goodness gracious! This woman is a walking, talking, modern-day comedy! How can all that possibly actually happen in one lifetime? Whew!

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