Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
Ha! There are a lot of things that led me to writing, but I started as a hobby while in university as a way to self-care (and you know, not run down the quad screaming and pulling on my hair). ^_^
What inspired you to write your book?
Weirdly, In the Key of Nira Ghani began as another book, but I was struggling with it…and put it down…then tried again. But instead of trying to force the story, I took a breath and listened to what the story wanted instead of what I wanted, and Nira was created. It was a great lesson that (1) each book has its own growth rate and (2) sometimes writing is less about getting words on the page and more about listening to that quiet, creative voice.
What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I hope they take what they’d like. When it comes to writing, I liken it to building a playground. I’m going to put in swings and a slide, and all the other good stuff. But how you play and where you go is up to you. I just want to give you a space to play. ☺
What drew you into this particular genre?
I’m lucky because I get to write in a lot of different genres. Nira’s story was contemporary fiction because that’s what the story and character arc required.
If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
Ha! I love this question. By the time my book is complete, I’ve spent a lot of time with my characters and asked them all the questions I can. (Honestly, I think they’re happy when I’m done writing because they’ll finally get some peace and quiet!).
What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
Ohhh, great question—maybe Twitter?
What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
I have a MG book coming out with Capstone Publishing in their Girls Survive line that I’m super excited about! Maria and the Plague of Florence is all about Maria, living in Italy and doing all she can to save herself and her family after the Black Plague invades Florence in 1347.
About the Author
Natasha Deen’s family moved from Guyana, South America to Canada to escape the country’s political & racial violence. She loved growing up in a country of snow & flannel, but often felt out of place. Thank goodness for books that showed her being different could also mean being awesome. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family where she spends A LOT of time arguing with her cats and dogs about who’s the boss of the house. Visit her at www.natashadeen.com.