“We're all made of stories. When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on. Not forever, perhaps, but for a time. It's a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it's true, but then so's everything.”
― Charles de Lint
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Guest post: Natasha from the 'Natasha Saga' interviews author Heather Greenis
Today, Natasha, the main character in the four books of the Natasha Saga, interviews her author, Heather Greenis.
Natasha - Ah, Heather, you are prompt. How delightful.
HG - I knew you’d be early. Reading, I see. Are you enjoying your book?
Natasha - It’s a book of poetry. I’m able to hear Stewart’s voice as he reads to me. I’m glad you gave me time to think about questions. I’ve given this a great deal of thought.
HG - Uh oh.
Natasha - No. I won’t be cruel. To start, who is your favourite character in Natasha’s
HG - Stewart isn’t close by, is he? I don’t want to upset him. I like Stewart, but I must admit you were my favourite in Natasha’s Dream. With this book told primarily in your point of view, you were developed so the readers would cheer you on, feel sorry for you and I want to reach into the book, grab you by the shoulders and lecture you.
Natasha. - Goodness. I’m thankful they can't. I'm not comfortable having strangers touch me.
HG - In the second book, Natasha’s Diary, Stewart has a stronger voice. Readers get a better grasp of his character.
Natasha - I’ve read the story came to you through a dream. Much like Keeghan is dreaming. Your dream gave you the idea for the end of Natasha’s Dream and your imagination built the story that lead to the ending.Did you have another dream to inspire the remainder of the saga? The other 3 books?
HG - No. Natasha’s Diary, Hope and Legacy were completely my imagination. My husband read Natasha’s Dream and said ‘And??? You can’t end it there. Keep writing. The story needs developed.’
Natasha - I didn’t expect to chuckle while interviewing you. You are as witty as Stewart.
Stewart - I heard my name.
Natasha - Love. Allow me to introduce you to the woman that gave you life. Hum. Perhaps that’s the wrong term. This is not your momma, but Heather. We are discussing our lives. My life. My character is rather bright, Heather. Surprisingly so.
HG - You spent a lot of time in solitude as a child. Reading, and discussing novels with Nanny, you would be intelligent. The plot required siblings, education and values.
Stewart was written as a sweetheart. Gorgeous, smart, a real catch. The kind of guy any girl would give her right arm to date.
Stewart - You’re making me blush.
HG - It's not the first time, is it, Stewart? Natasha, you had to be special to capture his attention.
Natasha - I must mention Goldie. That lovely dog. Was Goldie part of your original dream?
HG - No, but it made sense to include her. Animals give the opportunity to add humour to a scene. To lighten the mood. Growing up with a dog, I was inspired. Critters are smart and with that sixth sense. I enjoyed writing scenes with the dog. If only Goldie could talk. Oh, I take that back. It’s a good thing dogs can’t talk. Goldie would have ruined the story. Perhaps that will be another novel...
Natasha - We had a delightful visit with William and Keeghan yesterday. The computer challenged me. This small, um, thing, but I was enchanted when William showed me the picture of you and information about you. In particular we looked at books you have read. Keeghan has read a number of the books you have read and we concluded most have a moral. I am curious. It there a moral to the Natasha Saga?
HG - Yes, every story needs a moral and for the Natasha Saga it’s greed. Drives me crazy. People are greedy for personal reasons, people running institutions are greedy. How the world would be a better place if greed didn’t exist.
Natasha - Greed and power. Indeed.
The first book is called Natasha’s Dream. How did you come up with the name? Stewart and I have discussed this, but we’d like to hear the thought process behind it.
HG - My husband came up with it. We discussed a lot of names. One being Crown of Denial, but when the story turned into a saga, I wanted a name that could carry throughout the saga. Crown had it’s limitations. Natasha’s Dream had a double meaning. Natasha Dreams of a different life. Keeghan is having a dream. The name connects the two stories.
Natasha - Given the fact I wrote a diary, the name of the next book makes sense. Natasha’s Diary - Any tidbits about the second book?
HG - Well, my editor Teale loves it. I quote “Heather, it was so good. The first book was good, but I'd say this one is even better. It's just a real pleasure to read.”
Like the first book it may make you chuckle and could bring a tear to your eye.
Natasha - That is pleasing to hear. What about Natasha’s Hope? Once again I’m certain I know the answer.
HG - Natasha’s hope. Natasha’s Hope. Either works. A verb or a noun.
Natasha - I love double meanings. And the saga will end with Natasha’s Legacy.
HG - Yes. And I promise, questions are answered. One friend read all four books.She wrote;
“I just finished reading your last book. I couldn’t put it down all week and this morning stayed in bed until finished.This isn’t just a family/love story, you have managed to weave some great messages on family, on love, on giving. Many writers I read I don’t get the same from.”