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A New Award for Emily’s House: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

I got notice this week that my first novel, Emily’s House, received a Pinnacle Book Award in the Juvenile Fiction category! The Pinnacle awards recognize excellence in Independent Publishing. I’m thrilled, of course, to receive a recognition for my “first born” book and labor of love. 

The award feels almost as good as the Reader’s Favorite 5 Star award that it received earlier this summer.

Awards are nice but nothing compares to happy readers. The nearly 2 Million reads of Emily’s House on Wattpad as well as the votes and comments – that’s what it’s all about. Readers that enjoy the adventure, the mysticism, the action of the book. The readers who “get it.” That’s what keeps me writing.

But I’m happy to accept the awards too 😉

If you’d like to read an excerpt of Emily’s House, you can do so here on my blog. Just click this link.

Thanks to all of my readers and blog followers for your support! 😀

Writer Wednesday: Time to Fight or Take Flight with Chele Cooke

Welcome to Writer Wednesday! I am pleased to welcome back author Chele Cooke. I’m happy to share with you her new release, Fight or Flight. It’s the follow up to Dead and Buryd (the Out of Orbit series). If you haven’t already read Dead and Buryd, pick it up now! It’s FREE on Amazon from July 25 to August 8. And grab Fight or Flight while you’re there.

To whet your appetite, here is an excerpt from Fight or Flight. Enjoy!


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Fight or Flight by Chele Cooke
Book 2 of the Out of Orbit Series
From Chapter 2: Promises and Protection
“Dhiren,” Georgianna began. “How did you… I mean, why did you agree to work for them?”

A soft sigh left his lips and he leaned forwards, resting his arms across his knees. He glanced at Georgianna before turning his attention back onto his boots.

“I didn’t have much of a choice.”

“But you’re… You could have defended yourself,” she argued. “You don’t need their protection like…”

“Like me” almost slipped from her lips, but she couldn’t bring herself to say it. Dhiren tilted his head to the side and carefully stretched out his jaw, a click sounding from one of the joints.

“I did from the Adveni,” he admitted. “When I was captured, I knew that it would only be so long before I was given the rope. Vajra approached me. He said he would keep me from being executed if I worked for them.”

He gave a dismissive shrug.

He was older than her, perhaps by five or six years. She had often wondered about him, curious about what he’d done to get put into the compound, but she had never dared ask. 

He’d never been anything but kind and cheerful to her, but the opinions of the other inmates had often weighed on her mind.

She’d heard stories when she used to come into the compound on her medic visits, but it was only when she arrived as an inmate herself that the other inmates really began to talk. They told her everything she wanted to know. There were different stories, but the one she heard most often was that the brothers had been captured after the massacre of an Adveni transport almost six years before. Ta-Dao, the elder brother, and Vajra, the younger, had been informed that they would never leave the compound unless they were being put into the ground.

Funnily, there were no common rumours about Dhiren’s incarceration. Every person who spoke about it gave a different story, varying from the questionable to the downright insane. His story, according to most, was far more exciting than the brothers because he never talked about it. Georgianna wondered if anyone had bothered to ask him.

“What… What did you do?”

Dhiren’s eyes narrowed and he tugged at each of his sleeves in turn, covering up a little more skin. She wondered whether she had stepped too far. If she was wrong about people being afraid to ask him about his crime, he might not look at her the same way again. He didn’t speak to many of the other inmates and from what Georgianna had seen, he didn’t even speak to the brothers unless he had to. He watched her for a few moments, a calculating expression on his square face.

“Murder. Three Adveni.”

In an instant, the cautious look in his eyes was gone and he smiled proudly, almost childishly—a teenager boasting of his first hunting kill.

“That they caught me for.”


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Oh, I love that last line. And I want to know more about Dhiren. How about you?

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And read Chele’s bio and check out her social media links after the Giveaway.


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Chele Cooke is an English-born writer based in London. Starting out writing fan fiction, she soon moved onto her own fiction, releasing her first novel, ‘Dead and Buryd’, in 2013, the sequel ‘Fight or Flight’ following less than a year later.
She is currently working on The Out of Orbit series, a number of short stories, a circus based sci-fi, and a paranormal serial currently released weekly on Wattpad.


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My Writing Process Blog Tour

A Writer’s Space: Where the Magic Begins
I was invited by the lovely and talented young author, Chele Cooke, to participate in this fun and unique blog tour. This week I’m answering four questions about my writing process. I’ve tagged three other authors to answer these questions on their blog next week.

1) What am I working on?

Emily’s Heart by Natalie Wright
Having recently launched my third book, Emily’s Heart (Book 3 of The Akasha Chronicles). I’ve been spending a lot of time writing blog posts, answering interviews, and generally flitting around the cybersphere. But I’m also gearing up to start a new teen, science fiction series (working title H.A.L.F.). I’M SO EXCITED about this new series!!! Well, it’s not so new. I had the idea back in 2010 and actually finished the first draft in the summer of 2012. But I shelved it for a while so I could finish up The Akasha Chronicles. But even though it was “one the shelf”, by brain and subconscious were still hard at work on it. I’m stoked about the new direction the story has taken in my brain. It will be like The X-Files meets the T.V. show Roswell with a pinch of The Good, the Bad and The Ugly. I’m in the worldbuilding and character development stage right now, but will be sitting my butt in the chair in March to bang out a (second) first draft. I hope to release Book 1 of the series in the Spring of 2015. Stay tuned 😉

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Akasha Chronicles
My first series, The Akasha Chronicles, isn’t quite like anything else out there! There are a couple of reasons. First, my writing tends to cross the borders between genres. Take Emily’s House (Book 1). It’s full of magick and myth putting it in the fantasy genre (complete with a spiteful pixie, a banshee, and magickal powers), but it also has a science fiction bent (time travel and black holes at the Large Hadron Collider). Second, The Akasha Chronicles is about Emily’s spiritual journey. On the surface, it’s a fun series with lots of action and adventure, a bit of romance and the third book is a dystopian lovestory. But taken as a whole, it’s a chronicle of a spiritual warrior’s journey. There aren’t many books written for teenagers that are about a young person’s spiritual journey! It’s just about absent from teen literature. But readers (especially the 1.4 million reads on Wattpad) have proven that teens enjoy books that make them think. That make them question. And that give them hope.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because I have to write what I write! It’s as if I don’t have a choice. I have lots of ideas but some grab hold and become like an obsession, begging me to give it voice. Those ideas become notebooks full of notes, folders full of research, drawings of characters and scribbled on maps. The ideas that begin to fill a notebook become a novel.

4) How does my writing process work?

My stories typically start with a plot. I often have a story come to me in beginning, middle, end form. I then work from the plot idea and consider characters, worldbuilding, etc. I do not outline per se, but I do write a synopsis hitting the main plot points. I spend quite a bit of time working on character back story and I try to understand the main characters and their motivations, etc. before I begin to write. I try to write the first draft in a short period of time (short for me means 30-60 days), then I let it simmer for a while. Then I go back to the manuscript and read, revise, re-write and repeat. I do that until I’m sick of looking at it and can’t think of any way to improve it. At that point, it’s ready for initial beta reader/content editor. Then the revision process starts anew. My books generally take about 9-13 months to complete. Now that I’m no longer practicing law, I might be able to produce books more quickly. We’ll see 😉
Chele Cooke
Author of Dead and Buryd

Thank you again to Chele Cooke for tapping me to participate in this blog tour. Please check out Chele at her website and do read her debut novel, Dead and Buryd.

And next week be sure to check out Heather Sunseri’s blog for her post about her writing process. Here is a little bit about Heather.

Heather writes young adult science fiction romance (but don’t let the science fiction trip you up—it’s mostly romance). Born and raised in a small town in Central Kentucky, which can be quite boring at times, she had no choice but to create stories in her head in which she can be anything from an FBI agent to a mad scientist who clones human beings to an actual cloned human with supernatural mind control abilities. You can find out more about the stories Heather writes and her publishing journey at http://heathersunseri.com or if you want to discuss other fun life experiences, join her on her brand new experimental blog, http://alifedissettled.com

Dashing to the Deadline

Holding Proof Copy of Emily’s Trial
Yesterday I eagerly opened a shipping box and inside – proof copies of Emily’s Trial! I love e-books and recognize that most of my fans and readers will read my books in the e-book version. But there is something so wonderful about holding a book 🙂

As I write this, a last round of copy-editing is being done; any issues with the print formatting are being worked out; the final cover is being formatted by the cover designer; and then it will go to digital formatting.

AND I ONLY HAVE LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO GET IT ALL DONE!!!

Writer on Deadline
Right now, I look like that most of the time.

Readers are enjoying the first five chapters of Emily’s Trial on Wattpad. You can click the link on the right side of the page here to pop on over to Wattpad and check it out, if you’d like.

Soon almost a year’s worth of work will culminate in my pressing the “UPLOAD” button and readers will be able to check out Book 2 of the Akasha Chronicles. I’ll rest a few days, then dig into writing Book 3 😉

Manic Monday: Do You Wattpad?

What the heck is a Wattpad?! Is it social media? Is it a place to share your writing? Is it a place to read new and often truly unique stories and poems that you won’t find anywhere else?

Yes, yes and yes.

With almost 2 million registered users worldwide, and over 7 million unique visitors each month, this app is a robust and busy place.

You may have noticed my Wattpad buttons on the right side of my blog. If you haven’t, scroll down now and check it out. You can see my current stats and if you click through, you can start enjoying Wattpad.
But wait! Don’t go yet. I want to share with you a few things I’ve learned about Wattpad, and some of my thoughts about it.

First, Wattpad is social. And like with all things social, it’s about give and get. You can’t just go upload your brilliantly written short story on Wattpad, do nothing else, and expect to have hundreds of thousands of reads and votes. To get started, peruse the stories already there in your favorite genre. If you like something that you read, fan the author, leave them a comment, vote for them and otherwise be a good apple. Plan to spend some time with this. Get to know some people and their work. Don’t expect everyone to automatically “fan you” back. Some will. Some won’t. That’s okay. Fan people whose work you genuinely enjoyed; start conversation with people that you truly would like to get to know better. Dance your happy butterfly dance and be the little social bee, but in a sincere way. You’ll build up a base of friends and fans.

Nokia: Kids Don’t Want iPhone or Android Anymore
“Hey, check out the amazing story that Natalie Wright just posted!”

Second, teens are the prime users of Wattpad – for now. That doesn’t mean that there are no adult readers hanging out there – there are. But Wattpad has thus far attracted a young crowd of readers and writers. If you write stories for teens, Wattpad can be a great place to attract readers – get to know them – and get direct feedback from your target audience. It’s also fun to see what they are writing and to cheer them on. I’ve read some truly unique stories written by promising young writers. They need polish and experience. But they’re writing imaginative stuff, fueled by their real-life experience and unfettered by constraints of  “the rules”.


So far, all of the comments that I’ve received have been constructive critiques or positive comments. No nastiness or ugliness.

I want you to look at my Wattpad button on the right side again. How many views for Emily’s House? When I wrote this post, it was close to 300,000. That’s a lot, isn’t it?!


How’d I get so many views? Because Emily’s House is currently a “Featured Selection” on Wattpad. How did it get featured status? It wasn’t anything I did. Wattpad contacted me, based on a recommendation by a reader. When Emily’s House went to featured status, it had a little over 3,000 reads. It went from 3,000 to close to 300,000 in less than three weeks.


That’s a lot of exposure to potential readers. Some read a bit and move on. But others get engaged by the story and add it to their libraries, fan me, vote, etc.


If you’re a writer, especially if you write for teens and young adults, I recommend that you check Wattpad out. Post an excerpt of a story, or some of your poetry or short stories. Hang out and engage. Who knows, you just may find some devoted and loyal fans.


If you enjoy reading, then what are you waiting for?! Click my button, hop on over to Wattpad, and start enjoying Emily’s House 🙂


Do you Wattpad? If you do, share your thoughts on it with me here. Do you like it? Have any problems or beefs with it?