Continuing our periodic "Meet the Authors Who Create the Magic" feature, today we're interviewing R. L. Naquin, whose book MONSTER IN MY CLOSET, Releases on July 30th!
Tell us a little about yourself: I always hate this question. My standard bio says, you know, one husband, two kids, three cats, and an imaginary dog named Waffles. Yawn. I’d rather talk about my books. Or urban legends. Or the fact that Marvel movies are better than DC movies, but I only read DC comics. Except for lately, since DC totally screwed up the entire universe and Donna Troy doesn’t even exist at the moment, rendering my collection of Donna Troy/Wonder Girl/Troia action figures a little ridiculous. I like cake better than pie, though pie is good, too. Animals in human clothes make me laugh. Every time. Without exception. Also, spontaneous combustion. I don’t even know why that makes me laugh, but there’s something seriously wrong with me.
What’s your writing process? Where do you write?
My writing process is filled with complicated pre-steps in the planning stages. Index cards, magnets, a big white board, a notebook, multiple word .docs. When I finally settle in to write, play time is over. Mostly after that, I plow through it. I write on the couch. At a desk. In coffee shops. At the park. Wherever my laptop can go. It’s acting weird lately, though, so the battery only gives me two hours before I have to plug in somewhere. I’ve been known (after two hours) to pack up from a coffee shop with no outlets, drive across town, and plug in at another coffee shop so I can keep going.
Which five people (real, fictional, historical) would you invite to dinner and why?
Anastasia Romanov, Amelia Earhart, Lizzie Borden, the captain of the Mary Celeste, and Nostradamus. The first four so they can tell me their stories and solve the unsolvable mysteries they left behind. The last one, well, just give me five minutes with him so I can see exactly how crazy and/or drug-addled he was.
VS sez: I love your choices!!! Wow, the mysteries you could unravel at this dinner!
What has surprised you about being a published author?
Being a published author! That was a huge surprise all in itself. Holy cow. You mean I don’t totally suck?
Do you do a lot of research for your books?
I get bogged down in research sometimes. I once wrote a short story about a psychic fortune-cookie maker. I watched every YouTube video and read every article I could find on the subject. I spent days on the research. Once I wrote it, the story had maybe two lines describing her actually making the damn things.
Have you ever used an incident from real life in one of your books?
I pillage my own life for content all the time. Mostly, stupid, little things. In the second Monster Haven book, Pooka in My Pantry, there’s a conversation Zoey has with a guy who’s hitting on her at a party. He teaches fourth grade and tells her that some girls in his class “decorated” in the girls bathroom using yogurt, milk, and a peanut butter sandwich. True story. My best friend did that. To this day, I’m not sure if I was upset that I wasn’t invited to participate or if it was because they used my unwanted sandwich I’d cleverly tossed in the bathroom trash so I wouldn’t have to eat it. I carried a lot of guilt for years over having left behind the materials. She got into a lot of trouble.
Favorite TV Show:
Once Upon a Time
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Boxers or Briefs:
Favorite time of the year:
Please answer finish this sentence:
“I believe in the Magic of……Disney." I am a Disney girl to the depths of my soul.
What are you working on next?
Fairies in My Fireplace, book three of the Monster Haven Stories.
What one question do you want to ask your Readers today?
What monsters do you believe are lurking in your house? (Kids, partners, and pets don’t count.)
Where can your Readers find you online?
Buy Link for MONSTER IN MY CLOSET: