#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Natalie D. Richards (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Today, we have the author of Six Months Later from Sourcebooks Fire, NATALIE D. RICHARDS! Let's all welcome her!

About Natalie D. Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog.

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1. I’m known for my homemade caramel corn.  Seriously.  People have suggested I open a business.  It’s crazy. 

2. I’m a chapstick purist.  The original Burt’s Bees in the yellow tube is all I use.  Sadly, I lose about fifteen tubes of it a year.  I should buy stock in the company.

3. I generally dislike things that are sappy or sentimental.  I never watch Hallmark or Lifetime movies, and don’t like poetry in greeting cards.  Until December 1st.  It’s like someone tacks up a few strands of Christmas lights and I’m immediately singing “O’ Holy Night” and watching some movie about true love triumphing in the face of impossible odds and (in most cases) a snowstorm.

4. The word ‘bulbous’ bothers me.  I mean, really.  Bulbous.  Horrible!

5. I’m a Star Wars fanatic.  Favorite movie?  Empire Strikes Back.  Favorite characters?  Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Vader.  Favorite Quote? “I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing”

6. I’ve been to Hawaii twice.  It’s like winning the lottery. Twice. How did I get this lucky?

7. I once performed in a play on the radio.  Kind of cool experience.

8. Speaking of radio, I have one of those totally weird “radio voices” and frequently get requests to record voicemail systems or perform public reading/moderating. 

9. I’m nerved out about food germs.  It’s so dumb.  I’m always wondering how long pasta salad has been sitting out or whether or not a fly has landed on my hot dog.  Potlucks are hopeless for me. 

10. I worked as a third shift waitress in a pancake house.  Think about that for a minute. Consider the clientele one might encounter at a restaurant at four o’clock in the morning.  Yes, it was exactly like you’re imagining.

11. I actually wrote a story that started with the sentence “It was a dark and stormy night.” Now, l should mention that I was in the third grade, but still.

12. I know the lyrics to every single song on the Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine album. 

13. Since we’re on number 13, I’ll finish with the fact that my birthday is a 13th and, apparently (if rumors are correct) I share it with Bella from the Twilight saga.


Okay, yes, I really have to agree on the word 'bulbous'. Hahaha! Long live moist! Die bulbous, die! Now, let's get to know Natalie's debut novel, SIX MONTHS LATER!


Six Months Later
Title: Six Months Later
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013

Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her?

And why can't she remember?

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Natalie (heart her!) is giving away a signed copy of SIX MONTHS LATER to a lucky US/Can resident! Good luck!

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Thank you Natalie for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Alison Cherry visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Mindy McGinnis!

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  1. Ok, now I want to hear her voice! Haha. Thanks for the giveaway. The bookd sounds intriguing

    1. Let's ask Natalie to sing for us! And yes, her book sounds intriguing and I hope I can read it soon too! Thanks for dropping by, Kaylee!

    2. HAHAHA! I totally would. I have no shame. It would be unbelievably bad and cheesy, but we would laugh and have a good time at my expense. Dianne, thank you SO much for having me. I can't tell you how excited I am to be here! :-)

    3. I'm expecting a video of you singing then! Hee. I'm so happy that you're here as well! :D

  2. Six Months Later sounds great. I'm going to check it out now! I'm already dying to know what happened during those six months. It's interesting to see how much life can change in such a seemingly short amount of time.

    1. Me too! It's definitely really interesting and mysterious. Thanks for dropping by, Jennifer!

  3. I've been dying to read Six Months Later! It sounds so amazing(:
    I have to admit bulbous is in fact a weird word. I've been to Hawaii once when I was in second grade. From what I can remember, it was fun. Really want to go again now that I'm older. I don't really care about food germs. I guess I never really thought about it before.
    I love NIN, but I only really know the lyrics to one of their songs.
    Ummmm, my birthday is the 5th of an entirely different month. And that's all I got. Those are some interesting thing to know about you. I really want to hear your voice now!
    Looking forward to reading Six Months Later. Nothing like a good mystery. Have a great day and thanks for the giveaway!
    (Joanna V)

    1. Thank you for dropping by Joanna and sharing a lot about yourself as well! Hope we all get to read SIX MONTHS LATER soon! :)

  4. The book sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)


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