February 24, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Guest Post: The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Welcome to my stop on The Cellar blog tour hosted by Sourcebooks Fire!
Today I have a guest post by author Natasha Preston about writing from the perspective of a captive like our main character Summer.
I just finished reading the book last night, and loved it! 

Title: The Cellar
Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genre: Mystery,Thriller
Age Group: Young Adult

Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

***Author Guest Post***

I just wanted to say thank you for taking part in the blog tour for The Cellar and allowing me to guest post. It’s my first one so I’m really excited.

What was it like to write from the perspective of a captive like Summer? 
Writing from Summer’s perspective was pretty draining at times. Actually it was draining 99% of the time. I had to put myself in her position and fell her fear and determination to survive. With every event I replaced Summer with myself and thought about what I’d do. Would I just go for it and try to bash him over the head or would I play along until something came along that I felt had a higher chance at success. I’d chose the latter so Summer did too.
I’ve been asked a few times why Summer wasn’t strong and I’ll always maintain that she is. I don’t measure strength just by the ability to knock out your opponent. I measure it by what you can go through and still get up every day and carry on. A person’s instinct to survive is incredibly strong. A person can get through unthinkable things but they can’t get through death.
Summer was draining and made me realise just what I would go through to hold on to the hope of seeing the people I love again. I felt like curling up in a dark room after writing her but I did enjoy the challenge.

About the Author:
My name is Natasha Preston, but most people call me Tash or Tasha. I don't mind either. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and villages out in the countryside ever since.
 My fiance, Joseph, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn't be where I am today. And this website wouldn't exist! I'm a proud mummy to an amazing little boy who is my whole world.
 At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and receptionist jobs, thinking that I couldn't really do anything else.
 In 2010 I stumbled into writing completely by accident. I was searching the 'app store' and came across Wattpad, an amateur writing site. For the first few months, I just read, but then decided to type up some of the ideas I had floating around in my head. I'm so glad I did because I absolutely love writing. 
Writing gave me an escape, and Wattpad gave me the self-confidence I lacked.
I'm having a lot of fun writing my books, so I hope you will enjoy reading them.

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  1. I imagine it would be soooo draining to write from this perspective. Loved the book!

  2. This looks SO good. I've heard that the author did a great job with the antagonist. Can't wait to check it out!


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