Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Darwin’s Children by Natasha Larry

Welcome to Author Natasha Larry.


Natasha Larry resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her daughter and fiancé. She graduated from Tusculum College with a B.A. in History and is currently working on getting her certificate in education. Apart from writing, she is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in publications such as Writing Edge magazine and Escaping Elsewhere. Darwin’s Children is her first work of novel length fiction.


What is one book everyone should read? 
The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller. I think its one of the best graphic novels of all time.

If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
Hit Girl… I think it would be pretty awesome to be the little girl in Kickass.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
I would choose to be telekinetic.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Christopher Reeve

Night owl, or early bird? 
Night owl

Skittles or M&Ms?

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
You should read Darwin’s Children because it is a fun read about a new generation of Superheroes.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
The second book in the Darwin’s Children series is currently undergoing the editing process and is set for release in September of 2011. I also have another series in the works.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I got a very touching fan letter from a seventeen year old girl that read the book and was really touched by the character of Haylee Mitchell. I obviously can’t say her name, but sadly enough she could relate to a few things that happened to Haylee, and appreciated that I took that character and gave her such an incredible ability as a result of something horrible happening to her. She told me it gave her hope and there is nothing more rewarding than that.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
Darwin’s Children by Edwin McCain. The song doesn’t actually reflect the feel of the book, but it is where I got the title and I listened to it a lot while writing the book.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Poseidon; because I love the ocean.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

What is your favorite Quote? 
“In the final analysis, it is between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway,” Mother Theresa.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Frank Miller, Stan Lee, and Chuck Palahniuk.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
I can see a little of myself in Jaycie Lerner, particularly the aspect of her that is so easily entertained.

Favorite Food? 
My mother in law’s sloppy joe’s, my Aunt Nae’s Sauce, my dad’s bar-b-que, and my Nana’s potato bake.

Favorite Candy? 

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? 
I’m really looking forward to seeing Captain America and of course, the last Harry Potter.

What was your favorite children’s book? 
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

How do you react to a bad review? 
The same way I react to a rejection letters. All novelists should expect a bad review at some point. If there is anything in a bad review that can better your writing, use it.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? 
LoL, great question. I would probably lose my power ring and costume as I seem to have a super human ability to lose almost everything that I need. So, I guess I would be my kryptonite seeing as how I can’t seem to get out of my own way.

What do you do in your free time?
Well, I own a three year old, so I spend a lot of time at the park and with Dora. I also spend a lot time reading comic books.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
Ugh, Jersey Shore. Its like watching a bad car wreck and I literally feel myself becoming a worse person for watching it, but I have watched it, and would probably do so again.

Darwin’s Children:

Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!

Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything.

As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of…

Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

Giveaway Details:
2 winners will each receive a copy of Darwin’s Children
Open to US only
Ends 10/15/11

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