January 5, 2015

Blog Tour – Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards – Guest Post

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

presented by Sourcebooks!

Too Far Gone

Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…

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Top Favs with Natalie D. Richards

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

I’m going to assume all people and creatures are out of the house, because if not I’d save the dog (Yeti) and our three hermit crabs (Princess Hermit Crab aka PHC, Jody Shelly (named after a former Columbus Blue Jacket), and Sheldon). But let’s assume they’re all safe, so I can grab:

–My baby boxes with pictures/scrapbooks, clothes, etc. (I’m counting it as one because I have three kids and three boxes is just a total cop-out answer.)

–My coffee table (my dad and husband made it for me and I love it.)

–My laptop…because….uh, my life is on there.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

Buckeye roll from a local sushi place (a combo of tuna, cream cheese, and awesome)

Starbucks peppermint mochas (because chocolate, mint, and caffeine.  Obviously.)

Panko-parmesan baked zucchini (Because this is way too tasty to be healthy, but it really is!  I probably have half a pound of chocolate on the side, but shut up!  Zucchini is totes a vegetable!)

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

  1. Change my setting. (Moving to different room, chair, etc. can jar the brain.)
  2. Start the kind of step-by-step rewards I used to resort to when I had toddlers. Things like, “If you write one more paragraph, you can fold that laundry!”  (Yes sometimes even laundry feels better than tackling whatever scene I’m struggling with.)
  3. Write something else for twenty minutes (blog post, idea for another book, even an email that needs to be sent.) Sometimes you’re stuck for a reason and you need to step back to see what that reason is.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

I’m answering this one in regard to writing – and this list changes a lot depending on the book.

Lana Del Rey – her music, vocals, and lyrics tug at my heart in ways few artists manage.

Arctic Monkeys – they get me into my boy characters better than most music.  Love this band anyway, so I don’t need much excuse. ;)

Florence & The Machine – a lot of her songs (think Howl) keep me writing on the edge—high suspense and tension.

When I’m not writing, I still like these bands, but you’d need to add in a lot more punk and alternative stuff to get a feel for what I’d listen to.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

Uh, this was tough.  Really tough – I just put three that came to me, hope that’s okay!

The coffee cup breaking at the end of Usual Suspects because it is genius.

The scene in the closet in the Breakfast Club when Bender asks “Why did you do that?”  And Claire says “Because you wouldn’t.”  I think they were my first total movie-couple crush.  I love them still.

The scene in A Christmas Story where the credits start and then the whole movie plays…because it is Christmas and that movie is brilliant in all the ways.  You’ll shoot your eye out.  Cheers!

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

Alaska.  I’ve always had a vague interest in visiting Alaska, but I’ve done some virtual visits with an amazing school in a rural Alaska town and it’s ratcheted my interest up significantly. The school is set in a breathtakingly beautiful area, and life in Alaska sounds very different.  I’m intrigued by different.  I think we should all experience as much “different” as we can in life.

Italy.  I could list off dozens of places in Italy I’d love to see.  I’m actually more interested in the smaller towns and countryside than I am in the major touristy cities like Rome and Florence.

Sweden.  We recently embarked on a genealogy study that I thought would result in nothing too interesting.  To my complete shock, my father’s family descended from the very first Swedish settlers to arrive in America and we traced our lineage into the 1500’s in Sweden.  We didn’t even know we had Swedish blood, so this was a total surprise and I’d love to visit the country to learn more.  Also, I feel I’m perfectly justified in donning some funky braids and running around claiming to be a descendent of a shield maiden now.  Because Lagertha rules!  Vikings fans know what I’m talking about! ;-)

Loved this interview so much!  Thank you hugely for having me and celebrating the launch of Gone Too Far.  YAY!




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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