I’m thrilled to welcome Natasha Madison to Frolic to talk about her latest must-read romance, This is Wild. It’s an emotional love story in which a professional hockey player meets a smart, sassy and beautiful realtor while trying to rebuild his life after recently becoming sober. Madison blends humor, romance and poignancy with a powerful, realistic look at addiction and delivers a deeply satisfying, and memorable happily ever after.
Interview with Natasha
Mary: Welcome to Frolic, Natasha! What was your inspiration for Viktor and Zoe’s story?
Natasha: I actually came up with the idea during a brunch lunch for my cousin. Mimosas were defiantly involved and in theory it was such a great idea. But when I started actually writing it, I realized that the story would be way more complex than just a regular love story.
Mary: Many readers associate you with laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, and while This is Wild has an abundance of funny, lighthearted moments, it’s also a very emotional story because of Viktor’s struggle with addiction. Was your writing process different for this book?
Natasha: When I start a book I usually have a couple of scenes that I have in mind, and for This Is Wild it wasn’t any different. With This Is Wild I did a lot more research on the topic. I read the 12 steps program. I read about the recovery process, I read about falling off the wagon and then the courage to pick yourself up again. It was an eye opener, and my hats go off to everyone who struggles and makes today count.
Mary: One thing I love about your books is that you’re very descriptive about your heroines’ clothes, and they always sound fabulous. They even inspire me to try and replicate an outfit. Was this a conscious choice when you started writing or is it a natural reflection of your love of fashion?
Natasha: I’m such a visual person that in order for me to write about it I have to see it. Pinterest is my best friend for making everything come to life.
Mary: You’re also known for your hockey romances, and, you are Canadian, so you obviously love the sport. How long have you been a fan and tell us your favorite team?
Natasha: So, I’m from Montreal so I have to say my favorite team is the Montreal Canadians. I mean if you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in Montreal there was no ways around it. I grew up watching it, then my son started playing it which was beyond amazing. With a family of five and we all have our teams; the Stanley Cup playoffs are very interesting in my house!
Mary: If someone has never read a romance of yours, what ones would you recommend?
Natasha: That question is like asking which of my kids I love the most. I love them all but… I do have a couple that stand out.
This Is Wild was the hardest book for me to write emotionally, and it will forever hold a piece of my heart!
Something So Right. I have to go with that because it started it all.
Tempt The Boss. I think this was my funniest book that I’ve ever written, and I don’t think I can ever recreate that.
The Love Series. They honestly are the best second-chance love stories, especially Broken Love Story.
Hollywood Playboy. It has everything I love about Hollywood — secrets and glamour!
Mary: What’s next?
Natasha: First, I have This Is Love (September 3rd), whose heroine is a beloved secondary character seen throughout the This Is and Something So series, Vivienne. It’s going to be so much fun to see her finally get her HEA. Then, I’m going back to the Tempt Series…FINALLY. Yup, you heard it here first: Tempt The Hookup is coming October 22nd.
About Tempt The Hookup:
A weekend of fun, a weekend to let go and be wild. Booze cruise that is what they called it and they were not lying. For that weekend, I was just Luca. Not Luca the one with the highest IQ, or Luca that will graduate Harvard Law first in his class. Just plain old Luca.
Attending a welcome back party for my boss’s daughter isn’t how I want to spend my Sunday. But walking in and seeing her turn and look at me knocks me on my ass. But not as much as seeing my eyes looking right back at me in the form of my son.
For five years she haunted my dreams, now she’s my next door neighbor and the mother of my child.
Only one thing left to do. I have to tempt my neighbor.
About Natasha Madison:
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
Find out more at natashamadisonauthor.com