Friday, April 21, 2006
Natalie Collins Prefers Turning OFF the TV
Natalie was born in Utah, raised as a Mormon, and uses (and scrutinizes) that background as material. Her novel SISTERWIFE came out in 2003 from Zumaya Publications and her thriller WIVES AND SISTERS was published by St. Martin's Press in October 2004. Her next book, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, will be available in hardcover from St. Martin's Press in January 2007.
Natalie's Blog, Trapped By the Mormons--Living Life Behind the Zion Curtain, about her exploits living as an Ain't in a land of Saints, is considered somewhat controversial--especially by faithful Mormons.
She also has a listing of legitimate, vetted, non-fee charging agents on her site, and has interviewed and collected information from agents for the past six years.
Are you a TV watcher?
Not really. I would rather read. I do watch American Idol, House, and some of the CSI and Law and Order shows. My husband has the jimmy-fingers when it comes to the remote, and I never really get close to it, because it represents some part of his manhood I have yet to understand. So I don't ever get to control what is on, and thus I read instead. I live in a house of people who turn the television on for company. I don't get that. I'm forever turning off the televisions, and wondering just who is watching them when no one is in sight.
What's your favorite show ever?
I loved Friends. It was just such a classic, comedy ensemble set in the era I could understand and totally relate to, and yet I'm not ever so tied to a television show that I can't NOT watch it.
What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?
Tough question. Maybe the daughter in American Dreams, Meg Pryor. She was trying to be a good girl, fighting the tendency to be a bad girl, loving the "bad boys," and living with strict parents in a time that was really, really full of turmoil.
Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?
Um, I don't think so. How weird. Everyone watches SOME television, even me, though it's very, very minimal. I don't even have cable television. But I've always preferred reading. I guess I transferred that onto Allison, my main character. In Natalie-world, televisions don't exist! Growing up, my dad was a TV-aholic, but even back then he was looking for escapist fare like Andy Griffith and Lucille Ball. He wanted to think that was the kind of world we lived in. I guess there's nothing wrong with that, but I've always been more of a realist. Give me a good NYPD Blue episode and I'm in!