I asked the questions that matter of Natasja Hellenthal! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/QUARTERLING-Lesbian-Young-Adult-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B07FF5RH15
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Now to my favorite part–the questions!
Welcome, Natasja! What’s your favorite word?
That’s tricky as I love language and there are so many beautiful words in the English language. For me that is usually the case with “What is your favourite… questions”. But if I would have to choose from my favourite words such as transcendent, luminous, sentience, avocet (a bird-species), lucid, eloquent, succulent, diverse, beyond, amalgamate, avertable, and fragrance for example, I would choose the word ‘beyond’. To me that word not only speaks to the imagination, but also invites everyone to visualise what lies past their normal sense of reality, vision, or daily life. I have chosen the name BeyondBookCovers for my book cover design business for that very reason, but also as I like people to know that I will go the extra mile for their book cover!
An eloquent answer! What is your real-life superpower?
I am fascinated by superpowers, love superhero movies and series, and have always wanted to write a novel featuring a unique superhero. So, that is what I did with ‘Quarterling’. It’s a one of a kind, never before written story if I can say so. Its main character, Fay Comyenti, is not only an alien, lesbian, and has superpowers no one has ever written about (she’s besides an empath able to acquire the powers of vertebrates), the people she saves are not humans, but non-human animals. But to stick to the question, I’m a bit of an empath and HSP’er (highly sensitive person) myself. It means I not only have oversensitive senses to the point it often gets too much for me (think sound, smell, bright lights etc), I can sense other people’s emotions and read their feelings really easily, not just their facial expressions or body language. Sometimes I’m not sure if that is a superpower as such as it does have a side effect as I can get overwhelmed by these emotions and can get really drained by people, especially those with a negative atmosphere. I have created the comyenti species to write about my own experiences as I think I needed an outlet, but also to feel at home in my own stories, with my own kind so to speak! And yes, they even have the same weakness as I have. No one can be all super all the time!
It is a superpower, I believe! What superpower would you like to have for a day?
If it’s only for a day, I would choose something that would possibly have a long-lasting effect such as make certain people, or groups of people, disappear from the surface of the Earth! It’s not really nice of me, I know, but then again this is something that will never happen anyway, so yes, if I could have any superpower I would choose that one! I am sure more people think this, but would be afraid to say it out loud. Or, if I could magically change people and turn them all into compassionate, loving people with a conscience instead of making them disappear, that would perhaps be a better, kinder one!
Always use your superpowers for good! What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
That could also be a superpower! If you were a road sign, what would you say?
“40 and sexy”
Love it! What’s the meaning of life?
I believe in always becoming a better person than who we were yesterday. To be willing to improve. Change is not a bad thing. To not focus so much on possessions, money and petty things. That is all fleeting. Life is a miracle, cherish it, don’t take it for granted as it can end any time. Look at the grand scale of things, and bigger picture, and the beauty in everything. It is feelings and love that stays, and memories, life lessons, not things. To stop just focusing on oneself, but to be there for each other, to have an open mind, open heart, and show compassion for all life. To learn from our mistakes and to move on. To not hold grudges, to forgive, to share, and to love.
Very well-said, Natasja! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
“Do not weep at my grave for I am not here anymore. My legacy is in my art. Go to: insert link to books”
A kind message and book promotion all in one! Thank you, Natasja, for answering my important questions! Rev up your superpowers and support Natasja on social media, then join us here next Friday for a new important author!
Happy reading! 🙂