The Ties that Bind

Those of you who read my books are aware that I am currently working on THE TIES THAT BIND, a new book for St. Martin’s Press. As with my other books, it is set in Utah, in a fictional counterpart to my own hometown, and it features a female police detective as the heroine.

Samm is a bit of a enigma in her local community, with a troubled past and maybe just a little bit of the “axe to grind” that so many people accuse me of carrying around.

Most people come here either to make fun of Mormons, or to defend Mormonism, neither of which I am all that big on. I find much of my culture amusing, which makes a lot of people mad, but still, it is mine, and I embrace it. And reserve the right to still find my humor in it.

But the real reason I started this blog is because I write books set in Utah Mormon country. I find that writing about it helps spur the creative process, especially writing on a regular basis.

And the reason I WRITE on a regular basis on this blog, is so that I can WRITE MY BOOKS. And yet I don’t talk about them that much. Why is that? Who knows.

So I decided I am going to talk about my books more than I have been. I remember one commenter made a nasty little jab about how my blog was nothing more than an attempt to sell books, and I thought, “Um, well, yeah, I guess it IS.”

Nasty little jab turned into flat dull poke. Means nothing.

I am going to start with the songs I am listening to, that inspire my writing. So here is the Playlist for THE TIES THAT BIND.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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3 Responses to The Ties that Bind

  1. Theorris says:

    So what’s wrong with marketing one’s efforts? I thought that is what was smiled upon not only by our local Utah society, but by American society in general. I find it amusing when people get on their high horses about selling things, when they sold their souls to mindless consumerism nearly from the crib.


  2. K*tty says:

    Can hardly wait for The Ties That Bind. That is so cool to have a little soundtrack with your book. Love the song choices.


  3. My Way says:

    So looking forward to another book. If you write under another name, could you share that so I can read MORE that you write? I truly appreciate your blog as well as your books – there is humor, drama (especially in the blog 🙂 from those trying to round you up and dunk you under again and again. Also, thanks for the music. I’m an old grandma and don’t keep up much with the music scene these days – wouldn’t know how to use an I-pod if I had one. Keep writing – any book signings coming up in the Portland or Seattle area?


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