Yep it’s true.  I hear voices in my head. But before you lock me up or call the men in the white jackets – let me clarify.  You see that’s how I write my novels.  The characters talk and I listen.


Do they talk to me? Well not really.  They don’t go “Hey Nat this is what’s going to happen.” It’s more as if I’m sitting watching things evolve through a movie.  I refer to it as the “fly on the wall” phenomena.


You see, I can vividly hear and see everything that is happening and playing out in my books.  Then I just describe it and write it with a bit of help from my characters.


I’ll be driving down the road listening to the radio and then next thing I know I’m watching a scene play out between my characters.  The dialogue is, as if it’s happening in the car with me.


It makes me smile. It makes me laugh.  My family often see this happening and walk past shaking their head.


“Mum’s head’s in her book again!”  My kids say and walk off shaking theirs.


I’ve been caught with a sly smile on my face many times by my husband.  For the first few times he said “What?”


After a little while I had to come clean, I think he was starting to get suspicious of something that was only a figment of my imagination.


Now he just raises his eyebrows, I smile and nod and he nods as well – very knowingly.  Yep she’s up to it again.


What is totally bizarre is when the characters do something you don’t expect.  It’s a bit unnerving actually.  Take Rihanna for example.  She did something big in Finding Trust.  Something, that I just didn’t not expect.  No way. No how.  If you’ve read it – you’ll know what I mean.  If you haven’t I won’t spoil it for you.


But when she did what she did.  I kind of sat there gobsmacked.  Really – she was going to do that?  Apparently yes.  Who am I to argue?  I’m just the idiot on the keyboard!


I must say life’s never boring when you’re writing about dominant and interesting characters.  They do and say the most amazing things, regularly.


I think this experience is probably very similar to all authors.  I’m really interested to see if it still continues.  It served me well to get “Finding Trust” written and delivered.  I only hope it continues as well for all the other novels I have planned.


“Don’t fail me now – character’s!”  I cry.


Not sure what I’d do if the process changed. So I’m not going to think about that.  I’m a firm believer that if you start dwelling on the negative, you suddenly make it a reality.  I’m going to trust that the characters want their story to be told and I’m going to do my job and write it the best I can.


So having now divulged that I hear voices in my head I hope you won’t think any worse of me.  Maybe everybody does – they just don’t want to admit it?


What do the voices in your head tell you? Stop and listen – you might just be surprised.


NatalieGayle (2)




Brayden and Rihanna He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share. She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began. When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment? Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?


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4 comments to “Natalie Gayle – The Voices in My Head”

  1. Natalie Gayle
    June 24th, 2013 at 2:01 am · Link

    Hey Randi,

    Thanks so much for hosting my book blitz tour for Finding Trust. Just so you’re aware Finding Trust is currently on sale for 99c to celebrate the week and also the impending release of Finding Judgement.

    I keep checking back to see if there’s anyone around for a chat.

    Thanks again


  2. Laurie P
    June 24th, 2013 at 2:58 am · Link

    I am so glad I’m not the only one! I guess I get a look and hubby just asks “voices talking?” And Yep. And when they start talking back at you and don’t want their story told the way you want to tell, head/desk!

  3. Clare O'Beara
    June 24th, 2013 at 3:42 am · Link

    Yes they do all that! Mainly they do it overnight and then the new knowledge pops into the writer’s head next morning, or while you’re doing something banal like driving or washing dishes. So I figure I must occur in the subconscious.
    There are some writers who sit down and plan out chapter by chapter exactly what is going to happen and then sit and write it, never deviating. I’ve always though that would be so boring! The best, most real characters tell their own story and we have to go and research to get the details right.

  4. Natalie Gayle
    June 24th, 2013 at 5:42 am · Link

    Thanks Ladies,

    Now I don’t feel so weird. I totally understand your comment about planning Clare. I tried that once – lasted two chapters. the characters said – NO NO NO. That approach really appealed to my analytical side but it just didn’t work.

    I just love letting the characters tell their story as they want to.


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