Natavia, now 27, started writing when she was just a teenager. It wasn’t until three years ago she decided to quit her 9-5 and focus on writing full time.
At age 26, she started writing romance mixed with urban fiction and by the end of that year, she’d made $100,000. She knew that from then on she was destined for success because she stepped out and followed her dreams.
Here Natavia gives us some insight on how she continues to be one of the bestselling authors today.
BC: What motivates you?
Natavia: My son. He’s who I look forward to making happy and working hard to give him a great life.
BC: How do you generate new ideas?
Natavia: I generate ideas from events that occurs in my life. Anything that is like a trial to me, I take it as a lesson and move on.
BC: Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur/author?
Natavia: Writing in different genres is one of the steps to becoming a successful author because you reach a bigger audience and can gain more exposure. Also, consistency with your work helps a lot.
BC: Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Natavia: My mother. She’s encouraged and inspired me to embark on the journey that I am on now.
BC: To what do you most attribute your success?
Natavia: My readers because they always anticipate my next book release.
BC: What would you say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
BC: In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
Natavia: Self-sufficient .
BC: What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Natavia: Gave up my full time job and cut back on my social life to spend more time writing. My friends thought I couldn’t do some of the things that they were doing just because I was an author. But I knew at the time that sacrifice would be well worth it. And it has been. I now live in a suburban area, I can take and pick my son up from school, we can travel and all of our needs and wants are met.
BC: What three pieces of advice would you give to young women who want to become entrepreneurs?
- You have to be dedicated to whatever it is that you want to do. Long hours, long days, long nights and lonely nights (not hanging out). You have to work at entrepreneurship more than you do a 9-5.
- You also have to have a vision of your craft. You have to know where you want to be, what you want to do and set small goals for yourself in order to obtain bigger goals.
- 3. Inspiring yourself plays a big part of being an entrepreneur because nobody wants it more than you do. Sometimes you’ll be the only one in your own corner, or the only one that’s cheering you on. Continue to motivate and encourage yourself.
BC: If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Natavia: I would’ve started my career earlier. I didn’t know my fans were looking for those characters I created in my books. I wanted to create the image of a plus size woman in my books so not only I could relate, but also my plus size readers.
BC: How many hours do you work a day on average?
Natavia: Six-hours or more. It just depends on the kind of project I’m currently working on. The bigger the project , the more hours I put in.
BC: What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
Natavia: My biggest fear is losing interest in writing. I manage it by creating new story lines and new plots. My paranormal is a big help because the imagination is what keep me interested in writing.
BC: How do you define success?
Natavia: When your work is appreciated by those that you did not even know knew you existed. It’s exciting to complete a book and have your readers read it all in one day and then tell you they want another one.
BC: What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
Natavia: To have the same mind set and drive you started out with.
BC: What habits helped make you successful?
Natavia: Perfection with being consistent with everything I do. Also I developed the mentality that no matter how challenging the task was I could do it.
BC: What mindsets helped make your success?
Natavia: My vivid imagination. Being a creative person allows you to expand beyond your own imagination.
BC: What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?
Natavia: Relaxation and spending time with my family, especially my son.
BC: What is the best advice you received recently, and that you still follow?
Natavia: It’s hard to please everyone but that doesn’t mean that you are not good at what you do. I learned to be a “me” pleaser instead of a “people” pleaser. I learned this and have been soaring ever since.
Natavia currently has her own publishing company where she is offering opportunities to other authors under Natavia Presents.