Natasha Duncan-Drake – Author
Pseudonyms: Tasha D-Drake, Tasha Duncan
Natasha is a British author with Wittegen Press and has been publishing genre fiction since 2011. Her work includes everything from horror to young adult fantasy and she has never met a genre she didn’t like. A prolific producer of short stories and novels alike, Natasha currently has over twenty five titles in her back catalogue with further releases always imminent.
Natasha has been writing since she was a young girl ever since she read The Hobbit at Primary School. She is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror in all their forms and is a big advocate of fanfiction as a great tool for writers to polish their skills in a welcoming and supportive community.
Before establishing Wittegen Press with her twin sister, Sophie Duncan, Natasha was a database and systems consultant. She combines these skills with her writing to create and manage her career in the bold new eBook market.
Scroll down to see the most recent posts from Tasha’s Personal Blog and she is also a contributor to the Wittegen Press Blog. Both have free fiction, information about books, reviews of books and films and lots more.
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Tasha’s Latest Personal Blog Posts
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Youtube Journey Part 2
Adobe After Effects & InDesign
My Crash Course
- I didn't just want to film me reading things. I want part of each vid to be live action, but I remember the Disney page turning format very fondly and wanted something along those lines for the stories. Also helps with accessibility.
- I wanted a short little logo animation to segue from live action to the story.
Endeavour 1 - My Page Turning Book
- Stage 1 - Follow Tutorial Exactly
- Stage 2 - Tutorial pages turn backwards for some reason, so figure out how to make them turn forwards.
- Stage 3 - Figure out how to create page content.
First Idea - Photoshop:
- Create a base template
- Place text
- format text
- Rinse and repeat
Next Idea - InDesign
- We can import a preformatted Word Doc and it will automatically paginate for us.
- We can export all pages as images.
Third Thought - Plain White Pages are Boring
The End Result
- Page content
- Book style
- Page turning interval
- Format the story to be animated in Word with the correct size font (I have to play with these anyway to get them ready for reading, so it's only a tiny little step more).
- Set up an InDesign layout with the background of choice depending on story content.
- Import Word file into InDesign.
- Add any extra formatting.
- Export pages to PNG
- Import into After Effects project and set pages to have the correct content.
- Use recording to set page turn intervals.
- Add pretty background behind the book to please YouTube's algorithm.
Endeavour 2 - My Animated Logo
Free Fiction Friday
The Cop, The Vampire, and National Security by Natasha Duncan-Drake
This Month's Story
Josh is back at The Manor, but is he safe? There is still the magic bound inside him to deal with and there is the question of where his uncle's dark witch disappeared to and what she will do next. Danger still looms.
- Story narration
- Novel excerpt narration
- Book trailers and other Wittegen Press news vids
- The about section
- A plan of attack so I can get the content prepared.