Hey Everyone! My name is Natalie. I have been writing since I was a little girl. I still have folders of short stories I wrote in fourth grade. And even in fourth grade I loved all things paranormal. That's right, imagine a short, skinny, dark-haired, brown-eyed girl writing about vampires, aliens, shapeshifters, and love. Yup. Love. Even in fourth grade. It's funny that now, MANY years later, I am still that girl. I'm just a taller, older version of that little girl.
I don't know about you, but I had a bucket list. And on that bucket list it said, write a book. I never actually thought I would but I wanted to. In the summer of 2011 I made that dream of mine come true, by finishing my novel, THE SHIFTED. In January of 2012, I signed my first book contract with TELL-TALE PUBLISHING. I can't even express the excitement I feel.
In July 2012, I finished book 2 of the series and signed the contract with TELL-TALE PUBLISHING again. Since then I've been on a writing whirlwind....
I currently have seven self-published children stories out and available for purchase. I've made the decision that a percentage of my proceeds on all my children stories will be donated to a charity of my choice. This way I'm not only teaching a good message, I'm showing a good message to children too.
Writing and art have been passions of mine for like f-o-r-e-v-e-r but its not the only thing I enjoy. I love hiking, camping, walking my dogs, listening to music, watching movies, baking, playing tennis, running (When my knee is being cooperative) and of course, READING.
I originally went to college to be an elementary school teacher, but then landed a daytime job that pays well and was close to home, so I stuck it out there. Since I never became a teacher, I guess that's why I got back into my writing and my art. So I could find a way to still connect with people. In Feb 2013 I was asked to be a guest speaker at a local elementary school. It was a great experience for me as a writer. And my motivation to write two of my children stories was spiked right after that date. Here is a pic of me that day.
I married my husband eight years ago and if someone was to tell me ten years ago I was going to marry him, I would have laughed and said, "Yeah. Right."
You know those moments in books and stories, where the character knows someone for a while but doesn't give them the time of day...and then all of a sudden something happens and bam, they are hit over the head and suddenly they see the person in a different light?? Well that was kinda my situation. All it took was one moment. Our eyes met and bam. It was all over from there. But of course I am stubborn so I think it took a few bams over my head. But luckily my husband was a patient guy and for that I am grateful!!
He might not be a reader but he is very supportive. And to prove it, he just bought me this really huge computer desk set and new book shelves. And even better, I got to turn my entire spare room into my very own office/reading room. (Picture me super excited!!)
I have five dogs (In order from oldest to youngest): Chance, Nova,
Loki, Rock and my newest addition, Cooper.
Two are American bull dogs, two are Belgian Malinois and the newest one is wire haired fox terrier. They are the loves of my life. Together, with them and my husband, we make a family. I don't have kids at the present time, but those pups are just as crazy, hyper, and loving. Plus I have 5 nephews and a niece I get to spoil throughout the year so I'm content.
Though I currently live in NJ, and have grown up here most of my life, I am originally from PA.
I will never forget that, and no disrespect to Jersey, but I will forever be proud of my country girl roots. I love country music. I love the mountains. I was meant to be there. But since our jobs keep us here, I make sure I visit home as frequent as I can.
I just wish it wasn't so far...
I am terrible at public speaking, I get nervous in crowded places, I often mumble, and sometimes make up my own words because I get tongue-tied. But give me a pen and a piece of paper..or a keyboard and it's like a whole new me.
I'm clumsy, often tripping over flat surfaces for no reason at all. I'm completely unobservant, often walking into walls that I claim just appeared there.
These moments are referred to as "Natalie Moments" and trust me, my friends and family get a kick out of it.
Oh and if I get embarrassed, which by the way is very easy for me, I have no problem acting like a turtle and pulling my hoodie around my face or the collar of my shirt up over it to hide my blushing face. This amuses my friends and family too.
At least people will always remember me for making them laugh, right? Lol. Oh well, I'm weird. And I'm okay with.
I'm also sarcastic and sensitive... it's kind of a oxy-moron in my eyes.
When I was in the womb, my mom wanted to call me "Natasha." My dad didn't. So they named me "Natalie." As I grew up, my mom called me "Natasha" anyway. I think she did it to piss of my dad, but she'd probably never admit it.
Now that I am married, I can see why a wife would do that. Lol.
And as you can see, I often laugh at myself :)
My grandmother taught me that smile lines are the best thing to have. They mean you had a great life.
So I'm okay with laughing. In fact, I love it.
Wrinkles, that's a different story. I'm still getting used to that. :)
Well, I don't want to bore you guys. In fact, I might have already. Sorry, if I put you to sleep. But hey, look on the bright side. At least you got a nap :)