Natalie began writing at the tender age of 16 months. Her first short story, "SLjofaoaoas Uh" was published when she was only two years old. It became an international bestseller, eventually being optioned by a large Hollywood production company. In 1984, it came to the big screen, renamed Amadeus.
After the success of the short story and the film, Natalie wrote several more best sellers. Then, in 1996, she branched into song writing. Her first produced song was a success when sung by Bone Thugs 'N Harmony. The song was "Crossroads."
Natalie then entered her blue period and almost completely ceased creative production during her college years. 2002 saw the end of her blue period and the emergence of her pink period. Pink the singer, that is. She was the ghost writer for several of the artist's classic hits. After a fallout between the writer and the pop star, Natalie journeyed into a quieter lifestyle, writing scientific journal articles about cloning, evolution and fungi.
Now coming back to her roots, Natalie hopes to break into the Regency romance market. She plans an extensive research trip, through the use of the time machine she just invented.
Okay, okay, okay. If you made it through all that without thinking less of Natalie and still want to know the truth, here it is --
Natalie received her undergraduate degree in English (the best subject ever) from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. While there, she was able to further the love of Jane Austen that she first developed when watching Emma Thompson's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and reading her sister's copy of Pride and Prejudice. Through the tutelage of Dr. JoAlyson Parker (www.sju.edu/academics/cas/english/faculty/parker.html), Natalie was able to experience ALL of Jane's works, though she admits to disliking Persuasion and really liking Northanger Abbey.
It was during this time that Natalie also picked up the Regency anthology, A Christmas Holiday. This was Natalie's first taste of "contemporary" Regency romance. Natalie recommends this book to anyone, especially the story "Sheer Sorcery" by Elizabeth Thornton (www.elizabeththornton.com).
Having loved the romance fiction genre since age sixteen when she stole A Substitute Husband (www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/margaret-callaghan/) from the desk at work, Natalie enrolled in the Writing Popular Fiction Master's program at Seton Hill University (www.setonhill.edu/academics/fiction/index.cfm). There she met (and continues to meet) many wonderful writers and people (see the Links page for more info), including her husband, Matt. However, Natalie didn't write Regency at the time. She wrote a terrible contemporary romcom entitled O'Feurstein's Education.
Skip several years. Natalie picked up or was gifted books by Eloisa James (www.eloisajames.com) and Victoria Alexander (http://www.eclectics.com/victoria/). She re-fell in love with the Regency era (and I guess the Georgian, too) and browsed the local Walden/Borders for more. Alas, she found Julia Quinn (www.juliaquinn.com). JQ rapidly became Natalie's favorite author (top books are The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and The Duke and I).
Thus, Natalie decided to write one of her own. That's how Hazardous was born (check out WIP page).
Natalie lives in a big old house (circa 1900 -- so not as old as the Regency) in a charming little town in Central PA. She enjoys walking as much as possible, unless it's cold out. She is married with cats (three of them -- Albert, Chun Lee and Eliot). Her real job (the one that pays the bills) involves teaching 11th grade English (British lit!). In what free time is left, she trains in Krav Maga (www.kravmaga.com) and Isshinryu Karate (www.oikka.com). Oh, she and her hubby operate The Write Way (www.thewriteway.org).