Eventually, I'll manage to write a version of this bio that I don't have to change multiple times a year.
It's funny. I used to introduce myself as, "Natalie; I'm a writer." Somewhere along the way, I turned into "Natalie; I'm a dog trainer." Don't get me wrong -- I like training dogs. They paid me to do it, too, which is more than I can say about writing. Dog training is something I always wanted to do, but it's not who I wanted to be. I wanted to be Natalie, Author. This is my attempt at claiming that title legitimately.
I've been beating my head against the same plot, Only Child, for several years now. I'm taking a hiatus from working on it, in hopes that new material will help me remember that I wasn't always married to Only Child. I'm in the "We should see other people" stage of writing it -- I've forgotten what it was like to be "single," without the security of a plot I know intimately. I'm trying to shake off my paralysis and release my death-grip on that plot. It's going slowly, but I think I'm making progress.
My writing time is limited due to my two beloved australian shepherds, Coda and Haven, who steal all of my time and most of my soul. I've never met such needy dogs in my life (and I wouldn't have it any other way).
- Concord, NC
- Reading, knitting, cooking, religious studies, dogs, dog training (specifically positive-reinforcement training with showy tricks), dragons (Pernese), the urban homesteading movement, learning new skills, drawing and bickering with intelligent people.
- Favorite noveling music:
- Depends on the novel. The Empty People's Pandora station is based on a lot of VNV Nation and various mournful, drifting songs. Only Child's Pandora station is based on Rise Against and Three Days' Grace.
- Favorite books or authors:
- Robin Hobb, Marion Zimmer Bradley, George R R Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Octavia Butler, Brandon Sanderson.