Born, bred and educated in Brighton, Natalie moved to Hull, East Yorkshire in 1991 after graduating from Coventry University. So now she’s been a Northerner for longer than she’s been a Southerner, but loves revisiting old haunts on the south coast when seeing family and friends.
After a varied career in business, she took a break of 10 years while raising three children. When the youngest started school, she trained as a Teaching Assistant and has worked in various secondary and primary schools across the East Riding of Yorkshire since.
After spending years reading to her own children, Natalie had the idea of writing a children’s book. Her first novel, Michiko and the Match Girls for middle grade readers, tells the story of a time-travelling Japanese girl who becomes involved with the Match Girls’ Strike of 1888. This was self-published in 2013 and has received great feedback.
More recently Natalie went back to ‘school’ and in 2015 successfully completed a MA in creative writing at Hull University. She is now a foundation member of the Golden Egg Academy and is working on her third novel.