If you see me on the bus there is a good chance I won’t see you. I’ll be in Natalie-world. I go there a lot... during my long walks in the hills, in the line-up at the supermarket, and in particularly boring meetings at work.
Natalie-world can be funny, futuristic, magical or horrific. Often it is all of these things. I don’t control Natalie-world, I just sit back and watch. When I watch it often enough I’ll end up putting it down on paper. This is how my stories are born.
As most writers will probably attest, when you are steeped in stories all the time you can never be afraid of ‘alone time’ because you are never alone. Between work, family, house maintenance and friends I’m lucky if I get ten hours a week to write. I’d easily spend three times as long visiting my imaginary worlds, falling in love, in hate and indifference with a bunch of people (or creatures) who have never existed.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As for me, I’ve spent my life collecting experiences, which is possibly why I have had more careers than most people have jobs (yes, I really have done everything from air traffic control to zoology). After 15 years of living in Melbourne, I’ve recently returned to Adelaide where I could get a house and raise a cat of my own. I am a member of Adelaide’s Hiro’s Ink writers group, to whom I am indebted. I feel like my writing gets better after every meeting. I also still hover at the edges of my Melbourne writers group, SuperNova. Those guys taught me more about writing than any university course ever could have. Thank you.
I don’t claim to be a great writer, you won’t be highlighting my ‘beautiful’ sentences and writing them in your diary, but I do hope to scare you, or make you cry, or make you laugh, but most importantly, to make you think. My work is all about the story and my journey is about learning the skills to paint the picture in the best way possible.
I’m getting closer to my 10,000 hours of writing, and I hope that is reflected in my work. How I get my stories hasn’t changed over the many years I’ve been trying to write them. So if you see me, just be aware that I might be off with some flesh eating marsupials, or were-possums or a flying obsidian dog. Approach with caution.
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