The serious bio:
Natalie C Anderson is an American writer and international development professional based in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband. You can also sometimes find her in the mountains of North Carolina or Nairobi, Kenya. She's spent the last decade working NGOs and the UN on refugee issues around the world, mainly Africa.
Natalie has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in International Studies, African Studies and Political Science, and received her MSc from the University of Oxford in Forced Migration.
Natalie was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children's Writer-in-Residence. She is represented by Faye Bender, of The Book Group.
Her debut YA novel, CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES will be published in January, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
photo by: Oh, Karina Photography
The real deal:
I grew up quasi-feral in a lush pocket of the Appalachian Mountains. Even though I haven't lived there since I was 16, if you ask, that's home. The two main rules growing up in my house were do your homework and don't lie. Everything else was up for persuasive argument. Our home was a magnet for errant animals and at some point we became known as the people who will taxidermy road-kill if you bring them something interesting. I went to art school, was a university drop out for a while, did AmeriCorps in Seattle, finished school, did some more school, lived in Africa for a long time, was a leatherworker, a bartender and a social worker at various points. I married a very handsome and charming man. I have stamps for cool places like Djibouti and Brunei in my passport. (boo-yah! (I know, no one says boo-yah anymore. That's how old I am)) I like to play in the dirt. I like salt so much that my husband once got me a salt lick for Christmas. My favorite thing to do is probably eat food. I wrote a book. I hope you like it. ~The End~
In other news:
City of Saints and Thieves (formerly The Breaking Wheel) is going to be published by Putnam Young Readers!
Natalie was featured in the Boston Globe here and here.
She also geeked out about the new BPL Teen Central on the Library as Incubator Project