Born in South Carolina, Natasha has lived in NYC, Boston, DC, Tokyo, and Singapore, and has spent 15 years working in North and South Asia. She writes women of color characters who are reflective of the female journey.
“A strong female protagonist reminds us of our strength and feeds our courage. But I like a bit of reality intertwined in their personalities. It’s great that they can kick butt, but they’ve got to have some substance to them, you know… a bit of vulnerability. I try to write characters’ whose choices are far from clearcut, and then I try to make them live with the decisions they’ve made, especially the bad ones. Sure they often have fantastical abilities, but their struggles and their desire for love and belonging are as real as the person reading about them.”
Natasha draws on her experience traveling and living as an expatriate for more than 18 years to create characters who are universal. “They may be Latin, Singaporean, Thai or Black American, but at their core, they are you, they are me.”
She has worked at multinational organizations and investment banks in the areas of HR and Project Management. “The pay sucks in comparison, but nothing is more gratifying than sitting in front of my laptop and weaving together a tale of suffering and triumph.”
Natasha earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Lehigh University. She lives with her amazing husband, their “chalk-and-cheese” two daughters, and their pup, Saachi in a hamlet in the countryside of England.