Natalie grew up in a small Illinois river town and remembers walking in creeks to collect clay. She and her friends enjoyed squishing the clay into strange shapes and painting their faces with it. Years later, she majored in English at Grinnell College, and after graduation, she spent a year in France teaching English, where she became fascinated by the sculpture of Camille Claudel. In addition to writing, Natalie also works as the head of the children’s department at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL.