Born in Calgary, Alberta under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains,
Natalie has always had a vivid imagination. As an only child she entertained
herself by creating dangerous adventures for her Barbies. They traversed
mysterious deserts, conquered the high seas, and rode valiant steeds across
windswept moors. And always, there was romance.
When Natalie grew to an age where playing with dolls was no
longer so cool, she turned to writing. Since then she’s written everything from
Harry Potter FanFiction to Regency romance. Nowadays she focuses her attention
on medieval romance, with its strong Alpha heroes and beautiful, witty
Natalie is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. She is a graduate of
Mount Royal University with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in
European history. She now lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband, their daughter, and their dog, Powell. She was a reader for Inklings Literary Agency.
If you’d like to contact Natalie, you can email her at
nataliexmurphy [at] gmail [dot] com -- Don't forget the "x" in there! =)
--Natalie has a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. She even has one framed on her desk for luck.
--She adores cucumbers and would eat them with every meal if she could (this also includes pickles).
--Natalie also loves strawberries, and will drink anything that includes the delicious fruit.
--She wrote and queried her first novel at the age of twenty.
--Her favorite color is emerald green. As a university graduation present, her parents bought her a beautiful emerald necklace. It's so pretty that she has nothing to wear with it, but she has been known to pull it out and stare at it like some lovelorn pirate eyeing his treasure.
--She graduated high school at seventeen and spent her entire first semester of college underage (much to the amusement of her friends and roommates). In Alberta, her home province, the drinking age is eighteen.
--She played the alto saxophone for seven years in school, though her talents are a bit rusty now. She's passable at the clarinet, and she's been known to dabble with a piano (though it probably sounds like she's smashing in the keys repeatedly).
--She loathes musicals with a passion. She does, however, like Grease, Moulin Rouge, Enchanted, and Disney movies. She also loves Pitch Perfect, although it's not really a musical.
--She has had many types of animals, including lizards, rabbits, birds, and hamsters. She's also had cats and dogs (her personal favorite).
--She was a member of Scouts Canada for twelve years. In the USA it's called "Boy Scouts of America" but in Canada both boys and girls are allowed to join. As well, instead of "Girl Scouts" Canada has "Girl Guides." The two are connected, but they aren't the same thing.
--As a member of Scouts Canada, she traveled to Jamaica for the 13th Annual Caribbean Jamboree in 2006. There she met her husband, who was a member of the American contingent. After dating for six years through the end of high school and all through university, they were married in August 2012.
--She's been all over North America, but she's only left the continent once (to travel to Jamaica). She really wants to explore Europe, especially England, Ireland, and Scotland. --Her wonderful critique partner, Jena Lang, has given her the nickname of Grammar Goddess.