Hi, I’m Natalie, an original Valley Girl (like, totally) who loves football, movies, cooking, playing poker, and, of course, writing. I have been penning stories and poetry since I was seven when I used to staple paper together and craft and illustrate my own books. Over the years my writing style has accommodated whatever period in life I was experiencing, thus giving me a rather large repertoire with which to showcase my work. Recently I have been rather humor-driven to keep me out of the nuthouse and if you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else, for sure, will.
I have two useless degrees (MSCJ and BS) in criminal justice/homeland security/criminal behavior/criminalistics. I have worked in jails, was a process server, ran a few eBay stores, and was an adult basic education/GED instructor to prison inmates, as well as their writing group sponsor. Throughout all of this, I have written.
While historically, primarily an academic writer and researcher, I have written numerous articles on a variety of subjects which have been published in various print and online media. In 2011, I self-published my first novella, Trophy Hunter (which has since been retired because, quite honestly, I’m not a big fan of it as I wrote it during a particularly low point in my life.)
My most recent endeavors have led me down a more poetry-driven path thanks to the wonderful writing community that is Prose, as well as into the unique realm of micropoetry and the ubiquity of these short poems on Twitter. Hence, I have shared several of my pieces in cyberspace and have been surprisingly pleased with their reception and the positive feedback I have received. Ergo, I have published seven poetry collections over the past 18 months as well as The Downfall of American Corrections that deals with the problems of prison privatization, mandatory minimum sentencing, and the failure of the US corrections system to adequately rehabilitate offenders.
I currently reside in Nevada and am a freelance writer/blogger, Only In Your State staff writer, constitutionalist, insomniac, and all-around smart alec.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please contact me if you’d like more information, or just want to chat.
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