Natalie Grey grew up in rural New England, surrounded by a lot of vegetables and relatively little excitement. Therefore, she was obliged to make up excitement by pretending to be a knight, mage, jet-setting international assassin, Jedi, or (occasionally) a shape-shifting dragon.
She read everything she could get her hands on, from Lord of the Rings to Modesty Blaise, and eventually started writing her own stories full of what-ifs and snarky put-downs. Now she lives with her two German Shepherd mixes in the frozen wilds of Minnesota and does a lot of inventive swearing while she shovels.
We asked the author:
What is your favorite word? Hmmm. Probably “mesmerizing.” It’s such a gorgeous word!
What is your least favorite word? Embiggen. I twitch a little every time I hear it.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Watching live music. Something about it just makes the creativity flow.
What turns you off? Running on fumes. I’m always tempted to fill up ALL of my time with work. That just doesn’t work in the long term!
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck. Standard and classic!
What sound or noise do you love? Thunder. I could listen to it all day!
What sound or noise do you hate? Loud chewing or sipping noises.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Auto mechanic. There’s something so satisfying about fixing things!
What profession would you not like to do? I vowed to myself that I would never work in food service ever again. It’s the worst kind of retail to work in, in my opinion. People are unbelievably rude when you’re the conduit to their food!
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Relax. Go sit on the beach. You can’t get sunburned and there are no mosquitoes.”