1. What’s your least favorite thing about writing?

Doesn’t everyone say writer’s block? Writer’s Block. Or the moment when your stomach collapses in on itself because you’ve been writing for twelve hours straight without blinking. Actually, I love that part of writing. So yeah, writer’s block.

  1. Which author would you like to have a drink with (Dead or alive. Them, not you).


  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

Favorite authors that I don’t know personally: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, and Roald Dahl. Favorite authors that I do know personally: the neighborhood kids who play outside my window and have more gruesome, eleventh-hour plot twists in their stories than Game of Thrones.

  1. What about your discipline (fiction, poetry, etc) do you wish you were better at?

 I wish I were better at transforming commas into periods, and I wish I were better at finishing stories. I want neither sentences nor stories to ever end.

  1. What did you enjoy the most about the Writers & Woods writing retreat this year?

Oh, the luxurious Hot Springs for sure. (Just kidding.) The people, the fire, the boxed wine, the ah hoc poetry reading. The relaxed, supportive atmosphere as a whole.

Bonus question: Desert Island Disks: you’re stranded on a desert island, all you can take is one item of clothing (which is all you’d ever get to wear), one condiment (which is all you’d be able to eat beyond what you found on the island), and one issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine (look it up): what, of each would you take?

One item of clothing: tactical jumpsuit. One condiment: Cholula hot sauce. One issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine: October 2009 The Magic of Fall.


Thank you, Natalie! We enjoyed the boxed wine too.

All of our wonderful August readers attended our very first writing retreat back in March, and we are excited to announce that we are doing on again in December! Click here to check out the details, and apply if you’re interested. Come out next week, Tuesday, August 8th at 7 pm to hear more about the retreat, hear Natalie and our other readers share their words, and of course indulge in some summery treats at Charmingtons.

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