Natalie C. Anderson is a writer and international development professional living in Boston, Massachusetts, but you can also often find her in Kenya and the mountains of North Carolina. She has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the UN on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer in Residence, where she wrote City of Saints and Thieves. She collects hobbies, ceramic birds, cats, and the odd religious icon.
Her debut novel, CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES (GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, January 10, 2017) is a Young Adult Contemporary Novel. After Tina’s mother is murdered she takes care of herself the only way an orphaned refugee can in unforgiving Sangui City – by becoming a thief. And as a thief she can finally get what she wants: revenge.
The two or three things she needs in order to write: coffee, tall glass of water, stink eye for anyone who interrupts my quiet.
The literary character she’d most like to meet: Matilda. I bet she’s doing some insane stuff now that she’s an adult.
Her hobbies when not reading/writing: Getting outside! leatherworking. I also really like yard work. I’ll mow your lawn for free.
Favorite Muppet and why: Kermit. He was my first crush. *blush*
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: Ran away and joined an art school.
If she could travel anywhere in the world, where she would go: Ooh – that’s hard. I’ve traveled a lot, but getting to see all of Burma, no restrictions on movement, would be top of my list.
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