My name is Natasha Inwood, and in a previous, pre-pandemic life, I was a software developer. When Covid hit and I was stretched thin between my demanding job and caring for my kids, I resigned from my job to homeschool full time. And though the pandemic years were full of so much fear and pain and sadness, they also allowed our family to rethink how we’d been living our lives. We slowed down, prioritized quality time together, and began to rediscover our passions.
For me, that meant breaking out the good old pen and paper and finally writing again after a break of more than a decade. To be honest, I wasn’t just rusty. I was scared!
But little by little, I’d found sources of encouragement, like Anne Lammot’s Bird by Bird and Terry Brooks’ Sometimes the Magic Works. And I finally started writing.
My first short story in over a decade (and first fantasy story ever), received an Honorable Mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. I took the little bit of encouragement from that and kept writing. My second story was published in the inaugural issue of Wyngraf.
I have more stories to write, more to submit, more to be rejected, more to (hopefully) be accepted, and a few novels up my sleeve. So, as someone who is new to taking the fiction writing life seriously, I invite you to stay and see what happens.
If you’re a writer, this page will be filled with great resources, information on markets, writing exercises, and any useful information I come across that you might benefit from as well. And I’d love to get to know you and encourage you on your journey too!
If you’re a reader and have stumbled upon my work somehow, you’ll get a great look at what goes on behind the scenes and get insight into the development of my stories and books from the ground up. You’ll hopefully get to know me a bit as well, what my interests and inspirations are and why I do what I do, and I’ll hopefully get the chance to know you too!