I’m Natali and I write thrillers as Natali Simmonds, fantasy and manga as N J Simmonds, and co-write paranormal romance as Caedis Knight. In 2022 I signed with my wonderful agent, Amanda Preston at LBA, and my debut thriller, Good Girls Die Last, is out with Headline in June 2023.
Being an author is all I’ve ever wanted to be. At the age of 5 I used to sit with my dad while he drew me pictures and I’d write stories to go with them. Now, whatever the genre, my books are gritty and unflinching, full of complex women and page-turning suspense.
Originally from North London with Spanish parentage, I’ve lived all over the world including Australia, Spain and the Netherlands. That’s probably why my characters never keep still – and why London features so heavily in my work.
When I’m not writing books I’m a freelance writer and consultant. As part of my business, Rebel Storytelling & Consulting, I lecture at schools and business events, as well as The University of The Hague and London’s Raindance Film School.
In 2015 I co-founded online magazine The Glass House Girls, and I also write articles for various publications including The Independent, King’s College London’s Inspire The Mind magazine, and Jericho Writers.
I live with my family between Spain and The Netherlands, but my heart will always remain in those wondrous, grimy, magical streets of London.