Natali Juste Simmonds (N J Simmonds) is the author of fantasy trilogy The Path Keeper, Son of Secrets, and Children of Shadows (shortlisted for the 2022 RNA Fantasy Award). She’s one half of paranormal romance author duo, Caedis Knight, and along with fantasy she also writes dark, feminist thrillers. As well as being an author, Natali mentors other writers and lectures for Raindance Film School, universities, schools and online. Originally from London, she now splits her time between the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.
Natali Juste Simmonds began her career in glossy magazines, then went on to manage marketing campaigns for big brands before becoming a freelance writer and fiction author (as N J Simmonds).
In 2015 she co-founded online magazine The Glass House Girls and has since contributed to various online and print publications, and in 2022 she was shortlisted for the RNA Fantasy Award for the last book of her trilogy, Children of Shadows. She’s one half of paranormal romance author duo, Caedis Knight, and along with her fantasy books she has also written for manga and is now focussing on thrillers. Her stories are gritty and unflinching, full of complex women and page-turning suspense (and sometimes a little magic). When she’s not writing, Natali mentors other creatives and lectures for Raindance Film School, universities, schools and online.
Originally from London, Natali now splits her time between Spain, the UK, and the Netherlands where she can be found drawing, reading in her hammock, or complaining about cycling in the rain. N J Simmonds is available for speaking engagements, interviews, writing workshops/retreats and appearances.
Books & Manga
THE INDIGO CHRONICLES
N J Simmonds’ debut The Path Keeper was first published by Accent Press in the UK (2017) before rights were moved to US publisher BHC Press who relaunched the series worldwide in May 2019. The sequel Son of Secrets was released in May 2020, and the final book in the series, Children of Shadows July 2021. Children of Shadows was shortlisted for an RNA Fantasy award in 2022.
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N J Simmonds’ debut Manga story OUT OF THE DARKNESS first released in the June 2020 edition of Big Bang! Manga – the #1 English language manga magazine. The gritty urban series runs over twelve chapters and is set in inner city London.
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N J Simmonds, along with fantasy author Jacqueline Silvester, writes paranormal romance under the pen name Caedis Knight. BLOOD WEB CHRONICLES is their first independently published series, launched Oct 2020. Described as ‘addictive, sexy and wickedly funny’ it’s a cross between True Blood and Veronica Mars, comprising six books and three novellas.
In January 2021 book 1 Vampires of Moscow was sold to Ruassia’s leading publishing house, AST.
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