Natali Simmonds’ feminist thriller debut, Good Girls Die Last, is out June 2023 with Headline (and has been optioned for TV by STV). As N J Simmonds she writes fantasy including the trilogy The Path Keeper, Son of Secrets, and Children of Shadows (shortlisted for the 2022 RNA Fantasy Award). She’s also one half of paranormal romance author duo, Caedis Knight. As well as being an author, Natali is a brand consultant for a number of entertainment brands, has a column in Kings College London’s Inspire The Mind magazine, and lectures for Raindance Film School. Originally from London, she now divides her time between the UK, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Natali Simmonds began her career in glossy magazines, then went on to manage marketing campaigns for big brands. In 2015 she co-founded online magazine The Glass House Girls and contributed to various online and print publications. Natali is now a creative brand consultant, freelance writer, and fiction author, writing gritty and unflinching stories full of complex women and page-turning suspense (and sometimes a little magic).
Simmonds’ dark, feminist thriller debut, Good Girls Die Last, is out June 2023 with Headline and has been optioned for a television series by STV. As N J Simmonds, Natali penned the fantasy trilogy The Path Keeper and Son of Secrets, and in 2022 was shortlisted for the RNA Fantasy Award for the last book in the series, Children of Shadows. She’s one half of paranormal romance author duo, Caedis Knight, and has also written for manga.
When she’s not writing or consulting, she has her own ‘Creativity & Balance’ column in Kings College London’s Inspire The Mind magazine, and lectures for Raindance Film School. Originally from London, Natali now divides 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.
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GOOD GIRLS DIE LAST
Good Girls Die Last offers a compelling and at times disturbing insight into the ‘so-used-to-it-you-just accept-it’ sexism that women face daily. It also explores the commodification of brutal crimes, childhood trauma, female solidarity, and friendship – with the added bonus of a thrilling ‘against the clock’ quest.
Good Girls Die Last is out 22 June with Headline (UK).
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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 Russia’s leading publishing house, AST.
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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.
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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