Short & Sweet Bio
Natalie Lloyd is the New York Times Bestselling author of novels for young (and young at heart) readers. Her first novel, A Snicker of Magic, was an ALA Notable Children’s Book, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and an NPR, iBooks and Parents Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2014. Amazon named her second novel, The Key to Extraordinary, one of the best Children’s Books of 2016, and Kirkus Reviews called it “a bouquet of quirks, sweetness, whimsy and magic.”
A Note from Natalie
When I was little, I packed a lunchbox full of books, grabbed my favorite pillow, and settled into my closet for a long nap. I fell asleep confident I would wake up in Narnia. My plan never worked. (At least it hasn’t worked yet.) But I’ve always been dazzled by the power of a story. I still remember where the Judy Blume books were shelved in my elementary school library. I still tremble when I read the first line of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. And books like Anne of Green Gables and The Babysitters Club helped me find my voice, and steady my heart. I am a proud – and lifelong – booknerd. For as long as I’ve been daydreaming, reading, and making up magical tales, I’ve also hoped to be an author someday.
In college, I majored in Journalism, though classes about children’s literature and creative writing were really the ones that made my heart spin. After college, I worked in student ministry, and wrote a bit of nonfiction and freelance. But fiction remained my first love.
A few years ago, I took a road trip with my brother to see our favorite band, The Avett Brothers, in concert. As soon as the lights dimmed, and the first lick of a banjo singed the air, people started singing and dancing and smiling. It felt more like a magic show than a concert. And so, I began daydreaming about a town where music was magic. Not long after that, I imagined a dumpy old van called the Pickled Jalapeño clunkity-clunking down the street … and two sweet, sad sisters watching as it sputtered away.
A Snicker of Magic is the story of Felicity Pickle, a word-collector who sets out to break a curse and bring a forgotten magic back to a tiny Tennessee town. When I first pictured the Pickled Jalapeño in my mind, I never could have imagined where it would take me. I’m grateful that I get to spend so much time pouring my heart into stories. I especially love opportunities to tell young (and young at heart!) readers that their words are magical, marvelous things.
When I’m not writing, I love hanging out with my friends and family, reading, exploring, and listening to music. I’m the proud owner of a room full of well-loved books, a prominent southern drawl, and an adorably-feisty dog named Biscuit. Biscuit hears all of my stories first. So far, she hasn’t complained.
I still believe library cards are more precious than passports. And I believe once you are a queen in Narnia, you are always a queen in Narnia.
Interviews with Natalie
- Interview with John Schu
- Interview on Rebecca Dunn’s blog Sturdy for Common Things
- Interview on the blog Middle Grade Minded
- There’s a Lion in My Closet: A Guest Post for The Nerdy Book Club
- Interview with KidsReads.com
- Just Enough to Change Everything: An Interview with Educator Beth Shaum
- Q&A Session with Sara Grochowski at The Hiding Spot
- In the Middle: Part of a Q&A Series for Middle Grade Writers with author Heidi Shulz
- Yearbook Profile: An interview with author Virginia Boecker for the Freshman 15s Blog
- Interview with Natalie Aguirre of Literary Rambles