Friday, March 13, 2015

where i'm going. where i've been.

Hello, Beedles! 

Biscuit and I are popping in to answer a few questions we've been getting lately. I mean, the most frequently question I get asked is probably: "Welcome to Starbucks! What can I get started for you?" 

But lately, I've met some sweet readers who've asked fun book-questions. And I thought it might be fun to answer them on ye olde blog! 

1. Are you writing a sequel to A Snicker of Magic
Not yet. 

… But know Felicity and Jonah have many more adventures. While there’s no sequel in the works yet, there is a distinct possibility you’ll see more stories featuring Felicity & the folks in Midnight Gulch. Maybe sooner than you think. Stay tuned. ; ) 

2. What will your next book be about? 
My next novel comes out in 2016. It’s a middle grade novel called THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY. It is about: 

A brave girl. 
A quiet boy. 
A singing ghost. 
Buried treasure. 
And hot chocolate … 

I just sent the book to copyedits, so it's going to start becoming book-shaped very soon. I can't believe it's already that far along. And I'm so grateful and excited I got to go through this process again. I'll get to share more fun details with you later this year, including the cover. Gilbert Ford is illustrating the cover again, and it's gorgeous. I can’t wait for you to see it! 

3. Do you do school visits? 
Yes! I try to book them as far in advance as possible so I can stay on top of my writing deadlines. If you're a teacher or librarian and interested in booking a visit, contact or just go the Scholastic website and fill out the form about author visits. 

I also do virtual visits (Skype, etc.) with classes and book clubs who've read the book (or experienced it as a read-aloud). Virtual visits are a fun 20 minute time of Q&A. And they’re free. And sometimes Biscuit shows up. :) 

4. Will you be at any events this year? 
Since I don't have a book out this year, I probably won’t be doing many events. But I’ll update the website with more info if I do. I’m very excited to be doing an event in Chattanooga on May 9th. I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place with several awesome authors. I hope you’ll come hang out with us! 

5. How tall are you?
I thought this would be fun to answer here because people really do ask me this question a lot, a lot. On my last adventure, a random guy in the airport inquired about my height. I'm not self-conscious about my shortness, and I don't mind answering. But people have always seemed so surprised by the fact that I'm small. I’m 4’11”. Barely. 

6. Where have you been?!?! 
In the past year, I’ve kind of disappeared from blog world. I post pretty often on my Facebook page:

And I tweet lots of pictures of Biscuit:


The website is a work in progress, but it's cool to see it come together. Soon I'll be adding a longer FAQ section that will be especially helpful for readers looking for info for book talks and homework. 

And I’m going to make an effort to churn out some quick (fun) blog posts again.

Which brings me back to where I've been. 

In the past year ... I've been writing. I wrote back when I was blogging frequently, too. But now there are different responsibilities that come along with writing. I enjoy all of it, and I’m super grateful for this season I’m in. I still can't believe I get to write books! And I can't believe people take the time to read them! I just don't seem to have as much creative energy left for quirky blog posts as I did. But I have been writing. 

And here’s where else I’ve been: 

I’ve been snuggling Biscuit. 
I’ve been reading. 
I’ve been spending lots of time with my family. 

I’ve been star-gazing,
and exploring. 

I’ve been listening to records on rainy days,
having impromptu dance parties in the living room, 
and meeting my friends for pancakes at the Cracker Barrel. 
(My goodness, I do dig those pecan pancakes.) 
(But I love my friends more.)  

I’ve had some sweet days lately. And I hope you’re having lots of sweet days too. 

What’s new with you? 


  1. I've missed seeing you around here! :) But I'm so incredibly excited for your next sounds amazing. And yay for another Gilbert Ford cover!

  2. I miss seeing you around here too. I loved reading your posts. I am so excited for your new book, though! I can't wait to hear more about it. Oh, and the website is awesome. :)

    xoxo, Messy

  3. Yay! A new post from Natalie! This made me grin as soon as I saw it. :) For the record, you are 4 feet 11 inches of awesomeness! (Still kind of in shock that I actually got to meet you. Sorry I can't seem to shut up about it, but I may never get over it. :) So glad you've had so many sweet moments in the last year. Here's to many more to come! Meanwhile, I'll get back to reading/blogging/happy fangirling over authors/books and the like. :)

  4. Goodness, your posts always make me smile! You are living the dream, chica! I love to hear that you've been writing. And pecan pancakes sound phenomenal. Keep up the awesomeness!

  5. I just read "A Snicker of Magic" over the past week, gave it to my 7-year-old son when I'd finished, and he read it in a day. His one question when he'd finished? "Is there another one?" So I'm super excited to hear there might be! I'll let him know when he wakes up :-)

    Also, he's taken to saying "spindiddly." So have I. Thanks for writing this awesome book!

    1. Hello there! Thank you SO MUCH for this kind comment! :) First, let your son know that I think he's spinddiddly. Second, there's no sequel for Snicker (yet), but I have a few short stories from Midnight Gulch that should be online later this year. My next novel will be out in February of 2016 as well. Even though it has all new characters, I think it has the same fun and magical tone.

      Thank you guys so much for reading!! I don't know if you're on Facebook, but I post updates more frequently over there about what's coming next:

    2. You're most welcome! We'll keep an eye out for the new Midnight Gulch stories :-) I showed my son your comment, and he grinned and giggled and said, "Spindiddly!"

      I found and followed your FB page this morning! And reviewed your book here on my own blog, if you want to read more nice things about it :-)

  6. I'm an elementary media specialist from Georgia, and I read your book last year when it caught my eye on the book fair. I absolutely loved it! Our Reading Bowl students are reading it this year because it is one of the books on the Georgia Children's Book Award nominee list. Last year we had our first Skype visit with Chris Grabenstein since his book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, was on the Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee list for last year and it was one of our Reading Bowl books. The students loved the Skype visit. I know they would enjoy a Skype visit with you. We meet every Monday after school from 2:30 to 3:30 and then we will have an afterschool party on a Friday in either late November or early December. Please let me know if it would be possible to schedule a Skype visit with you sometime this year. I tried emailing Scholastic about the author visit, but I received a form response that sent me to their website. On the website, your name wasn't listed on the Skype visit list. Thanks!!

    1. Hello Sheri! I'm so sorry for the delay (and sorry you had to dig a little bit to contact me!). We can absolutely schedule a Skype visit! I would love to meet your readers! Will you email me at nat.lloyd (at) And we'll work out the particulars! Thank you so much for your kind words! :)