Published Again

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my creative work has been published again! My short story, Oubliette, an investigation into identity and integration set in a French chateau, will appear in Issue 14 of the Stonecoast Review. This one’s especially nice, as the Stonecoast Review is judged blind. So even …

My First Front Cover

I’m thrilled to share my first front cover. The next short story from my bonkers imagination, Phrenology, originally written for a writing violence MFA workshop, has been published as the cover story in Volume 6, Issue 1 of the The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. Check out the absolutely …

Emerging Voices in Fiction

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected as one of Oyster River Pages’ Emerging Voices in Fiction for their fourth annual issue (Issue 4.1). My short story, Fish Out of Water, can be found September 2020 issue of Oyster River Pages, a literary journal that publishes voices that speak …

Podcasts on Publishing

It’s proven a little tricky to find podcasts on publishing – not podcasts about the writing process, or book reviews, but podcasts on the publishing industry itself. As a baby writer, I was always curious about the industry. I remember going on a school trip to what in my head …

Finding a Literary Agent

Finding a literary agent is every debut novelist’s Holy Grail. Literary agents are your in into the fiercely competitive publishing world. They know people. They know editors who can propel your book into the literary stratosphere. After 6 weeks of intensive querying followed by multiple offers of representation, I’m thrilled …

#amquerying

Two years ago, I thought I had finished my novel. Boy, how wrong I was. One ginormous life move across the pond later, I found myself attending a local writing group in my New Jersey town, eager to maintain the momentum I had built from the marvellous West London Writers’ …

MFA in Creative Writing

I’m thrilled to officially announce that I’ve been accepted on to an MFA in Creative Writing. It’s been some time since I finished my first draft of a novel, and editing the thing has been quite the process. It’s required structure, discipline and that thing that writers crave but never …

Finished my first draft…now what?

I can’t believe this day has actually come but I’ve finally finished the first draft of my first ever novel. It’s messy, unrefined and illogical, but there’s a beginning, middle and end in there somewhere…yep, it’s definitely a story, a story that has been bubbling away inside of me for …

Writer’s block is a thing

Writer’s block is a thing and anybody who tells you otherwise is just lying. There are days when I get these joyous moments of creativity and the words just sort of ‘happen’ on the page. Looking back on what I’ve written, it’s like a stranger’s writing. And there are other …

Welcome to Natalie Harris-Spencer.com

Welcome to natalieharrisspencer.com, the new home for everything that used to be Natalie R Harris! Seriously, it’s an administrative nightmare changing one’s name, and even more so when you have lots of social profiles and accounts, all with slightly different versions of your name. I debated long and hard about …