Writers Conference Speaker Highlight
Natalie Cone is the wife of a handyman, the mother of two boys, a nature enthusiast, and a professional writer from Birmingham, Alabama. If she’s not blogging about the mishaps of motherhood or pecking away at her first fiction novel, she can be found in a field of flowers at springtime.
Natalie is the winner of both the 2013 AND the 2015 SELTI Short Story Contests. Her ability to capture the heart of a location allows her to create strong tourism fiction that is more than just a story in a place.
She will be sharing her expertise on how to turn the focus of a location into an income at the 2017 Mountain Valley Writers Conference.
-All about SELTI
-Why tourism fiction is challenging
-Why tourism fiction is fun
-Featuring an area’s highlights, both popular and lesser known
-Writing authentically about an area you’ve never been
-Creating authentic characters that will best allow the reader to experience the area through their eyes
More about the Speaker
My favorite book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was first introduced to the story through the film adaptation in 1993, also titled The Secret Garden. It sparked my obsession with skeleton keys and finding secret doors and hidden passages. It’s a story that marked my childhood and inspired the most magical pretend play with my little sister.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t fight it. Write it.” – Kris Cone (my husband). I repeat this in my head every time I am overthinking an aspect of my writing or am overwhelmed by my inner critic
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