Natalie Buske Thomas, author of the Serena Wilcox series, is also an artist and entertainer. She is best known for her oil painting “Savannah Reading in the Butterfly Garden” and the Serena Wilcox Dystopian Trilogy that began with Angels Mark. Angels Mark hit Amazon’s bestselling list shortly after its debut in 2011. It was followed by Covert Coffee, an ALLI author pick in 2012. New release Bluebird Flown is the final book of the trilogy. The Serena Wilcox series will depart into a new trilogy in 2014.
Natalie lives near Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband and three children. She likes container gardening, photographing weather and nature, and gourmet cooking. “Life’s short–do what you like” is her motto.
Natalie was a dance student and teacher for over twenty years. She has also directed community theater and has performed as a vocalist. She is working on her first CD.
Natalie attended Purdue University and was a journalist for the college paper. After her first year of college she lived in Germany for three years, where she taught dance arts through the military family entertainment branch. When she returned to the United States she graduated from Ball State University with a degree in German. She has taught German as an independent teacher throughout the years.
In addition to the Serena Wilcox series, Natalie has penned The Miracle Dulcimer (a music method book), Fred Born Gifted, and juvenile book, The Magic Camera, with plans for a children’s poetry and art book.
And now from the author herself:
I write suspenseful, futuristic, political thrillers that are hard-hitting, dystopian, and humorous. The books have plots that twist, twist and twist again, but the series is really all about the characters. Serena Wilcox and her crew have become real to readers, and real to me personally. Some of the characters are based on people I know, and their involvement in the series has grown to the point that I seem to be collecting people who want to be “in” the book.
And why stop at people? I held a Serena Wilcox Mysteries pet contest to find which pet “has what it takes to be in a mystery novel”. The winner was decided by popular vote. I couldn’t bear for only one beautiful animal to win, so I expanded the contest to include second and third place winners. Writing the pets into the series was a joyful experience.
Besides animals, the newest Serena Wilcox thriller Bluebird Flown also has celebrity guest appearances. I met Eric Dittelman, finalist in last season’s America’s Got Talent, after his show in River Falls, Wisconsin. He was game to be included in the book as himself. Another celebrity, radio host Bob Krejcarek, volunteered himself to be a character while interviewing me live on the air! I held him to it and his fictional role turned out to be much bigger than I expected.
Having been a dance teacher and theater director, I was used to working with large groups of people, juggling multiple projects, and conquering stage fright on a regular basis. When I fictionalize real people that I know, and involve them in the book, my series becomes more alive. I have never enjoyed solos as much as I enjoy working with a cast and crew.
To maintain excitement the Serena Wilcox series is bundled into trilogies. When one trilogy ends, the series departs into a new direction. My first three books were so short that they are now sold as a collection of short-stories. My second set of three is the dystopian trilogy that began with my break-through novel Angels Mark. The final book of the dystopian trilogy, Bluebird Flown, is my new release:
“Bluebird Flown, the final book in the Serena Wilcox Dystopian Trilogy, goes even deeper into the madness of futuristic America; corrupt, heavy with conspiracies– chillingly close to tomorrow’s headlines. President Ann Kinji trusts no one, except for government outsider, former private detective mother-of-three Serena Wilcox and her motley crew of vigilantes, burned agents & the criminally insane. As the United States continues to spiral out of control, can Serena stop all of the traitors before they kill the President? As the layers of betrayal are peeled, will anyone remain standing?
Covert Coffee’s dystopian, eerie, and intense vibe continues! What began in Angels Mark and escalated in Covert Coffee is revealed in Bluebird Flown.”
I’m currently working on book one in the third Serena Wilcox trilogy, Project Scarecrow.
You can find more about Natalie and her writing via…
- Her website: www.NatalieBuskeThomas.com.
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