Natascha has over 20 years’ experience commissioning and editing picture books, novelties, young fiction and non-fiction. She has worked with ABC, Dorling Kindersley and Random House Children’s Books. She has had the privilege of working with award-winning authors and illustrators, such as Jane Clarke, Kes Gray, Garry Parsons, Lizzie Finlay and Kate Petty. In 2010, she launched Blue Elephant Storyshaping, a coaching, editing and mentoring service aimed at empowering children’s authors and illustrators to fine-tune their work pre-submission.
She is the editor of Kes Gray’s Daisy series, the author of Elephants Never Forget (1995) and Is this My Nose? (2008), winner of the Bookstart Best Book for Babies, and the Regional Advisor (Chair) of the SCBWI British Isles. Natascha has been awarded an MBE for her services to children’s book writers and illustrators, and in recognition for her work in the world of children’s literature. She is thrilled to be editing some exciting new books for Five Quills.