I wrote and sold my first book when I was seven, in Cameroon. My mother would not give me any allowances, so I tore off the back pages of my notebook. I made up characters, drew and wrote, creating identical artisanal comic books. I glued the pages with the resin of mango trees, and sold the copies to my classmates for ten cents. The next week they came asking for more: a series was born. I however got into trouble when my mom asked why she needed to buy me a new notebook so early into the school year. Ever since, I have fallen in love with writing and followed my tribe’s–Bulu–tradition of storytelling.
I’m a contributor for:
o the MultiCultural Review, an “official publication of EMIERT, the Ethnic and MultiCultural Information Exchange Round Table of the American Library Association”
o Color Online, a blog focusing on women writers of color for adult, YA and children’s books.
o It’s Just Food, a blog started by librarian and blogger extraordinaire Edith Campbell, centered on anything food related. That project is currently on hiatus, but be entertained by the past entries.
I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Association of Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Color (ACAIC), and a student of the Institute of Children’s Literature. I’m also active on various forums, most notably Verla Kay’s Message Board.
I live in Northern California, where I study cultural anthropology and nutrition. I write children’s stories and young adult fiction; English is my third language.
o Email: nathalie.mvondo (at) yahoo.com
1- Added 02/01/2010: @ Ari, from Reading in Color! You can read all about it here. (First written interview ever) Thanks, Ari!
2- Added 05/27/2010: Support school libraries. Edi Campbell, Librarian, blogger and book reviewer, interviewed me in April for School Library Month on her blog Crazy Quilts. On her home page you will learn more about getting involved and making a difference for (our endangered) public libraries.
3- Food for thought, thoughts on food. Edi Campbell interviewed me for our blog It’s Just Food. Read about it here.
4- A shout out to award winning journalist Amy Bowllan for all her work, and especially for hosting the Writers Against Racism series. To contribute to the fight against racism, to promote children’s books as an efficient tool of progress and education, please contact Amy with your answers to the W.A.R. questions, a picture (head shot, book jacket if it applies) and a 3-sentence biography. Read my W.A.R. responses here.