Nat Petrohelos


Nat has always worked with words – serious, adult words like significant and profound. She was in charge of those words and she told them how to behave, firstly as a Journalist and later as an English teacher. She had forgotten about the words that flew her to magical places as a child reader. She had forgotten about the words that danced in her mouth when she read a poem. Luckily, when she became a mother, she found them again in the pages of picture books and discovered her passion in the playfulness of words.

It is this sense of playfulness she hopes to capture in her writing, along with a dose of humour and most of all, heart.

Nat has won a number of writing competitions and had some short stories published in anthologies, e-books and online writing sites. She hopes to share her picture books and chapter books one day too. She is currently working on a magical realism novel for 9-12 year olds.

Nat is a member of the NSW Writer’s Centre, the Hunter Writer’s Centre and the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She is a volunteer at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival and a member of a critique group who meet monthly. She has a presence as an emerging author with Creative Kids Tales and has short stories due to be published in an anthology this year. Nat subscribes to industry magazines and follows many authors, booksellers and publishers on social media.

When Nat is not reading or writing she is singing in an acapella group, daydreaming under her Japanese maple tree or chasing her children around the house. Her favourite words change with her mood – right now they’re gruntled and effervescent.