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After a successful career in stage and film acting, Natalie Bates turned to writing in 1988 and saw her first novel, Friend Of The Family published by Athenaeum, to excellent reviews in the US and Europe. Besides her various fiction projects, since then she has authored or edited several non-fiction books, including the Nautilus Award-winning collection of Daisaku Ikeda’s essays, For the Sake of Peace, five children’s books including, The ABC’s of Buddhism (Middle Way Press), and a ghostwritten biography of a television celebrity, Don’t Look Back We’re Not Going That Way. Teaching workshops privately and for institutions such as the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University, she has assisted several aspiring authors to publish their own stories and novels . In addition, she has written several one- and two-act plays including These Things Happen, The Hannukah Game, Miracle on I-84, The Best of Friends, Always, and Overnight.