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“I write because the stories are there, inside me, pushing their way out until I have no choice but to write them down.”

Author of young adult fantasy novels

Writing Skin of the Sea

An overwhelming urge to write a fantasy story not widely seen

My favourite book

African- inspired fantasy with themes of power, magic and strength

Why I write

Creating stories where all children see themselves in books

Natasha Bowen in conversation with Trish Cooke

Talking about Natasha’s transformation from teacher to writer of young adult fantasy fiction


Natasha Bowen is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years.

Her debut book, Skin Of The Sea, was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history and was published by Penguin in November 2021. The sequel, Soul of the Deep, will be published in September 2022.