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Natalie Rodriguez Books You Shouldn’t Miss

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About the Author

Natalie Rodriguez is an award-winning director, screenwriter, author, mental advocate, anti-violence/trauma advocate, and founder of Extraordinary Pictures, a production company which focuses on films, television, digital series, and social issue projects that tackles diversity, mental health, and recovery.

Her first directorial feature short films, The Extraordinary Ordinary and Howard Original were screened at various film festivals. The Extraordinary Ordinary, an independent drama, won Best Film About Women's Empowerment at the Glendale International Film Festival. It also won Best Performance by a leading actor, and had a sold-out premiere screening at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. Howard Original, a comedy-drama satire, was awarded Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Form at the Culver City Film Festival.

Before Natalie founded Extraordinary Pictures, she was an intern at the Conan O'Brien show and worked at Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures where she had the opportunity to work in the offices of producers, Matthew Rhodes, and Academy Award-winner, Cathy Schulman.

Natalie spends most of her time writing books and watching horror films in-between productions. She has published Elephant during the pandemic, which is the first book to her young adult thriller book series of the same title. Skeletons, the second book to the Elephant series was published the following year, and just recently, she published a book adaptation of her film, The Extraordinary Ordinary.

On her downtime, she listens to a few podcasts including Conan, Talk Scary to me, and Vulnerable with Christy Carlson Romano. She's always on the lookout for new spooky, horror movies and shows.

Currently, she's preparing for a feature film that she wrote and will be directing. It’s called, Inner Child, and Natalie hopes to start shooting the film by the end of this year.

Here are books I’ve read by Natalie Rodriguez that you absolutely shouldn’t miss:

1. The Extraordinary Ordinary

Published on May 6, 2022

Published on May 6, 2022

Erica is a young photography student who suffers from panic attacks as a result of her bad experiences back in high school. She moves across the country from New York to Southern California, hoping for a fresh start. She also aims to finish a photography project from high school to achieve a sense of closure and finally move on from her traumatic experience in the past.

As a new girl in California, she meets Bianca and Alex and becomes friends with them. Just like Erica, Bianca and Alex also have a painful history of their own. This made Erica realize that she's not the only one struggling with anxiety and depression. Soon, the three college students learn that the road to recovery is possible for anyone if they work together in overcoming their mental struggles.

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The Extraordinary Ordinary book is also available for a free read on Booksirens and Booksprout.

You can also rent or own the film version of The Extraordinary Ordinary. The film is streaming on multiple platforms, including Amazon Prime, Roku, Tubi, and more. Also stay tuned for Natalie’s upcoming television concept show, ‘Young Dario,’ which is narrated by Julio Macias, star of ‘On My Block.’

2. Skeletons: The Elephant Series Book 2

Published on February 26, 2021

Published on February 26, 2021

Following the first book, Elephant, Matty Smith, a teenage boy suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, awakens from his coma, only to realize that his worst nightmare is all true. Jamie and Derek have gone missing, and Matty discovers the truth about his father and grandfather's death. He’s also stuck in the hospital with no visitation rights from his loved ones. With the help of Lisa, he escapes from the hospital, but will Matty survive the harsh reality that he’s about to face?

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3. Elephant

Published on June 12, 2020

Published on June 12, 2020

Matty Smith is a timid teenage boy who went through inexplicable experiences. Incapable of remembering the tragedy that happened to his family has left him mentally unstable. Then, a strange accident leaves him hospitalized. When he comes home from the hospital, he is faced with a continuous series of events, as well as endless attacks of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The only people who know the truth are his grandmother and three childhood best friends. As the secrets only grow more profound and complex, he searches for answers and in the process, Matt and his friends learn about love, forgiveness, and fate.

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