My name is Natasha Bajema. I am a fiction writer, a national security expert, and a professor.  While working full-time for the National Defense University, I am launching my career as a fiction writer. For more personal information, please see my about author and gallery sections.

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Bionic Bug: A Mystery Novel

Bionic Bug Hardcover BookIn September 2016, I began an experiment to crowdsource fiction and started a novel titled Bionic Bug that spawned an entire series. I’m now focused on developing the Lara Kingsley Series, which is a series of mystery novels set in Washington, D.C. ten years from today that uniquely blends elements of mystery, techno-thriller, and speculative fiction. WARNING: This is not your grandmother’s mystery novel.

You can now order an ebook version of Bionic Bug at Kobo if you click here.


Book Launch Party

Cocktail Party

I’m hosting a book launch party at Wicked Bloom in Washington D.C. on April 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. Chapter 1 of Bionic Bug actually takes place at this bar, and I’m so thrilled that Wicked Bloom is hosting this party. I plan to have book copies on hand for purchase and signing. All are welcome!


Bionic Bug PodcastBIONIC BUG podast art

In April, I’m launching the Bionic Bug Podcast where fiction meets reality… in the future. Join me as I discuss the latest news about emerging technology, read chapters from Bionic Bug, and explore the real-life technologies featured in my novel. Listen to episodes here.


Kickstarter Campaign

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On February 18, I launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the series and offer a unique interactive experience. During the editing process for my second book in the Lara Kingsley Series, backers will help me choose character names, settings, and character arcs. Backers will also be able send immediate feedback on draft scenes. That’s right, my backers will get to help shape the adventure.

The campaign concluded successfully on March 18 with 48 backers and $2467 funds raised. I’ve kicked off the crowdsourcing effort in my Lara Kingsley Facebook Group with a small group of super fans. They are helping me come up with ideas for Project Gecko.


Nuclear Spin Cycle Blog

In April 2016, I announced to the world that I am a fiction writer. For my muse, I draw inspiration from my day job working as a senior research fellow and professor at the National Defense University. In recent posts, I have been reflecting on what it takes to be a writer in A Writer’s Life, A Modern Writer’s Journey and Too Many Fish in the Sea. I’ve summarized my writing goals for this year in 2017: A Bug’s Eye View.

In my blog, you can read more about my journey from a national security expert to a fiction writer and get updates on where I’m heading next as an author.


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.