About Me

I’m Nirmala Nataraj, a New York–based writer and editor whose work has ranged from freelance journalism to copywriting in the advertising industry to ghostwriting memoir, coffee-table art books, and young-adult fiction.

My strengths, passions, and areas of interest include subjects as varied as the cultural effects of technology, street art, sexuality, spirituality, social justice, and the human potential movement.


I seek to capture compelling and complex subjects through an informative, engaging, human-interest perspective that draws on the innate power of storytelling.

My zeal for storytelling (empowering parables, in particular) has led me to craft a variety of books in the arena of self-help and optimal living.

I’m also a transformational book coach, and my background in counseling and coaching enables me to help new and veteran authors channel the story that wants to be told through them.

The book that started it all

(Chronicle Books)

Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond.

Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualizes its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter—from Earth's limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora's Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging volume offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.


Check out my new book, out in Fall 2017!

(Chronicle Books)

“Nirmala Nataraj returns with another gorgeous photographic tour of space, this time featuring 200 sharp photos of planets, moons, and comets in our solar system, collected from over 40 years’ worth of material housed in NASA’s archives…. The collection is a remarkable reminder of how much has been learned about the planets over the past few decades, solving many mysteries yet introducing many more.”

- Publishers Weekly

My writing and editorial clients have included:


Other things I’m up to

Learn more about my work with Tarot, personal mythmaking, and the power of archetypes:

Learn more about my coaching work, which will help you get in touch with the magical power and energy of your own desire:

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