Enter Talia, a worldly woman raised in a lively, embracing community of Ukrainian immigrants. A chance meeting with a Lutheran pastor, Charlie surprisingly takes them down the aisle. Talia has always been the big-city individualist – Charlie is a small-town guy raised on a dairy farm. Talia has an unfettered spirit and personality – Charlie has been called to serve a Lutheran congregation in a small, conservative and very Scandinavian community.
Born and educated as an entertainer, Peterson’s stories of humor, tragedy and everything in-between will captivate readers with behind-the-scenes insights of expectation and discovery, both in Talia’s personal life and in her role as The Pastor’s Wife. Though “all the world’s a stage and men and women merely players,” Natalia Peterson compellingly unveils that at some point, we must all take off our costumes and embrace our authentic selves.
Ms. Peterson's career includes experience in many areas of the creative arts. She is a singer and songwriter, a stage and commercial actress, playwright, and fine arts educator. Ms. Peterson has written two full stage productions in Minnesota. A Surrender to Love starred Ms. Peterson and was performed at the acclaimed History Theater in St. Paul, and Once Upon a Time was written and produced for the Twin Cities-based Youth Performance Company. Ms. Peterson has also created two full-length studio albums: Completely Me, a musical for children, and A Spirit's Fire, a compilation of original spiritual songs. She also wrote, performed, and produced Talespinner's, a children's storytelling production that toured the United States.
Ms. Peterson has also enjoyed work as a musical director and conductor throughout Minnesota for many professional, community and scholastic organizations.
In November 2013, Ms. Peterson published her first literary work; I’m Not The Pastor’s Wife (I’m just married to him). The book is a charming memoir of quirky observations and candid stories that show us what it takes to find the strength to live an authentic life.
When not working, Natalia is a mental health speaker and advocate. She loves to travel, and enjoys spending time in other countries, attempting to communicate in languages she does not know.