The first book of the trilogy
A wild ride through the 70’s and 80’s, this family saga is told through the eyes of a child who can gather no moss during her nomadic upbringing. Full of high times and holy rollers, her absurd journey has her bouncing between Southern California and South Carolina — several times — as she’s shipped back and forth from drug & drama-filled chaos on the one coast, to a pistol-packing Pentecostal great-grandmother on the other. From a family that’s part rock, a little country gravy, and almost 100% crazy, is it any wonder she’s a “Natural Disaster” in the making?
At times tragic and hilarious, this undeniably American tale is an irreverent dramedy that deals with a wide array of dysfunctions.

Full of salty language – INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.


Print Edition


Alyson McKellar

From the Very First Sentence…Grabs the Reader

From the very first sentence, Harmonie A Hillwest’s “The Making of a Natural Disaster” grabs the reader and drags him along on one girl’s ludicrous trek through childhood. An underdog kid, Harmonie’s upbringing is littered with landmines. One cannot help but pull for the scrappy little rock-and-roll ragamuffin. Brave and precocious, Harmonie faces everything life throws at her with a wisdom and resolve beyond her years. At times, this narrative will make the reader as uncomfortable as a naked-at-school dream, and at times, want to shake his fist at the dysfunction of it all. This book is relatable despite its outlandishness and entertaining through and through.

Frances Freelin

A Fantastic Book! I Read it Quickly. 

A fantastic book! I read it quickly, I really couldn’t put it down. It’s an amazing coming of age story! A really captivating and lovely story. Can’t wait for the next book!

Philip J Fox
An Engaging Tale, Beautifully Told!
In this, the first installment of a three-part saga, the author takes us from her earliest childhood on a mind-blowing odyssey back and forth across the country with her rock musician parents, from the tradition-bound backwoods of the Carolinas to the glitzy movie star haunts of southern California. Along the way, we meet a host of memorable characters and improbable situations, all wonderfully recounted in a breezy conversational tone. By story’s end, my only question was: How did she ever survive long enough to get to book two? Recommended!
Mallory Quiggle
Read this book in one sitting, literally could not put it down. Takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. This memoir contains something for everyone to relate to. LOVED IT
S. Sadler
Conclusion: I like the book. I recommend it.
I got the book locally but wanted to share my thoughts with Amazon since that is the easiest way to get the book.I ended up reading it straight through, so, suffice to say it held my interest.
I’m interested in what happens next in the trilogy. I am the type of person who “consumes” then has to ponder. I’m never quite sure whether I liked a movie or book, etc. until I’ve had time to think about it. Conclusion on the book is that I like it. I don’t like a lot of what happens, such as the violence and cruelty but the journey was interesting and had a realistic resolution. (I won’t comment on specifics of the ending for those who like to get there on their own.) I asked myself exactly why I enjoyed the book. Of course the music industry behind-the-scenes setting is interesting in a sort of Postcards from the Edge way, but I found myself comparing it to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The setting is more of a background, the action happens in the child’s journey and her own perception of what is happening around her. In both books there are uncomfortable things happening to a child, but these things are presented realistically not gratuitously. Both authors have a strong connection to literature and art (music) as an escape. Both have moments of fun with their otherwise challenging father figures that have a road trip feel and both even end up in Mexico for awhile and are changed by the experience. Both have some bad luck and some seriously bad timing with pregnancy. Both survive and look to the future with perhaps only themselves to depend on. (Of course there are major differences, not the lease of which being topics of race and Harmonie’s declaration that this book is purely a work of fiction…) I also recently read On The Road for the first time, so that road trip book is on my mind. Of course, I was surprised to discover what a hard time Kerouac’s character had on the road vs the support system he had available at “home”. Sort of a masochistic sense of personal adventure, I guess. I found some of that in ‘Natural Disaster. I like the style choices such as the thematic family names, especially Smoke’s family and their predisposition for pyromania. The characters are developed enough to avoid caricature and allow for empathy with some pretty narcissistic and mentally abusive characters. I ended up wanting to know more about each of the characters. I assume more back stories may be in the coming 2 books…
Thanks Harmonie for some interesting characters to think about.
Amazon Customer
Must Read!

Great read! This tragically, hilarious tale of Harmonie and her dysfunctional southern family with roots in the SC Grand Strand will have you stuck reading it all in one sitting. This book has everything from laughing out loud moments to moments that will have you in the feels. Anxiously awaiting book 2!


Kindle Customer
This Book is Raw

This book is raw, {candid}, wide open, thought-provoking and completely honest! I could not stop reading it once I started! It reflects so many aspects of a child’s life that many have faced at one point or another growing up…..only this one is all rolled into one. I couldn’t put it down once I started and now I need to have the next one to read!


Amazon Customer
I Just Couldn’t Put it Down

A book that I read in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down a well-told story with interesting twists and circumstances. A must read