About Nicole

Nicole at the 2019 SCBWI Marvelous Midwest Conference (with a fun county fair theme). Illustrator Merrill Rainey drew this adorable caricature of her!

THE SHORT BIO:

Nicole is a middle grade writer living in the Chicago area with her husband, three kids, and two fluffy pups. She is currently on submission with her first middle grade novel, CONVENERIMUS, a contemporary fantasy about an 11-year old girl willing to do anything to hold on to her two best friends—even face down imaginary creatures come to life—but she finds that growing apart is harder to fight than any monster. Nicole is represented by Deborah Warren at East/West Literary.

 

THE LONG VERSION:

Nicole first had visions of a writing career when she won the third grade Young Authors competition at her school. She

went on to write and direct many a backyard production–making sure to cast as many of her neighborhood friends as possible so all their parents would be forced to attend, and she would have a large audience to view her achievements.

Nicole kept writing throughout high school–mostly for the literary magazine–and college, where she was an acting major but took writing classes as well. She wrote a short play that was chosen to be performed at a showcase, attended mostly by her peers and their parents. (College students’ parents are a big step up from the neighborhood kids’ parents, right?)

After college, she somehow ended up working at a software company as a business analyst, where she wrote stacks and stacks of technical documentation and lamented the loss of her creativity.

When her kids were born, she decided to stay home with them, and eventually ended up homeschooling two of the three (she learned quickly that every child is unique, and each of her three children have ended up on different schooling paths). She rediscovered her love of books and writing when she started her blog, Feed Your Fiction Addiction. And she was able to stretch her creative muscles even more when she taught acting, language arts, and writing at a large homeschool co-op for six years. When she couldn’t find plays that worked perfectly for her acting classes, she wrote them. This time she had a whole homeschool co-op’s worth of parents forced to come to her productions!

Nicole wrote her first middle grade novel while she was still teaching at the homeschool co-op, but when her middle daughter switched to public school as a freshman in high school, she began writing full-time. She’s excited to see where the writing adventure will lead her next.