about nik

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Books have always been Nikki’s best friends. As early as age three, she’d learned to read and began to recognize when a part of her favorite bedtime tale had been skipped over and said, “That’s not how the story goes, Mom!” The day she was finally old enough to ride her bike to the neighborhood library by herself and camp out in the kids’ reading area is still one of her fondest memories. In grade school, she’d begun creating her own stories; a few even made it to print format of sorts when she stapled together pages of construction paper and filled them with her words and whimsical illustrations. By the time she graduated high school, she’d spend her free time writing a little bit on this story and a little bit on that other story, but never really getting close to finishing anything.

It took a few years of stopping and starting on various projects (such as The Cousins of Kilcavan, an eight-book series where the stories are interwoven with those of the characters from another nine-book series, Clan Kitteridge, all taking place in the same fictional Texas town she created) and a visit with her aunt to clarify a better path. So she filed away everything she’d started in a “save for later” directory and followed the advice from a how-to article. She took an event in her own life and asked, “What if…?”

That question became the basis for The Great Boyfriend Experiment, a novel she classifies as “chick lit” and has been working on here and there since 2006. Other ideas for novels  she has in various stages of development include a plethora of romances, a science-fiction series mashing up the X-Men and Star Trek, plus The Aurelius Heir (formerly known as Shifters), a fantasy novel about shape-shifters. Her NaNoWriMo project for 2018 is Take A Chance, the first book in a series about five Texas Hill Country siblings. In addition to her works-in-progress, she has one completed novel in the early editing stages, her fantasy novel The Curse of Camelot. She swears she’ll finish editing Camelot in the near future, so stay tuned.

Nikki currently lives in Texas with a 2009 Bullitt Mustang named Finnegan and a close circle of writer friends who keep her inspired.

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12 thoughts on “about nik”

  1. Thanks, Terry. Good to meet you too while inventing Story Friday insanity. :) Good luck for you too, if you’re participating!

  2. Today’s the big day, have you already started your story? Keep me up to date on how things are going, I may follow in your footsteps next year for NaNo.

  3. I am about to start writing…if only my external hard drive would disconnect so I can move to the comfortable chair! You can track my progress here, or at my official profile on the NaNoWriMo site. This is my second year and I accomplished what I set out to do then, and I’m hoping to do the same again this year. Thanks for all the support! ~Nikki

  4. Thanks – I just saw your post. It’ll give me something to post this month, seeing as how my writing plan has not worked out quite like I thought…

  5. That’s why I like the blog awards. It’s a good way to connect with people AND it gives you easy content when you’re running low on inspiration.

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