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.