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Nicole grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, where she spent most of her time scouring the tomes of such timeless literature as The Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, and anything written by Judy Blume.
In fourth grade, her mother said she would only take her to see Jurassic Park if she read the book first. Worried that all “grown-up” books would contain blocks of pages with indecipherable math equations, she began reading voraciously across all genres, just to make sure she wouldn’t have to get a Ph.D. in algorithms if she wanted to be a successful author.
After high school, Nicole convinced her parents to allow her to move to Myrtle Beach on the promise that she would become a marine biologist. Halfway through her first semester at Coastal Carolina University, she changed her major to English. During that time, she was a freelance arts and entertainment reporter for the local Sun newspaper. She also forged a successful career as a serving wench at Medieval Times.
In her four years in South Carolina, she wrote about fifteen novels, none of which will ever see the light of day.
Those were mulligans.
Nicole returned to Kansas City to get her masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas. Those classes and working in the field provided invaluable insight into the peculiar workings of the human psyche, and she began writing books worth reading.
Then a better-paying, more secure, less stressful job in insurance came along, so she quickly abandoned her ideals and switched careers yet again.
The writing continued.
Nicole currently lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with her two cats in a haunted townhouse. Nicole doesn’t believe in ghosts, so it’s not scary, but stuff turns on by itself all the time there. She spends a lot of time on the beach, reacquainting herself with the customs of the South (like saying “ambalance” instead of “ambulance” and caring about high school football), and trying to grow plants. Seriously, with the climate on the beach, she really ought to be able to grow something. She enjoys reading, being rabidly fanatic about Kansas City sports teams and constantly complaining about how terrible they are, traveling, joining rewards clubs, and yo-yo dieting.
She has never been to North Dakota.