Nicole spent her childhood in Skokie, IL. When she wasn't chasing her older brother, she and the kids-next-door would commence in the honored pasttime of playing pretend.
Together they would explore the wilderness, save princesess, and plot in a great stone castle. This is the adult equivalent of traipsing through the flowerbed, coercing an unlucky little boy into a dress, and stealing bedsheets to wall off a bunkbed.
These adventures would eventually lead her to immortalize them in print, though if asked what made her put ink to paper, she'd say, "I thought it was a good idea at the time."
She would emerge from this battlefield victorious many years later, leaving a pile of crumpled paper corpses by the wastebacket.
Now she calls herself an Author, determined to prove that a good pen is far mightier than some dinky sword