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Colleen Nicol has packed a lot of living into her 59 years. She’s been a waitress, receptionist, retail clerk, real estate sales agent, entrepreneur, volunteer and, most recently, an in-home senior care companion. For the past 13 years, she has been employed by a highly regarded provider of non-medical care, assistance and companionship to the elderly. Nicol was the company’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver of the Year in 1997. Her formal education includes work toward an associate of arts degree from Honolulu Community College. She and co-author husband, Brian, married for 39 years, have two sons, Kevin, 25, and Daniel, 23.
Brian Nicol’s writing, editing and publishing career spans more than 30 years, most of them in Hawaii, Oregon and Nebraska. He was editor of Honolulu Magazine, the city and regional magazine of Hawaii, from 1982 until 1990. For a little more than two years, he was editorial director of Aster Publishing Corp. in Eugene, Oregon. Most recently, he was CEO of Home & Away Publishing, a AAA-owned media company that produces travel magazines with combined circulation of more than 5.5 million. Over the years, Nicol has been honored with numerous writing, editing and publishing awards. His book projects include work for Time-Life Books and Alouette Verlag of Germany. In his “spare” time, he writes screenplays; several of his scripts have won national awards.