Niki Mitchell


Niki Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Whittier, California in first grade. With a houseful of books and a local library located a few short blocks, her love of reading began at a young age. Her soft spot for animals comes from growing up with dogs, parakeets, turtles, chickens, ducks, and other critters.

Niki writes children’s books along with fantasy and historical time-travel romance. For most of her thirty-year career, she taught first-grade students. Because of her experience, she understands how children think and the skills necessary to become independent readers. Her two cats are the inspiration for the Kurious Katz’s children’s book series. Their constant mischief keeps her laughing. Married for over thirty years and a romantic at heart, she enjoys writing about strong female characters in unusual settings. When she isn’t playing with her cats, she enjoys reading, taking walks, water aerobics, photography, and traveling.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many it’s hard to narrow them down.
As a child, I adored Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. In college, Hunter Thompson, appealed to my inner rebel. Then I began reading romance. Today, some of my favorites are Laura Drake, Jill Shavis, Linda O’Johnston, Jaylee Austin, Nancy J. Farrier, Shirley Jump, Lisa Wells, Jaci Burton, Lori Wilde, and Linda Lael Miller.
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Cat and blanket
Taffy, the cat, doesn't like the brown blanket. Watch how funny he looks dragging it off the couch.


Kurious Katz and the Christmas Tree
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Licorice and Gus want to be good cats, but it’s hard—especially when their owner brings in a Christmas Tree and decorates it with toys that sparkle and dangle and twirl. Will the Kurious Katz resist temptation or allow their curiosity to win?
Kurious Katz
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Marshmallow and Taffy don’t mean to get into mischief, they’re just Kurious Katz. The bathtub calls them to jump inside. The living room becomes their own personal jungle gym. But when they jump on top of the pantry, Marshmallow topples a box of cereal on the floor and creates a crunchy mess. With their owner upset, they worry about being sent back to the pound. Will the Kurious Katz be forgiven?

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