Meet Nicki

To contact Nicki, e-mail: elson.nicki@gmail.com

 Welcome to my mid-life crisis!

So what’s a girl to do when she’s raising two lovely children, working two part-time jobs and knee-deep in volunteer work?  Well, I’ll tell you what I did — I wrote a novel.  It was the last thing I had time to do, but the characters just wouldn’t leave me alone, you know?  So I thought about them wherever I went..and when I went to bed at night…and when I woke up in the morning.  In between I scratched out words on any scrap of paper I could get my hands on.  And then, when I found myself with a blessed hour or two of uninterrupted time at the computer, I typed it out, bit by bit.  And when I finally finished…some new characters had already started playing in my head, so I wrote another one, and so on and so on and so on…

My two main goals in telling a story are to:

1) Keep things real. Even when the circumstances are anything but realistic, I want the reactions of my characters to be authentic.  And my characters are flawed.  I always hope that readers will be cheering them on, but there will most definitely be points when they are screaming for my protagonists to get their heads out of their arses.  I’ve not yet met any person who always makes perfectly logical, unselfish, brilliant decisions, so I don’t see why my characters should have to.  And I love them more for their imperfections..

2) Make the reader feel. Emotions are a huge part of why I write.  I don’t want to just describe a series of events; I want the reader to experience the emotions of the characters.  I suppose this might sound rude, but the truth is, nothing makes me more happy than hearing from a reader that I made her or him cry.  But don’t worry, there’s laughter in there, too, and a whole rollercoaster of other emotions.

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Writing wasn’t something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

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