Unlike most people, EMILY welcomes voices in her head. She can often be found laughing and drinking lemonade with the imaginary friends who hang out in her Mental Green Room, awaiting their debut in the young adult novels brewing in her brain.
She is a graduate of Southern Utah University and holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Secondary School Counseling. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and author, she worked as a high school counselor and adored her job because teenagers are the coolest people on the planet.
She grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now resides in Cedar Hills, Utah—in the world’s most happenin’ neighborhood—with her swoony husband, Christopher, two crazy-cool boys, two squishy cats, and one rather shy bearded dragon.
An unabashed Anglophile, some of her favorite things include fresh salsa, libraries, rainy days, accents, the smell of new books, and Justin Timberlake’s vocal chords. She would like to thank whoever invented the words “luscious,” “willy-nilly,” “blather,” and “behest.”
NICOLE’S career as an author began when she and her elementary school friends decided to write a novel together. Each person wrote a chapter, then passed it to the next person. It rotated through the group a few times, but sadly—as with many great novels—it was never finished.
As an angst-y teenager, she developed an obsession with poetry. She spent many nights with her notebook and colored pens, gleaning inspiration in dark rooms bursting with incense and Celtic music, studying the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare. It didn’t take long for her to realize, however, that poetry is where writers go to die (though performing slam poetry is on her bucket list. Shhh…don’t tell!).
She attended universities (yes, that’s plural), majored in theater, and continued writing. Little did she know, she would one day make it her real career and trade her colored pens, incense sticks and dark rooms for a well-used computer, Spotify and, well…more dark rooms.
Besides writing, she loves to travel and would go pretty much anywhere—except for the deepest parts of the ocean or outer space (because no one would hear her scream). She has lived in London and Taiwan, but currently resides in Utah with her husband, Jake, two kids, a couple of middle-aged cats and a leopard gecko named Skitter.