About

HorizontalI’m an American award-winning author who writes under the pen name Nicole Evelina. My specialties are historical fiction and contemporary romantic comedies that might be romance or women’s fiction.

My debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, has won two gold medals and several other awards. It’s sequel, Camelot’s Queen, was awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion. My contemporary romantic comedy, Been Searching for You, won the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award for Romance, well as several others. My most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

My writing has also appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications.

I am one of only six authors who studied with #1 New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness at Hedgebrook as part of a Master Class in historical creative writing at Hedgebrook in Washington state. I spent 15 years researching Arthurian legend, Celtic Britain and the various peoples, cultures and religious practices that shaped the country after the withdrawal of Rome. I’ve even traveled to England twice to visit some of the places in my Guinevere trilogy. Along the way, I’ve consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

I’m President-elect and self-publishing liaison for the Romance Writers of America (RWA)’s Missouri chapter. I’m also a proud member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, as well as a member of the Historical Writers of AmericaRomance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s GuildWomen Writing the WestAlliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

When I’m not writing, you can find me reading, playing with my spoiled twin Burmese cats or in my day job as an internal communications (PR) manager. But that just pays the bills. To my core, I am a writer, and with a little bit of luck, someday soon I’ll be able to call myself a full-time novelist.