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Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction and non-fiction writer whose six books have collectively won more than 30 awards, including three Book of the Year designations. Her fiction tells the stories of strong women from history and today, with a focus on biographical historical fiction, while her non-fiction focuses on women’s history, especially sharing the stories of unknown or little-known figures.
Her most recent novel, MISTRESS OF LEGEND, completes the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy (which also includes Daughter of Destiny and Camelot’s Queen) by chronicling Guinevere’s life leading up to and beyond the fall of Camelot. She does not live out her days in a convent in this version. Mistress of Legend has already been short-listed for the Chaucer Award in early historical fiction.
Her 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, won the 2017 North Street Book Prize, and took home Silver for Best New Voice from the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards, in addition to winning gold in five additional competitions.
Its sequel, CAMELOT’S QUEEN, was named Fiction Book of the Year by Author’s Circle and Best Second Book by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, took first place in the myth/legend category of the Ozma Awards for fantasy, and was a finalist for four other awards, including the fantasy category of the Midwest Book Awards, where it took second to its prequel, Daughter of Destiny.
BEEN SEARCHING FOR YOU, Nicole’s contemporary romantic comedy, was named a Novel of Excellence by Author’s Circle, won the romance category of the Midwest Book Awards and took Silver in romance category of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards, in addition to winning four additional romance competitions and being named a finalist in two more.
MADAME PRESIDENTESS, a work of historical fiction about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, was awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion and was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.
Nicole’s debut work of non-fiction is THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: GUINEVERE IN ARTHURIAN LEGEND, a work of literary criticism that traces the evolution of the character of Guinevere in Arthurian legend from her Celtic roots to the present day. It was named Non-fiction Book of the Year by Author’s Circle and won gold and silver medals for non-fiction at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Nicole is currently researching the history of feminism in the United States for an upcoming book, as well as researching her next historical fiction novel and drafting a biography of early 20th century mystic Marie Rose Ferron.
Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at local, national and international writing and historical conferences.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for Historical Novel Society, and member of Novelists, Inc., BIO (Biographers International Organization); Romance Writers of America (PAN), Romantic Novelists Association, Missouri Writers Guild, St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, Independent Book Publishers Association, and the International Arthurian Society – North American Branch.