Fun Facts about Nicole

Burgdorf Nichole Headshot Full sizeAbout Me

Pen Name: Nicole Evelina
Why I picked it: Nicole is my real first name and Evelina is a variation of my mom’s name. It’s Celtic name meaning “bright.”
Why a pen name: My real last name is impossible to spell, remember or pronounce.

Hobbies: Being an armchair historian, Pinterest, travel, cooking, writing book reviews, playing with my cats, seeing plays, ballet and live music. Someday my eccentric rich lady hobby will be miniatures.

Addictions: Prosecco, Pinterest, makeup, costume jewelry, books

Favorite experiences: June 2013 Arthurian Legend tour of England, March 2014 week-long writing retreat at Hedgebrook, studying creative writing with #1 New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness.

Favorite books: I’m a firm believer that to be a great writer, you first have to be an avid reader. I estimate that I’ve probably read several thousand books in my 30+ years on this planet. A few of my favorites are:

Favorite cities: Chicago, London, Glastonbury

Want to travel to: Oxford, France (Paris, Brittany and Champagne), Tuscany

Want to write: I have Pinterest boards and plans for about 20 more books.

Where my inspiration comes from: The muses. I’m convinced my characters pick me. Sometimes I also get inspired by music or my very cinematic dreams.

Real-life muses: Rachelle Lefevre, Joseph Morgan, Ashley Clements, Nadine Lewington, Clémence Poésy, Lea Seydoux, Ashley Clements

What I would be doing if I wasn’t writing: Well, I’d be crazy, for one. My day job is writing in public relations, but my alternate career would be as a makeup artist or a historian.

Awards: Listed here

Memberships: The Historical Novel Society
Sirens (a group supporting women in fantasy writing)
St. Louis Writer’s Guild
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Romance Writers of America
Women Writing the West
Historical Writers of America
Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror)
Alliance of Independent Authors
Independent Book Publishers Association

What else do you want to know? Leave me a comment and I’ll add my answer in here.


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