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, the band Kill Hannah

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, Glastonbury, Oxford

Want to travel to: France (Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, 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

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

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

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