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, winning Book of the Year at the 2016 Chanticleer Author’s Conference
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:
- Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
- Juliet by Anne Fortier
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
- Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
- The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill
- The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
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.