Meet Nicole

Professional Author Academy
Instructor: Nicole Evelina

Authorial Experience

  • Four novels (historical fiction and contemporary romantic comedy) and one non-fiction book.
  • Novels have collectively won more than 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations.
  • Bachelor’s in English from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.
  • One of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.
  • Writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical and writing publications.
  • Received the silver-level award for Best New Voice from the Independent Book Publisher’s Association.
  • Owner of Lawson Gartner Publishing.
  • Successfully launched five books in print and ebook formats, as well as four in audio.
  • Experienced speaker, workshop leader and panelist at international, national, regional and local conferences and events.

Professional Experience

  • 15 years in marketing, specializing in communications planning and internal communications.
  • Winner of a platinum Hermes Award (international designation) for marketing plan, plus several regional and local communications excellence awards. 
  • Master’s in Media Communications (Public Relations) from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bachelor’s in International Business from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
  • Part of the team that helped a multi-billion dollar company through a major re-branding process.
  • Nearly 20 years of experience in web site design and maintenance.
  • More than 10 years of social media experience.