Some of Nicola’s favourite Music, Books & Films
Eskimo Joe Crash Portishead The Last Anniversary Snatch Massive Attack Jane Eyre Blink 182 I'm a Believer How To Go Out On A Date In Queens Sixpence None the Richer Bittersweet Friends With Benefits Weezer Wheatus Mark Ronson Vampire Weekend Finding Cassie Crazy Lady Sovereign Lupe Fiasco Roots Maneuver De La Soul Three Wishes Kate Nash Lilly Allen Anybody Out There Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire What Alice Forgot Feist Regina Spektor 500 Days of Summer Juno Feeling Sorry For Celia Stark Annonymums Alias Grace Stillwater Creek Pigs In Heaven Nineteen Minutes Becoming Bindy Mackenzie Punch Drunk Love Pulp Fiction Empire Records Clerks Reservoir Dogs 50 First Dates
All about Nicola
Nicola lives in Sydney’s north west with her husband and two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop.
Her writing was once referred to as ‘inept’ by The Melbourne Age. Luckily on that same day the Brisbane Courier Mail called her work ‘accomplished, edgy and real.’ So she stopped crying into her Weetbix, picked up a pen and continued to write. She has been fueled by a desire to prove The Age wrong ever since.
These days, she writes everything from novels to football stadium announcements to VW radio ad scripts and Home Loan EDMs to the occasional Mamamia article and the odd Real Estate advert.
Her first two novels, Free-Falling and Paper Chains were published by Random House Australia in 2012 and 2013. Free-Falling was translated into Dutch and German and was awarded the title of ‘Best Australian Debut’ from Chicklit Club. Paper Chains was later picked up for publishing in the U.S. by HarperCollins and will be released there mid 2017.
Her romance novella Captivation was released both as an e-book and in print as part of a collection of romance stories titled, All My Love. She has since concluded that romance writing is not her thing. She also wrote two travel themed short stories for the U.K. anthologies, Sunlounger, The Ultimate Beach Read and Sunlounger 2, Beach Read Bliss, put together by the fabulous Belinda Jones and published by Notting Hill Press in 2013 and 2014. Sunlounger reached #1 on the Amazon Kindle Best Seller Chart for Short Stories.
While completing a BA with a major in writing at Macquarie University, she was awarded the Fred Rush Convocation prize for creative writing / literary criticism in Australian literature. This achievement made her glow with pride and happily took some of the sting out of The Age’s aforementioned criticism.
She has four older sisters and one older brother and she lives in constant fear of being directly compared to her two wildly successful and extraordinarily talented author sisters, Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. Unless of course, the comparison is something kind, perhaps along the lines of, “Liane, Jaci and Nicola are all wonderful writers. I love all of their books equally.”
Nicola’s next novel, The Fifth Letter is due out early 2017 and is being published by HarperCollins in both Australia and the U.S. and by Penguin in the U.K. It will also be translated into German by Piper Verlag.
Other things of note are Nicola’s lack of fine motor skills, demonstrated by her inability to thread keys onto key-rings, tie balloons, braid hair and apply eyeliner. Also, she is currently on a journey with her hairdresser to becoming blond again. This is because her hairdresser has told her if she wants to keep all of her hair attached to her head, she needs to take a journey. She suspects this journey is going to be very costly.
If you have taken the time to read this far, she would very much like to send you a Freddo Frog to show her appreciation. But she probably won’t follow through, because she’ll most likely eat all the Freddo Frogs before she gets the chance to post them. Sorry, she does mean well.
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