February 23, 2013

Writer Wrangler: Nicki Elson

Today we have the super sweet Nicki Elson joining the Crazy Stupid Love fun to share with us what her New Adult phase was like.

What I have in common with Three Daves' main character, Jen, is that the first stage of my New Adulthood happened on a mid-sized college campus in Central Illinois: Eastern Illinois University, to be exact. Go Panthers! I don't know if I'll ever be able to look back upon those days without sighing. It was just such a unique brand of freedom---from the watchful eyes of parents and also from all the responsibility that comes with Mid Adulthood. I was definitely a party girl in college, but I was also a good student, so probably the most valuable skill I learned at university was how to balance fun and work

The other big thing I share with Jen's New Adult phase is that I entered college in firm possession of my V-card...and left without it. Though I didn't go about losing it the same way Jen did. She was much more clever. My own deflowering story is rather dull (and don't worry, I'm not going to tell it here) but all the lead-up to it---how far to go and who to go there with---was pretty fun. So many boys, so little time. *sigh* See! Told you I couldn't do it without sighing.

Writing wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves creative writing time into her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

Nicki writes with two goals in mind: #1 to keep the characters realistic, even when their circumstances are anything but, and #2 to make the reader feel. Her other published works include short stories “Sway” (available as a single), “I Don’t Do Valentine’s Day” (part of A Valentine Anthology), and “Impressionism 101” (included in the debut issue of Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desire). Her upcoming novel Divine Temptation, a romantic novel of angelic proportions, will be released later this year.

Fan Girls & Boys Invited

Three Daves
Nicki Elson
Omnific Publishing
February 16, 2010
New Adult Contemporary
Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order...

Nicki Elson has created a heroine that everyone will cheer for as she comes of age in the mid-1980s. Whether you lived through the decade and survived the bad hair and acid-wash jeans, or just heard the wild stories, readers of all ages will identify with Jen Whitney as she searches for “the one,” enjoying her romantic ups and downs, made even more entertaining by Nicki Elson’s amusingly wry sense of humor.

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  1. Look at this beautiful layout! You girls are amazing!! And wonderfully kind and generous to have me over. Thanks. :)

    I can't believe you doctored Old Main up with the V-card, haha. Mind if I reuse this graphic some time?

    1. I'm sure you're not the only one who left their V-Card in the campus LOL. Knock yourself out.


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