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Nikki Loftin

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Nikki Loftin is the author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, which Publishers Weekly called "mesmerizing," and Kirkus called "irresistible," and Nightingale's Nest, which received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her Scottish photographer husband just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, goats, and small, loud boys.

Nikki is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin graduate writing program (MA, '98). She has been a popcorn seller, waitress, bookstore employee, Music and Gifted/Talented teacher, and a Director of Family Ministries.

Nikki teaches Zumba dance/aerobics in a mostly vain attempt to combat the ever-threatening Writer's Butt. When under extreme stress, or on submission with a novel, she bakes o
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Nikki Loftin Okay, this is proof: I'm officially a Bad Influence on kids. haha I am delighted your students were inspired both to write their own stories, and to…moreOkay, this is proof: I'm officially a Bad Influence on kids. haha I am delighted your students were inspired both to write their own stories, and to break the rules in such a delightfully subversive way. While I WISH I were working on another Grimm retelling, I'm actually finishing a manuscript about a murderous ghost, set in a neighborhood reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sunnydale. I want it to be a series, but we'll see... If your students have any great ideas for fairy tales ripe for the stealing, though, I'd love to hear them! I'm always up for a little literary larceny. And alliteration.
I've got some ideas that involve the Grimm Brothers' The Juniper Tree, and maybe Andersen's The Little Match Girl (SAD), and possibly The Pied Piper... but I'm ALL ears.
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I am delighted to announce that my book was selected for the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award for 6-8 graders! They made a very cool video, too. With music! And fancy graphics!


If you watched the video, you discovered precisely WHICH book they selected.


Not this one:


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And not this one:


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BUT THIS ONE!!!


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Yes. The creepy, sinister book that was my debut novel in 2012. WOW! I am utterly deli...

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“When my mom was alive, she read me stories every night. ”Use your imagination, Lorelei,” she’d say, “and your whole life can be a fairy tale.” I wanted that to be true. But I should have paid more attention to the fairy tales.”
Nikki Loftin, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

“Turns out, it's not running away when no one notices you're gone.”
Nikki Loftin, Wish Girl

“It's part of the art,' she explained, motioning toward the stream. 'The bringing together of the pieces, then the way they disappear when it time - the wind, or water, or gravity, whatever - makes the art lose its hold. It's not meant to stay forever. Some people,' and she paused. 'Some people wouldn't get it. They'd do all sorts of unnatural things to make it stay just like it was. Glue it, staple it, cement it. Even though that would ruin it.”
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