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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 don’t know what it is about the area outside Santa Fe, but there’s something there – in the air, the land, the light – that inspires me. It’s inspired lots of other artists, too. In fact, Georgia O’Keeffe herself painted in the place where I wrote large portions of Wish Girl, Nightingale’s Nest, and the manuscript my lovely agent Ginger is sending around right now. (It’s hard to type with fin...

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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.”
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“Sometimes,' she said, after a few more seconds of silence, 'sometimes you got to act. You can't wait. You got to do what needs doing, before the world makes the decision for you.”
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“Turns out, it's not running away when no one notices you're gone.”
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