A graduate of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and Arts, Nicole E. Kelleher studied French Literature and Language, Spanish and Chinese. During this time, she also attended classes at the University of Michigan’s School of Art with an emphasis on drawing, watercolor and photography.
She moved to France to continue her studies at the Université Catholique de l’Œest before pulling up stakes and heading to Belgium. There, she completed an internship at a fine arts and antiques auction house. She travelled throughout the countryside of Europe, immersing herself in its history, architecture, and art.
Upon her return to the United States, she purchased a one-way ticket to California and, with $600.00 in her pocket, went in search of a job. Her fourteen-year career in hospitality and hotel/restaurant management began, taking her up the coast from San Diego to San Francisco, then back east to Chicago.
It was during this time that she received her greatest joy: twin boys. In 2004, when they were two years of age, her family relocated to the Washington D.C. area where she was able to commit herself fulltime to their care. She lives in Northern Virginia with her children, husband and Tully the Dog. A great lover of books, she sat down in front of her computer one day and started typing. When she is not writing or taking care of her family, she commits time each week to volunteer at a local organization helping the less fortunate. She encourages her friends and readers to do the same.
Nicole is a member of Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers Chapter (WRWDC). Wild Lavender is her first novel in the Aurelian Guard Series won the 2017 Golden Quill Award for Best Fantasy Romance, achieved third place in the New England Readers Choice contest for Historical Romance, is a 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence Finalist and a 2017 Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Finalist.
The second book of the Aurelian Guard Series, The Queen’s Dance, was released in May of 2017. Book three is complete and its release date will soon be announced. She is also working on a contemporary paranormal and a futuristic suspense novel.
Nicole can be reached via the contact page on her website, or by reaching out to her agent, Kae Tienstra of KT Public Relations and Literary Services.