Nicole is a mother of four who lives in Fallbrook, CA, a semi-small town in the north-eastern part of San Diego County. Nicole originally went back to school in 2010 with the intention of earning a vocational certificate and increasing her employability. She discovered that she actually loved school though and decided to stick it out to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, however after coming all that way she found that she had been going about it from the completely wrong perspective. Instead of following her passions, she was doing what society dictated to be reasonable and practical. Further insight revealed to her that society itself is neither logical nor reasonable, and therefore should not be dictating her career choices.
With that epiphany Nicole began to examine who she was and what she wanted out of life. She realized that throughout everything, no matter what else has changed, she has always been a writer. Her dream was to spend her time creating beautiful pieces of written work that others will enjoy reading just as much as she enjoys writing them. So casting aside all of the imposed caution and practicality, as well as her own doubts and insecurities, she decided to pursue her dream of being a writer.
Nicole is also working on a second Associates degree in journalism. She writes for her community college newspaper and received a first place award for feature writing from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Nicole loves writing in a variety of forms, but fiction is her first true love. She is a news junkie, and she has a sick obsession with NPR and KPBS. She also enjoys photography, she has a passion for animals, food and learning and she loves to read as much as she loves to write. Nicole is a bit of a feminist and a bit of an activist. While she does not participate in bombing animal laboratories or illegal surveillance of politicians, she has been known to attend a protest or help gather signatures for petitions she believes in.
Nicole is easygoing and fun, she is an optimist at heart and she believes that we are all responsible for bringing about social change. She hopes to use her writing to bring awareness to and advocate for issues that are important to her. Nicole gets along with nearly everyone, but certain things really tick her off: ignorance, intolerance, discrimination, mean people, the Westboro Baptist Church, and angry drivers. Nicole is super excited about beginning her creative writing program here at UC Riverside and looks forward to a great experience.