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Nikki Katz

San Diego, CA

Reader & Writer


Nikki is the author of The Midnight Dance, her debut young adult novel, replete with magical realism and Gothic settings. Up next is The King's Questioner, also from Swoon Reads.

A recovering rocket scientist, Nikki’s nonfiction titles naturally include The Everything Cryptograms Book, The Everything Lateral Thinking Puzzles Book, Zen and the Art of Crossword Puzzles, and The Book of Card Games. Her published articles cover the gamut of topics, including celebrities, entertainment, parenting, pregnancy, women’s issues, commerce, finance, and more.

Favorite Books

The Greisha Trilogy | The Lunar Chronicles Series | The Count of Monte Cristo | The Good Earth

Favorite Quotes

"If a story is in you, it has got to come out." -- William Faulkner

Favorite Genres

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Swoon Author Nikki Katz: Bookstagram Tips for Budding Authors

I’ve been using social media for promotion and connecting online since what feels like the beginning of time! Unfortunately, there are new apps constantly appearing, and it is increasingly difficult to decide where to invest your time and energy. Although I have my largest following on Twitter, I tend not to go on much because it’s a lot ... Read More


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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Swoon Author Nikki Katz: The Visual Element of Writing a Manuscript

Authors often are asked if they are a plotter or pantsers—which means do they plot their novel before starting to write the first draft, or do they write by the seat of their pants? Personally, I do a little of both, but tend toward the side of pantser. Before I begin, I know where the manuscript will end. I ... Read More


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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Swoon Author Nikki Katz's Editing Update: Hard Work and Careful Planning

Once I was done with my copyedits I could look back on The Midnight Dance and say... that was a lot of work. Hard work. Excruciating work. I love drafting a novel. The writing is the creative process for me, the fun part, the playing with characters and watching their story unfold. Editing is work. Editing is killing my babies ... Read More


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