palatine, Illinois, United States
Home page: www.nicolerouse.com
As a child I dreamed of becoming an actress, a singer and a super model, like the talented and gifted Iman. As I grew older, my I thought perhaps I would enjoy pediatrics or maybe teaching, like my wonderful mother. I didn’t know much about writing as a career or even how to pursue it in college. Though I loved to read, becoming a professional writer never crossed my mind.
I made up stories all the time as a child – when I played with my paper dolls, riding on the bus or train and in school during “free time.” I would even change or
continue the ending of books that I read. I wrote all of the time, too. I’d write passages from a book or the lyrics of a song, just for fun. It wasn’t until my junior
year in college that I actually sat down and wrote some of my stories on paper. Soon, I had a collection of short stories and friends would ask me to help them
write letters and essays.
When I graduated from college as a teacher, I quickly incorporated writing into everything– math, science and even health. Initially, I did this as a way to
strengthen my students’ writing skills. But I quickly discovered that not only were their skills improving, but writing actually helped them grasp key concepts in other
content areas. Next on the list was a school newsletter and yearbook. Eventually, I wrote plays and conducted workshops to help parents understand the importance of literacy.
Then, in 2001 I took a leap of faith! After five years of teaching I left the classroom to pursue a career in educational publishing. This career move allowed me to write more often for personal reasons. I even published a few articles! I learned a lot about publishing from a very good friend and writer. As I watched her market and
promote her books, I became inspired to do the same. And in 2006, I ran into an editor from Urban Christian that helped make my dream come true. It’s been an interesting journey and I’m enjoying every minute.
Interests: Reading, Writing, Movies, and Music
Published writer: Yes