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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

Nikki Katz's Manuscripts

Nikki Katz's Library

Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, October 11th, 2019

I Guess This Is Happening?: When Your Characters Take You on a Journey

Where do I begin? My first drafts are messy. They are a stew of fully fleshed characters mixed with unforgettable settings (at least for me… they won’t leave my brain!) and a plotline that continues to evolve as the characters do things I never expected them to do.No joke. I often have no idea what scene is going to happen ... Read More


Nikki Katz, first draft report, writing, The King's Questioner
Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Check out the final cover for THE KING'S QUESTIONER by Nikki Katz!

I am absolutely a DO Judge a Book By Its Cover girl… I love strolling through the aisles of a bookstore, spotting an eye-catching cover, and then opening the pages to see the summary. Thus, the cover reveal is one of my parts of being an author! There’s something about seeing your book come to life in a visual format ... Read More


cover reveal, Nikki Katz, cover creation, The King's Questioner
Monday, December 4th, 2017

Announcing THE KING'S QUESTIONER by Nikki Katz!

I’m back! The Midnight Dance came out in October and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. I’ve loved having that beautiful book and cover out in the world, but it’s time to share other exciting news...I’m publishing a second book with Swoon Reads!I’ve always been a huge fan of traditional fantasy books, so while The Midnight Dance is a blend ... Read More


The Midnight Dance, news, new book, Nikki Katz, The King's Questioner
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 to scroll ... Read More


The Midnight Dance, instagram, bookstagram, social media, Nikki Katz
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 also ... Read More


The Midnight Dance, inspiration, mood board, pinterest, Nikki Katz

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