Nikki Vallance

A motivational speaker, author and creative writers’ coach, Nikki began writing her debut novel ‘Pivotal’ whilst still working in her 20 year recruitment career, having set a goal to inject creativity back into her life. A work of contemporary fiction, Pivotal looks at the multiple paths a life may take at the crossroads of each significant decision, when Dulcie, Elizabeth, Annie and Liza’s lives are thrown into chaos by a mysterious bequest. It was a 2020 finalist in both The People’s Book Prize and the Page Turner Awards.

During the pandemic and in place of face to face events she set up a Facebook community, The Lost Books of Lockdown to match authors with readers who otherwise would never have met.

Nikki is now delighted to be a judge for both the Page Turner 2022 Writing Mentorship Award for unpublished writers. An avid reader across many genres, Nikki is especially keen on contemporary stories full of emotion, and realistic characters who jump off the page. Whether you make her laugh or cry, she doesn’t mind but she does want to be simultaneously challenged and entertained through beautiful writing. Books which leave her thinking are her favourites.

Nikki loves talking to her readers at book club events and festivals and is looking forward to running a writers workshop at a brand new local festival very soon.

Her own novels explore the often-neglected stories of midlife characters, rich with gritty experiences whilst full of possibilities for growth and change. She wants to give a voice to this under-represented demographic, and at the same time hopes to inspire closet novelists of all ages to write the books they have always dreamt of writing. Her second novel, Someone You May Know, based on a true-life romance about second chances is underway!