This is me and my beautiful pup, Corgus!

Hi, I’m Nikki.

Here’s my official bio!

Nikki Barthelmess is a journalist and author of young adult books. She entered foster care in Nevada at twelve and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and teachers who encouraged her as a writer. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has worked as a maid, cashier, newspaper reporter, and event coordinator, among other odd jobs. Nikki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her pride-and-joy Corgi pup. Nikki is represented by Elizabeth Harding and Sarah Gerton at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Her debut novel, THE QUIET YOU CARRY, will be published by Flux Books on March 5, 2019.

Hi, I’m Nikki.

This is me and my beautiful pup, Corgus!

Here’s my official bio!

Nikki Barthelmess is a journalist and author of young adult books. She entered foster care in Nevada at twelve and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and teachers who encouraged her as a writer. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has worked as a maid, cashier, newspaper reporter, and event coordinator, among other odd jobs. Nikki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her pride-and-joy Corgi pup. Nikki is represented by Elizabeth Harding and Sarah Gerton at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Her debut novel, THE QUIET YOU CARRY, will be published by Flux Books on March 5, 2019.

Some of My Interviews

How to Make Rejection Work For You

by Aaron Rand Show (CJAD, Montreal) | Interview with Nikki Grey

Succeed Because of What You've Been Through

by Rhonda's Radio Show | Interview with Nikki Grey

Goals Are Cool

Nikki Grey – Beating the Odds to Become a Writer

Thrill Writing

Foster Care for Writers with Nikki Grey

The Quiet You Carry

Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

The Quiet You Carry

Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

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