Monday, June 8, 2009

Getting to Know Nichole Giles

By Nichole Giles (who else would be writing about me?)

Last Monday, my good friend and co-author Cindy Beck introduced herself, and throughout the week, you’ve probably gotten to know a few of the other authors who will be blogging here.

I suppose that means it’s my turn. My name is Nichole Giles, and I’m a writer. Hm, that sounds almost like a twelve-step program or an AA meeting—but then again, I suppose writing is something of an addiction for me. I’ve been actively pursuing my creative career for almost six years—which basically means I take classes, have joined critique groups (yes, that’s plural), and attend conferences as often as possible.

As Cindy mentioned, our book, Mormon Mishaps and Mischief: Hilarious Stories for Saints is being published by Cedar Fort this coming December, something for which I’m extremely excited. This particular project is special to me because it includes contributions from several of my writer friends, all of whom have side-splitting stories to tell. Keep your eyes peeled—wait, back up, that’s not even possible, besides the fact that it’s a total cliché. How about keep your eyes open? Yes, that’s better. Anyhow, this book will make an awesome Christmas gift for anyone and everyone you know, and hits shelves just in the nick of time. (Hey, was that an advertisement? I think maybe it was…)

Okay, back to me. I was born in Nevada, but lived in many interesting places between Utah and Arizona, and went to a different school every year of my young life—except 7th-8th grade. I was lucky enough to attend only one junior high school.

In fifth grade I read the book Cheaper by the Dozen and loved it so much, I told everyone who would listen that I was going to have twelve children when I grew up. Since my husband didn’t share my love for that particular book, we’ve settled on the number four, and added two golden retrievers.

Speaking of my husband, we met while I was working in the toy section of a local department store. He was the security guard on duty. We talked less than five minutes and then he left so I could return something for a customer. I was so distracted that I completely botched the return, and my manager made me go into a training session so I could re-learn how to do returns. Gary came back and asked me out before the end of my shift, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Right now I’m working on several projects, and am crossing my fingers that my awesome publisher will decide to say yes to the submission I sent them last month. (Could I be any more obvious?)

If you’d like to read more about me and what I’m doing, feel free to visit my personal blog. Or, if you’re in the mood for a good laugh, come on over to the LDS Humor blog. If you still can’t get enough, look me up on Facebook. Otherwise, you can find me here every other Monday.

See you next time, and until then, write on.


Rebecca Talley said...

Sounds like you and your honey really had "love at first sight" and sounds like an interesting premise to a romance book!

Heather Justesen said...

Awww, I didn't know that about you and your honey. Cute! And you and my husband have plenty of traveling in common. I don't think he went to the same elementary school twice, and maybe not middle school, either. Thankfully, they did settle down before he started high school.

Nichole Giles said...

I have to say, my whole life feels like fodder for novels--which is probably why I started writing in the first place.

Thanks for commenting Heather and Rebecca!


Danyelle Ferguson said...

LOL! It was fun to learn more about you, Nichole. I love your "how we met" story! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you in between spurts of writing. :)

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks Danyelle! I'll appreciate all the crossed fingers I can get.


kersten campbell said...

Can't wait to read the book!

Jaime Theler said...

I wanted six kids until the first one. Then we decided to take it one at a time. It's fun to get to know you better!

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks Kersten. I can't wait to see what it looks like.

Yeah, Jamie, I hear you. One at a time turned into four for me--but it adds up to six if you include our dogs. That counts, I think, since they think they're kids and tend to be just as messy.

Thanks for commenting everyone.