Wendy Nikel

One Who Does Not Sleep, fiction, Issue 42, March 15, 2018

Detritus, flash fiction, Issue 46, March 15, 2019

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published in Daily Science FictionNature: Futures, and various magazines and anthologies. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com

Get to know Wendy Nikel:

When did you start writing?

It's maybe cliche, but I've enjoyed writing since I first learned how to form letters and even have some of my very first attempts at fiction preserved in a folder my parents saved from when I was in kindergarten.

I started writing seriously as an adult after my second son was born. I'd done a lot of reading during the long hours when I was up at night nursing him and realized that writing was something I still wanted to try my hand at someday.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My very first publication was in our local newspaper when I was in second grade, as the winner of a community youth writing competition. I also got a savings bond as a prize, which is still on its way to maturity.

My first pro publication was "Sardines in a Tin Can," published by Daily Science Fiction in November 2014.

Why do you write?

For me, it's like a puzzle, and I enjoy the mental challenge of finding exactly the right word or phrase, aligning the plot elements, and putting everything together just right so that it's satisfying for the reader.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I love asking "what if" questions, and SF/F lets me explore those questions with fewer limitations. I love being able to throw technological advances or magical elements into my stories that complicate the characters' lives and invite the reader to experience something new and completely different.


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