The Wicked Prince, the fifth book in the Royal Scandals series, is now available. It features Prince Alessandro Barrali, the identical twin of Prince Vittorio (from Slow Tango With a Prince) and Francesca Lawrence, an economist employed by British billionaire Jack Gladwell.
Additional Royal Scandals titles are planned, so stay tuned.
There are currently five full length novels and three holiday novellas in the series:
These books are currently out of print, though used copies are available at some retailers. Expect great news about these books in the coming months! To ensure you don't miss out, subscribe to my e-newsletter e-newsletter.
At the moment, I'm not working on any new full-length Niki Burnham books. However, I am putting some of my hard-to-find backlist titles back into print and hope to write some shorter works in the near future. For more information on the Niki books, or to sign up for my Niki Burnham e-newsletter, visit www.nikiburnham.com.
The stories I write are fiction. However, I pick up ideas from everyday life—a newspaper article, something I see on the news, or just overhearing conversations—and then asking myself, "What if...?" and letting my imagination wander. I also get ideas from out of the blue (in other words, I daydream a lot.) For me, the easy part of writing books is coming up with ideas. They're everywhere.
First and foremost, read everything you can get your hands on. I learned the most about writing simply by reading broadly, and by figuring out what I like and don't like. It's important to pay attention to why a book does or doesn't work for you. Something else to do: write a little every day. It gets you in the habit. You don't have to show it to anyone, but the more you write, the more you'll improve. Finally, don't be afraid to take a heavier class load in English and Literature classes. Literature because it gives you the chance to read and discuss great books, and English because it's important to know the basics of language and proper usage. Then you need to sit down and actually WRITE. Don't talk about writing or make grand plans to write. Just write.
For me, writing is a career. There are days I don't feel like writing, but I show up at my keyboard and do the work just as anyone would in any other career. (Could you imagine if your local police decided they weren't inspired to fight crime?) If writers waited to be inspired to write, I doubt many books would get finished! That being said, I enjoy my job immensely so I'm quite happy to show up and work.
That's fantastic! So many people say they want to write, but they never get around to doing it. That alone puts you one giant step ahead of the game. Unfortunately, I get a ton of requests to read unpublished work, and if I did it for some people I'd feel obligated to do it for everyone. That means I wouldn't have time to write, to eat, to sleep...well, you get the idea. So, no, I'm sorry to say that I can't read your work, give you comments, or show it to my editor or agent.
There are also a lot of legal reasons why I can't read unpublished works by other writers. What if you write about a character named Jane and I read it, then I have a book with a character named Jane, so you decide that I must've stolen your stuff, because there's no way I would have come up with a character named Jane on my own? Not that you'd ever do that, but others might. You see how this can get me into major trouble.
Download my current booklist as a PDF. It's formatted to be easy to take along with you to a bookstore or library.
I am fairly active on Twitter and Facebook, and I have an author page on Goodreads. Though I'm on a few other sites, those pages are only updated from time to time. Given the amount of time I devote to writing, it's easiest to focus my energy/limit my fun time to chatting with Twitter followers and readers who've "liked" my Facebook page.
I do. The easiest place to find out about upcoming plans is to visit my Events page. I list all appearances there as soon as they're confirmed.
If you're interested in having me visit with your book club, e-mail me and put "book club visit" in your subject line. I'm happy to do call-in or Skype visits with book clubs.
The easiest way is to snail mail me and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with two first-class stamps or Forever stamps. I'll use that self-addressed, stamped envelope to send you an autographed bookplate for any of your books. A bookplate is a sticker that I sign, then you peel the backing and place it inside your book.
When you mail me, be sure to include a note letting me know any specific instructions (if there's someone in particular you'd like the bookplate addressed to, for instance, or if you'd like more than one bookplate.)
To sum up: In an envelope addressed to me, please send a note with any specific instructions AND a second envelope you address to yourself with two stamps on it. When I get it, I'll send your second envelope back to you with the bookplate(s) inside. Make sense?
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I can barely design a stick figure. I leave book covers to the professionals, though I do consult with them.
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