I was born and raised on the black soil plains of New South Wales, Australia on my family property located north-west of Moree near the Queensland border. I grew up with the sky for a ceiling and along with my two brothers and sister, we swam in the creek, fished for yabbies, rode motorbikes and built go-carts, crashing them magnificently racing each other down the side of the dam.

My great-grandfather selected the holding in 1893. A simple timber hut was quickly pegged out and built and the men spent their days cutting timber, erecting fences and shepherding the sheep that they overlanded from a previous property to the south-east. I imagine the days and nights back then were equally long, the monotony only broken by the monthly arrival of the postal and supply rider who brought stores and mail to those remoter settlers. One of the items delivered to my great-grandfather in that first year was a copy of Alexander Duma’s The Count of Monte Christo. The novel arrived in a saddle-bag on the back of a packhorse wrapped in brown paper and twine and I can only imagine my great-grandfather’s excitement when he unwrapped the parcel. I see him reading by a flickering candle, sitting beneath a fat, lazy moon and the bush stretching out around him in an unending silence.

I heard these stories and many more as a child and from an early age I have loved Australian pastoral history.


Nicole’s works reflect a sense of continuity and an inherent love for the Australian landscape that is steeped in authenticity.

She is the bestselling author of ten Australian historical fiction novels; The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands, River Run, An Uncommon Woman, Stone Country and her March 2020 release, The Cedar Tree. 

The Cedar Tree is out now.

The Bark Cutters was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2011. Absolution Creek and Sunset Ridge were both selected for the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Get Reading campaign. The Great Plains was nominated as a Top 100 Book by Better Reading in 2015 & 2016. Stone Country and The Cedar Tree are National Top Ten bestsellers.

Nicole is Chair of Judging – 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize Australasia

Nicole’s novels, poetry, travel, creative writing and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, America, Singapore, Ukraine, Germany, New Zealand & Canada. Non-fiction works include a poetry collection Divertissements: Love. War. Society (2008) and she was a contributor to the National Breastcancer Foundation anthology (2013) Dear Mum as well as The Great Australian Writers Collection 2013.

An in-demand speaker, Nicole’s past clients include; RaboBank, Landcare, The University of New England and The Community Mutual Group. If you would like to discuss the possibility of engaging Nicole please go to the contacts section of this website.

Nicole was the inaugural judge of the 2019 Colleen McCullough Residency Award for historical fiction authors, and a past judge of  The MacIntyre Young Writers Award and the Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards.

EXHIBITION. Art Word Place focuses on the interplay between text and image. Selected writers from the Arts North West region were commissioned to create a short poem based on their home landscape. Matched artists then drew on this composition as the inspiration for a new work capturing the identity and sense of place of the New England North West. There are recurring themes – of rivers, plains and sky, of drought, of adversity but also of optimism.

Nicole collaborated with the artist Jo White.

Art Word Place was shown at Tamworth Regional Gallery in November 2019, and will travel to other cities during 2020-2021, including the Regional Australia Institute in Canberra from March 9- June 9 2020.


Nicole has been profiled/featured on: Television – Chanel 10 Studio 10, ABC Landline, Channel 9 Afternoon Show, Radio – ABC Radio National & other major networks. Print –  Time Magazine, the Australia Woman’s Weekly, Elle Magazine Australia, Country Style Magazine, RM Williams Outback Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend, The Sun Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Canberra Times, Queensland Country Life, The Land newspaper, among other regional and state media.


Nicole spent a number of years working in Australia and abroad in the divergent fields of financial services and fashion before returning to agriculture.

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts  / Masters in Creative Writing & Literature

Awards: The NSW 2012 Barwon Woman of the Year – part of the 2012 NSW Woman of the Year Awards – recognised for her literary talent and promoting Outback Australia and providing a strong female role model for rural professionals.

Memberships: ASA (Australian Society of Authors) / Royal Australian Historical Society / NSW Society of Women Writers

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