Nico C. Grey — a feminist killjoy, logodaedalist, and cat whisperer. I’ve spent my whole life writing, or reading, as far as I can recall. When I was younger, I did it with fewer words and instead used Barbies – constructing dramatic exploits and traumatizing debacles for my dolls. Looking back, I probably owe a lot of my creative instincts to those dolls and the thousands of stories I told with them (thanks, Mattel Inc ®). Now that I’m older – and Barbie’s are a lot more expensive when they’re competing with things like Wi-Fi and Netflix subscriptions – I envision my stories as films in my head. The only thing I know to do is bleed them out onto paper or into the keys.
I’ve dabbled in most things creative. I’d love to get into doing tile mosaics and oil paintings, but for now, I mostly color (I’m designing an adult coloring book) and do puzzles when I’m taking a break from writing or work. I used to roleplay back when AOL was the cool place to spend your free evenings, and I’ve participated in dozens of collaborative works all over the internet. Now and then you may even find a little fanfiction I’ve gotten carried away with. I try not to fight my creativity and instead attempt to go with the flow, even if that means changing projects every few weeks or switching up mediums entirely. When I have time, I like to read and review things on critique sites I’m a member of; there’s no better way to keep your eyes sharp and your merciless judgement honed than to exercise those muscles regularly (and it helps to learn to be nice about it for when you’re judging yourself). On the days I’m not writing speculative fiction or fantasy, I can probably be found writing poetry or wandering around outside taking pictures. Photography is my side love, though I haven’t found the right camera yet so mostly it’s just photos on my phone these days.
2017 is going to be a big year in my life. My husband and I are hoping to make a huge move, and my personal goals for my writing are higher than they’ve ever been. Diamonds are formed under pressure, right?