How did you make the transition from teacher to writer?
Well, I had a few years between as Director of Family Ministries int he Presbyterian Church. So, I spent my time equally working with children and thinking about God, grace, redemption, salvation...you know, the small stuff. I think it flowed naturally into living my writing life. Those sorts of thought patterns form narratives of their own, and reading great texts, like Thich Nhat Hanh's writings, the Bible, and so many more, nurtures a response life. My response was in my writing.
What made you decide to focus on middle reader literature for your first book?
I didn't choose it - it chose me! I had gone to school in literary fiction, and thought I might try my hand at creative nonfiction, but when the stories came to me, they were all suited for younger readers. Of course, this works well for me, as I have two very keen middle grade readers at home to try my new material out on!
Nikki Loftin lives with her Scottish photographer husband just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by dogs, chickens, and small, loud boys. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, is available now. You can visit her online at www.nikkiloftin.com. twitter: @nikkiloftin
To read more of my interview with Nikki, visit AROHO Speaks: Writer to Writer