Discover Books by Nicki Thornton

The Cut-Throat Cafe is now out! Discover all three book in the Seth Seppi Mystery Stories, part of the world of the Elysee Sorcerers! Starting with the award-winning bestseller - and winner of The Times Children's Fiction Competition - The Last Chance Hotel.

September 05, 2020

The Last Chance Hotel nominated for the Elbakin Fantasy Award

I am so proud that The Last Chance Hotel has been nominated for a fantastic award in France - the Prix Elbakin.Net - where it is published as L’Hotel de la Derniere Chance.

The nominations for the 2020 award are here!

The Elbakin is an award for fantasy writing and looking at the other nominees, I am up against some very impressive competition. And the list of previous winners is also enough to make me feel nervous, yet even more thrilled at the same time. 

I wish everyone nominated the best of luck.

(apologies that I could not get a very clear image, but the other nominees are Thomas Taylor, Pam Smy, Samantha Shannon and Nnedi Okorafor).

And can I please say a big thank you to the Ealing Junior Book Award, which very kindly voted The Last Chance Hotel as its Book of the Year. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled where I would have had the chance to have met a lot of the readers.

I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the award for the support of the book and for all the readers who were involved in choosing the first of my Seth Seppi mysteries as their favourite. These things really mean a lot and I was sorry not to get the chance to express my appreciation. 

Being nominated for any award is such a huge deal for any writer. Having people read your books is a big honour, but awards are rare and really do mean a lot. So thank you!

July 21, 2020

New - virtual events

A lot has been happening in the world of school author events, so I am offering all my events virtually for now.

My plan is to really put schools in the driving seat.

I am using my experience working in schools and running creative writing workshops to offer a choice of events built around my magical mystery stories.

Virtual events are fully flexible. We can make use of whatever technology and resources any school might have available. The cost of doing a virtual event with me makes it much cheaper for schools, so I am hoping I can reach more who have limited budgets. And more who are too far away from me to make a visit in person. No travel costs to anyone!

There are also many times of the year when I am not available to visit schools because of the constrains of deadlines, so I am hoping these new, very flexible options will work for everyone.

Please watch this space, contact me for further information, or join in with my newsletter if you are thinking about how a virtual mystery event might work in your school!

I hope I am back working with schools very soon.