Nicolas decided he wanted to become writer when he was 11. His grade five teacher handed back an assignment with an A+, a gold stamp and the comment ‘You have a great natural writing style’. His goal was set – though it took more than two decades from then before he could call himself a full-time writer.
During that time, he completed an arts degree, studied and then worked as a playwright and theatre director, took every part-time job imaginable, and continually wrote articles and reviews which were published in various magazines and newspapers.
In 1996, after working as an in-house writer and project manager for a publishing company, Nicolas chanced his arm as a freelance writer and has managed to make a living as such ever since. His work is diverse and includes more than 400 fiction and non-fiction books for children, several non-fiction books for adults, corporate writing materials, and corporate histories.
As a workshop facilitator, Nicolas has run storytelling and writing workshops for children and adults, and is one of Australia’s leading presenters on business writing.
Nicolas also teaches professional and creative writing at Swinburne University; runs business writing workshops; has been a festival director; is the founder and host of Spirit of Punk open mic events; and was Chair of Writers Victoria from 2016-2020. He is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing.