About the Author

My Name is Niki. This is not the life I planned for.

I was following the typical middle class, white, American girl story. I grew up in a small conservative leaning town near enough to Seattle, and suburban enough, to not be too redneck-like. I went to a good college, was getting my degree, and I was planning on moving back home for awhile until I could find work in a recession riddled society.


My parents got divorced though, and my safety net fell. I ended up working 4 jobs in Seattle. I didn’t earn enough money to be able to pay my student loans but I worked too many hours to be allowed to defer them.

One day, boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go to Switzerland with him, were he was moving for work. I figured “why not?” worst case, I come back here and work more jobs that didn’t pay enough.

The rest is history.


And for fun, the first five of the 36 questions that lead to love:

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Assuming dead people are allowed, Robin Williams. RIP.

If dead people are not allowed, Jennifer Lawrence.

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

No, I don’t think I would like to be famous. I’m a very anxious person and I don’t like being in the center of attention because I imagine everyone is judging my every move. I prefer to be the voice and confidant to the famous person.

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

Yes, because otherwise I will forget what I need to ask.

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Playing fetch with a dog, playing a game of ultimate, watching a movie or reading a good fantasy book, having a few drinks with friends with good conversation.

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

I think the last song I sang to someone was “On Top of Old Smokey.” They were humming the tune but they were also learning english, and I don’t think they knew the song. So I sang it to them to be silly.

And some more mundane questions:

What do I love?

Animals. Ultimate Frisbee. User Experience Design. Trees and rocks.

What do I hate?

Mosquitoes. Being hungry, cold, wet, or tired. Bad cheese.