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Nina's Bio

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An actor turned playwright and novelist, Nina Wright is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She writes the humorous Whiskey Mattimoe mystery series for adults, as well as books for younger readers. With an undergraduate degree in theater and two master's degrees (in English literature and applied linguistics), Nina has taught creative writing, playwriting, speech, drama, English literature, and English as a Second Language to adults and teens.

Born in northwest Ohio, Nina learned from Lake Erie and her patient father how to swim, ice skate, sail, and fish. Her father also encouraged her to laugh and tell stories. Today Nina's favorite place is a beach almost anywhere. She loves to wander along open water contemplating new action for her novels.

Because she was an actor and playwright before she wrote fiction, Nina learned her craft by studying what works on the stage: revealing truth through desires, fears, secrets, conflict, dialogue, visual and aural motifs, and—most important—action. A playwright must instantly draw audience members into the world of the drama and hold them there by their own free will until the house lights come up at the end. Such is the novelist's job, too.

Nina's recent moves have enriched her fiction. Her affection for coastal Michigan, central West Virginia, and magical St. Augustine, Florida, is evident in the settings of her novels. Readers, stay tuned: Nina is spinning stories set in exciting new places, not necessarily near Big Water.

A storyteller committed to both the page and the stage, Nina enjoys teaching others to find their own voices. In addition to coaching writers of all ages, she offers a repertoire of classes. See Nina's Workshops.

Publishing Credits (Fiction)

Whiskey on the Rocks (Midnight Ink, 2005); Whiskey Straight Up (Midnight Ink, 2006); Whiskey and Tonic (Midnight Ink, 2007); Whiskey and Water (Midnight Ink, 2008); Whiskey with a Twist (Midnight Ink, 2009); Homefree (Flux, 2006); Sensitive (Flux, 2007).

Publishing Credits (Plays)

Zoë's Story is featured in Best Stage Scenes 1999 and Best Women's Stage Monologues 1999 (Smith & Kraus). A cut from Why Coyotes Won't Kill You appears in Audition Monologs for Student Actors 2: Selections from Contemporary Plays (Meriwether Publishing). Two new pieces for women appear in Millennium Monologues (Meriwether Publishing, 2004).

Produced Plays

Cherchez Dave Robicheaux, an offbeat romantic comedy, has had four productions to date, including an Equity premiere at Ann Arbor's Performance Network. It was also produced at Sonoma County Repertory Theatre and by Cleveland's Feminist Troupe, Red Hen Productions. The playwright directed her script at a theatre in Toledo, Ohio. Nina's dark comedy Mimi's Famous Company was produced in 2001 in Chicago (Heartland Studio Theatre) and in Norfolk (Generic Theater). Other recently produced scripts include Becoming... Somebody (Gallery Players, NYC), In Twenty-Five Words or Worse (The Riant Theatre & Love Creek Productions, NYC), Zoë's Story (The New Jersey Rep & Generic Theater), The Unitarian, Libertarian, Vegetarian Way (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), and My Mother Loved to Drive (Herring Run Fest in the Berkshires).

Additional Info

The Association of Theatre in Higher Education awarded Nina's drama about Appalachian women, Remembering Day, and staged it at their conference in Chicago. She has worked with Chicagoland's Playwrights' Advocate and Chicago Dramatists to develop staged readings of her scripts. Nina has taught in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, and Florida.

She leads workshops in writing and the creative process and coaches groups and individuals. In addition, Nina writes and edits speeches, scripts, newsletters and other commercial or educational materials. For information, e-mail Nina

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