Niki Burnham is the author of a dozen books for teens and adults. Though she's originally from Colorado, her father was career military, which means she probably attended more schools than you did. To date, she has lived in Colorado, Germany (twice), Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and New York.
Niki graduated from Mannheim American High School in Mannheim, Germany, received her B.A. in political science from Colorado State University, then obtained both her M.A. in political science and her law degree from the University of Michigan. Since school is (sadly) not free, she worked at various times bagging groceries, bookkeeping for an Army commissary, cleaning a bowling alley, waiting tables at West Point, babysitting, tutoring college athletes (eerily similar to babysitting at times), as a political science research assistant, and at the front desk of her law school dorm. After graduation, she clerked for a federal magistrate in Colorado and practiced law in St. Louis before turning to writing. Writing is far and away the best job she's ever had.
When she's not busy making up stories, Niki plays softball, wrestles papers away from her miniature poodle, Tipper, and travels abroad whenever she can score cheap airfare.
She believes in tipping well for good service, thanking grocery store baggers, and in cleaning up after yourself at bowling alleys and movie theaters. She's also convinced she'd be a phenomenal contestant on The Amazing Race.
Stuff about Niki you maybe didn't know.
Birthplace: Key West, Florida (yes, this makes her a conch...)
Birthdate: June 10
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Fave foods: Sushi, anything Italian, good Chinese takeout
Fave sport: Baseball (Red Sox season ticket holder!)
Fave teams: Boston Red Sox in the A.L., Colorado Rockies in the N.L.
Fave movies: Fletch, The Shawshank Redemption, Out of Africa, Gone with the Wind
Would most like to have dinner with: Her husband
What about dinner with a celebrity?: Tina Fey, Michael Patrick King, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Aaron Sorkin top the list
Dream job if she wasn't a writer: Professional baseball player (hey, we're talking a dream job...)
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke, but trying to drink more water
Dogs or cats? Both
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