Cover of Tidepool, Nicole’s debut novel coming from Parliament House Press in 2021. Cover design by Shayne Leighton.
The cover of my debut novel Tidepool, designed by Shayne Leighton.

Thanks for visiting! Below is a listing of my work on Medium and some information about my debut novel Tidepool. …

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Hi everyone! I’m delighted to announce that this week, the eBook version of Tidepool went up on Amazon and Kobo for preorder. (Just FYI: the cover on the sale pages is not the final cover; it’s a Parliament House placeholder cover.) …

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Robin’s always had trouble sleeping in strange places, and this place is still strange even if it’s hers. The streetlight shadows are in different spots on the ceiling. The air around her smells of fresh paint. Even in the darkness, the walls feel closer. …

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The boy on the shabby green sofa was going to die no matter what anyone did. Even Dr. Harry Purdee, no real doctor at all, could see that. …

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Mickey Dugan (24, bartender) has a plan. It’s the best plan he’s come up with since he landed on the beach for the new season of Last One Standing. Hell — it’s the best plan he’s had since he got the idea to apply for this stupid show.

Mickey pretends…

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It’s not about the jeans. It’s about respect. That’s what Sadie doesn’t understand.

“Why are you guys pissed? I said you could borrow my stuff too.” Sadie’s sprawled on one of the ugly orange sofas in our dorm’s lounge, finishing the last of Gretchen’s leftover pizza. …

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The customers at Smocking’s Oddity Shoppe on that overcast Saturday afternoon later swore they actually heard Mr. Griswold coming before he entered the place. The pale, trembling fellow threw the door open, his eyes wide and red. …

A small wind-up toy clown clutches two balls, one orange and one yellow.
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Zoe heard the first toy before she saw it. An odd clank-clank-clank sound disturbed the quiet in the upstairs hallway, and Zoe wandered around trying to find the noise.

Her husband Troy glanced at the ceiling and smirked. “Maybe it’s mice.”

Zoe shuddered. “That’s not funny. We just moved here.”…

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His bright green necktie matches his eyes. That’s the first thing Kara notices about him.

She’s not good at talking to strangers. Never has been. But when he shows up at the office wearing the same tie day after day, her curiosity overrides her shyness.

“Do you wear that because…

A dirigible flies through a cloudy sky; a balloon can be seen faintly on the right side of the image.
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Not-Mother scolds Christy for leaving her burnt toast and rubbery eggs uneaten, and Father stares at his hands and mumbles “Listen to your mother.” Every morning starts the same way. But this time, Christy has had enough.

“She’s not my mother!” With that, Christy bangs out of the house, cutting…

Nicole Willson

My novel TIDEPOOL is out from Parliament House Press. Available at

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