About Me





What I’m reading right now:
An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon

Favorite Authors:
Neal Stephenson
Octavia Butler
Christopher Moore

Other Interests:
Hammocking under my oak trees
Stalking my local grocery stores for turkey jerky

Contact me at:
For professional queries, please contact:
Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Agency

For other inquiries, use my contact form below, or catch me on social media:
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Goodreads | Amazon

Upcoming Appearances

Texas Book Festival, Oct 26, 2019

Short Bio:

Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her award-winning novel THE PREY OF GODS is set in a futuristic South Africa brimming with demigods, robots, and hallucinogenic hijinks, and with her new novel ESCAPING EXODUS, she’ll be taking her weirdness off-world to a civilization living inside the gut of moon-sized space beast. See more of her work at http://www.nickydrayden.com or catch her on twitter @nickydrayden.

Long Bio:

Nicky Drayden is a systems analyst, and when she’s not debugging code, she’s detangling plot lines and mixing metaphors. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager), featured in The New York Times Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy and The Wall Street Journal’s Summer Reading: One Expert, One Book. Drayden’s sophomore novel, Temper, is touted as an exciting blend of Afrofuturism and New Weird. Her travels to South Africa as a college student influenced both of these works, and she enjoys blurring the genre lines between mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

Drayden learned to write novels the old fashioned way, by banging out a crappy draft during the month of November with thousands of other aspiring novelists. In between novels, she frequently dabbles in short fiction, with over 30 stories in publications such as Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, and Space and Time Magazine.

During her stint as managing editor for The Drabblecast, she helped continue the speculative fiction podcast’s tradition of bringing strange stories to strange listeners. Once a year, she’d escape the slush trenches to work on “Women and Aliens Month” a special series featuring alien stories written by luminaries such as Lauren Beukes, Nnedi Okorafor, and Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Nicky Drayden lives and writes in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her novel-length work is represented by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, and you can find out more about her at nickydrayden.com or catch her on twitter @nickydrayden.

Podcast Interview by Nayah SciFi
Author Interview by Outer Places
Author Interview by Texas Monthly
Author Interview by FIYAH Lit Mag
Radio Interview by Joy on Paper
Author Interview by Alfonso Words
Author Interview by Shimmer

Photo Credits: William Ting
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