Friday, October 9, 2015


Seven years ago I sat down to write a script about dreams. Today I have a trilogy of novels, and now the scripting begins in earnest.  A limited-series is what I have planned, helmed by a young leading lady of color. There are great roles for women and men of all ages and ethnicities in this dystopian fantasy with female oppression its focus and its core. Let’s put it out there and then let’s talk about it. 

So that we can all get a taste of what’s to come, especially me, Melissa Leo and Adam Lefevre are filming a series of promotional teasers with me, as Bubba and Dee-Dee, foster parents to Mina, The Gold Stone Girl’s protagonist. I’m thrilled to see these characters made whole by such iconic actors. I wrote the books with these two actors in mind. It's a lucky person whose dreams come true!   

I’m shooting on an ipad, attached to a stabilizing mount on a tripod. Natural light, no make up. I'm using a Manual camera app for light adjustment and zoom capability, camera adapter with a Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone, and Shure headphones to improve the sound quality 

Cinéma-vérité style, a series of interviews. Location: the Off-grid, a rural setting. My back yard will do. It’s amazing how much magic can happen with so little. 

Thank you Adam and Melissa for saying yes!

Melissa LeoAdam LeFevre

Friday, October 2, 2015

Reader's Favorite!

Reviewed by J. C. Steel for Readers' Favorite

Nicole Quinn’s It’s a Nightmare (The Gold Stone Girl Book 1) is set over a million years into the future, in a world where humanity is split between the abused and the abusers under the rule of the Night Mare. The few who escape the system live Off-grid, scraping a living in the wilderness outside Winkin City limits. Public broadcasts of brutality provide a constant flow of indoctrination on every display surface, and examples are swift and frequent. Females are property, branded and kept as animals, and the gender imbalance runs at one female to every fifty males. Only the so-called Gold Stone girls, rare enough that only four have been found in more than a million years, escape the short life of rape and abuse. Their fate is to be eaten alive by the Night Mare, as a public spectacle. No one knows why.

In It’s a Nightmare, Nicole Quinn peels back layers of complacency to reveal a disturbing alternate-universe view of how the gender biases ingrained in our society could play out, a chilling and brilliantly written exposé on the dangers of being different. This story is one you will see playing in news headlines across your mind’s eye as you read, right down to the swaddled bodies bobbing in the current. The world of Blinkin will remain etched in your imagination in blood and grime, and the characters showcase a profound understanding of the psyche of abuse. This book is guaranteed to be a thought-provoking, deeply disquieting wake-up call.

I love this letter!

Hello Miss Quinn. I'm sure you get a million messages like this, but I wanted to say thank you. Your books have changed my life. I've always felt like women were treated so unfairly, but everyone around me disagreed, even the women. It frustrated me so much. After I read your books, I directed everyone I knew to them and several people read them. It got them thinking so we could actually have a real conversation about women's status in society and how to uplift ourselves. It's so refreshing when you find someone who feels the same way you do about things. I started following you on Facebook not long after I finished the second Gold Stone Girl book and realized that you're a soul sister. I appreciate all you do for women and the environment and am very excited about the third book. Thank you.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Night Mare's Stone Chart


SILVER - Tempered Metal, (may involve hammering, 4 points) 

VERMILLION - Trial by Fire, (lessons will be learned first hand,1 point) 

YELLOW - Wild child, (extroverted youth followed by death or great wisdom,1 point) 

BLUE - Spirit Quest (accidents happen, 2 points) 

GREY - Mirror, mirror, (narcissist, cold as ice, 3 points) 

SCARLET - Great passion (will need taming,5 points) 

GREEN - Nurturer (Preferred, 10 points) 

PINK - Docile (preferred, 11 points) 

WHITE - Deferential (preferred, 15 points)

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"What a journey I have gone on!....swallowing in great greedy gulps like one of your demon types all your long hard work!! fascinating and informative!......really well done things that have big play in the world ...and yet deeper and better...." Melissa Leo, (Academy Award winner, The Fighter)

"Nicole Quinn's imagery is so startling, brilliant and original, that I caught my breath at each sentence. Sure to become a modern classic in the tradition of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood." Laura Shaine (author,Dreams of Rescue, A Place in the country, Sleeping Arrangements)

Monday, September 14, 2015


As a d.i.y. media content producer I read a lot of writing blogs, marketing blogs, publishing blogs. Some are quick to decry most indie writing contests as "writer beware" and as having "hidden agendas."

 It's all marketing isn’t it?  If I enter a film festival or a screenplay competition I pay an entry fee to cover the costs of readers and administration.  If they are asking me for thousands of dollars, well, no thanks.  But if it's a moderate fee, I consider it a marketing cost.  There is free marketing inherent in winning or placing in these competitions.  I don't win them all, so there must be some level of human scrutiny involved, or I suspect I would win all the time.  

I’m grateful for the multi-platform exposure at a nominal price. 

Phyllis Wheatley Award - Harlem Book Fair

The books listed have been selected for final consideration.
First Fiction
Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet by Jeffery A. Faulkerson
Born at Dawn by Nigeria Lockley
It's A Nightmare, The Gold Stone Girl, Book 1 by Nicole Quinn
Once In A Lifetime In Love by Sonya Felice Jenkins
Princesa by Maria L. Perez
Reason by Tiombe Jones
Shifting Allegiances: A Nigerian's Story of Nigeria, America & Culture by Amaka Lily
Tea Leaf: What Hides Underneath by Mia Mitns
The Devil Made Me Do It by Colette R. Harrell
The Ugly Secrets of Private Roy by Edward Roy
The Unnamed by Elva Nelson Hayes
Weaver by Miriam Kelly Ferguson
Who Made the Potato Salad? by Inez Robinson-Turpin

Friday, September 11, 2015