Nikki's Portrait

There once was girl who wrote a book in 8th grade algebra...

Her teacher was so pleased that she wasn't writing notes he let her keep writing and she never stopped.

Elysium Books is the indie publishing endeavor of Nikki McCormack, who, after going through a traditional publisher with her first book, thought she might have more opportunities to give you, the readers, her stories if she didn't wait around for publishers to catch up.

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked away in a briefcase. Despite a very successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest with her sweet old horse and a clever feline assistant. She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.


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Review Snippets

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat (Clockwork Enterprises #1):

"I had a blast reading this story. With intelligence and spunk, Maeko is the kind of heroine you'll cheer for, even as you bite your nails to see how the adventure the clockwork cat brings to her unravels." - Pip Ballantine co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

"In short, I would describe this as if the gang from Scooby Doo met up with the cast of Oliver Twist, but then added a kick ass Asian lead and a questionable law enforcement agency to make some awesome steampunk/fantasy love child of a book." Jill, Amazon

"This is my first foray into Steampunk fiction. What a great place to start!!" Lori, Goodreads

Dissident (Forbiddent Things #1):

"McCormack's writing is descriptive, clear, and exciting. I enjoyed the story immensely. The book was definitely original, but there were parts that reminded me of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. I loved Indigo and Yiloch. McCormack did a tremendous job developing these very unique characters. The story was a love story, but also a political story where good triumphs over evil." - Dina Rae, Goodreads & Amazon

"There’s also betrayals galore, powers that can kill, and marriages that should never be, while others cannot be. In other words, for a 'fantasy' it’s highly complicated and reads like a real world." - Liza O' Connor, blogger

"A rollicking epic fantasy novel. McCormack does a wonderful job of world building. She casually introduces ascard and its effects, making it believable and non-intrusive to the storyline. This helps keep the reader engaged. The strongest aspect of Dissident is the character building. Many fantasy novels focus on the action and adventure aspects of the story. McCormack allows her characters to drive the plot. Dissident is an excellent start in the Forbidden Things series." Self-Publishing Review, 5 Stars