Nicki was born in 1943, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in the suburbs. Her daughter, Anjanette, was born in 1973, while Nicki was earning her doctorate in history. Grandson Jack was born in 2005. In addition to history, Nicki is an avid gardener (she owned a small garden center for several years) and in crafts of all kinds. She has been a professional writer most of her life and can be contacted.