Nikki's forthcoming fantasy novel, The Nature We Become, led us to the enchanting mountains of rural New Mexico where we lived deeply immersed in nature for two years studying wolves and the land, all of which play an integral role in this story.
The Nature We Become is a fantasy novel following the opposing lives of two families as their fates are thrust together and intertwined.
A burgeoning population coupled with mismanaged land use, the environmental degradation of civilizations past, ever-increasing military control, and the vying for resources between the classes are threatening the kingdom with social crisis.
Opposed to a system designed to consolidate small farms in the interest of state controlled conglomerates, Elias, a young farmer fed up with the way his family and people are treated by the regime, sends a message to the king that cannot be ignored, unwittingly putting himself at the center of a revolutionary movement that will change the course of the entire kingdom.
Royal siblings, Silvana and Sage, have come of age in a time of increased strife and widespread disapproval of their family’s reign. Dissatisfied with the world their elders are creating, each must choose between continuing to follow the status quo, and defying the injustice committed by their fellow elites in favor of the rights of their people.
As the characters lives simultaneously unravel and weave, the barrier between the dream world and reality begins to blur in a series of mystical events. Encounters with a ghostly wolf pack, a mysterious tanner, and an ancient stone, speak of foreign lands and the secrets of forgotten history, confronting them with the very nature of who they are.
The Nature We Become is an adventurous tale steeped in self-discovery, and the search for a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between our inner and outer worlds.
Jaw Pressure, The Hopper, 2019
NH Gleans Provides Farm Fresh Security to Locals in Need, NOFA-NH, 2018
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