Nicole Dieker is a writer, teacher, and musician. She began her writing career as a full-time freelancer with a focus on personal finance and habit formation; she launched her fiction career with The Biographies of Ordinary People, a definitely-not-autobiographical novel that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.
Currently, Dieker writes the Larkin Day Mysteries and the quarterly philosophy zine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT, both of which are published through Shortwave Media. She also maintains an active freelance career; her work has appeared in Vox, Morning Brew, Lifehacker, Bankrate, Haven Life, Popular Science, and more. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.
Dieker lives in Quincy, Illinois with the great love of her life, his piano, and their garden.
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Nicole doesn’t have a blog. She doesn’t do social media, either. Instead, she writes longform essays about work, life, and reality in the quarterly print zine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT.
Issues are $6 each, with occasional discounted bundles.
Think of it like a Substack you can hold in your hand and read without distraction. ❤