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105 Nikki Mottram | Australian Crime Writer

If you love a good crime novel, you will love our special guest!

Today in The Good Girl Confessional, host Sandy Lowres chats with Crime Writer Nikki Mottram. While at home with a new baby and a toddler, Nikki was looking for a creative outlet and so began a love affair with writing. When Nikki had her own children, she started to see her career in child protection in a whole new light.

Drawing on those experiences in child protection, but affected by a 30 year old unsolved murder of two women she had read about, Nikki’s debut novel, Crows Nest, combats the often ineffectual essence of social workers previously portrayed in books and film, bringing forward a main character, Dana Gibson, written with intelligence, both hardworking and ruthless when it comes to the protection of children.

Through Nikki’s unique and well informed lens, she challenges the misconceptions of the child protection industry through a heart-twisting and compelling small town crime fiction. Nikki’s debut novel, set near the town she actually lives in, is gripping, with believable and fully formed characters. Having signed a two book deal with UQP, Nikki’s second book coming in 2024!

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Nikki’s book Crows Nest is available in all good bookstores.

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Nikki Mottram
Nikki Mottram

Nikki Mottram is a debut author, drawing on her extensive background in child protection in this new work of crime fiction. She has a psychology degree from The University of Queensland and has worked in London and Australia in positions protecting and promoting the welfare of children at risk of harm. She became interested in using her real-world experience to write a novel after realising there were few positive representations of social workers in media, and that her experience would offer a unique lens to explore the issues affecting rural communities. Nikki has been published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology and shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Hal Porter Short Story Competition. In 2018, she was the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre Fellowship. She grew up and resides in Toowoomba, and brings to her work an understanding of rural communities, their customs and their secrets.

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