By Stephanie Abney
At 13, she wrote her first novel, a time-travel romance. It had no direction and meandered from one scene to the next, but Shawnette Nielson knew she was destined to write and would figure out the details as she went along.
Now, the young wife and mother has teamed up with her sister, Carolyn Gregory. Their third novel, under their pen name “May Nicole Abbey,” was recently published by River Valley Publishers. The Dreamer, The Scholar and The Pauper are part of “The Fall Series,” and the stories just happen to be time-travel romances.
Shawnette and her husband, David, and their three children live in Glenview Ward, Mesa Kimball Stake. Her writing-partner sister and her family are members of the Third Ward in Oklahoma City Stake, Oklahoma.
While one may think the distance would pose a problem for co-authoring, “It is the perfect relationship,” Sister Nielson says. “My strengths are her weaknesses and her strengths are my weaknesses. We use DropBox to keep our work in sync, talk on the phone each day, and are each other’s biggest fans. We trust each other implicitly.”
Plus, they share a strong motivation for their writing. Both Shawnette and Caroline, frustrated with the lack of morals in most contemporary literature, determined to join forces to write wholesome stories containing page-turning adventures with strong, moral messages of God and honor.
The sisters, born and raised in Alhambra, California, are prolific writers with plans to fill more than 20 books. Shawnette served an LDS mission to the Missouri St Louis Mission. She moved to Arizona shortly after getting married, over nine years ago.
Adventures call to Sister Nielson: traveling, hiking, rappelling, dirt bike riding, snorkeling, horseback riding, skiing and swimming. Presently, her greatest joy is found in raising her children and taking care of her home and husband. But, she says, she continues to have adventures in her mind. And, she says, “I am compelled to write, write, write.”
Sister Nielson likes the fact that time-travel novels have no limitations. So far, the sisters have covered Georgian Society, Ancient Egypt and the modern day. They’ve written about pirates, wars, the ancient politics of kings, crossing deserts and about being kidnapped and buried in a tomb.
“And, we have a vision of much more: Medieval times, fantasy, Ancient Greece, even science fiction, complete with our stamp on it. You name it. It’s possible. It is so fun,” Shawnette says.
Reader, Kate Stradling, of Mesa Kimball Stake, says, “I love that the stories build on one another. It’s a fun series on the surface, but it plumbs the depths as well.”
See sneak peeks of all their books at: http://www.maynicoleabbey.com/ and their books are available on Amazon.com, under May Nicole Abbey.