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- Nicole O’Dell
Nicole O’Dell, author of 23 books since 2007, founder of Choose NOW Ministries, host of Choose NOW Radio, and publisher at Choose NOW Publishing, is dedicated to guiding parents and teens to victorious relationships and good choices.
Official 100-word bio:
Nicole O’Dell, author of 23 books since 2007, founder of , host of : Parent Talk and Teen Talk, publisher at Choose NOW Publishing and a national Christian event speaker, brings messages of hope to women, parents, teens, and tweens. The mother of six, including pre-school triplets, writes issue-driven YA fiction, like her popular Diamond Estates Series and upcoming Drama Ensues series, and non-fiction for teens like , based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. , O’Dell’s Focus-on-the-Family approved non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by helping parents tackle tough issues. Visit for access to her bustling blog network and other resources.
Youth-culture expert Nicole O’Dell resides in Paxton, Illinois, with her husband and six children—the youngest of which are pre-school triplets. She’s the founder of Choose NOW Ministries, dedicated to battling peer pressure and guiding teens through tough issues while helping parents encourage good decisions, and host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk, where “It’s all about choices!” On air, O’Dell covers peer pressure, dating, purity, drugs, alcohol, modesty, popularity, and anything else that comes up along the way. Nicole writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents about how to prepare for life’s tough choices.
She began Choose Now Publishing in 2013, offering issue-driven resources for parents and teens. Readers can find fiction and non-fiction that doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Rather, it tackles the issues openly with a focus on redemption through Jesus Christ. This comes through in the deepest, darkest stories and materials, and also in the lightest of entertaining fiction.
Nicole is an author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction, which offers readers alternate endings, allowing them to decide what the main character does, and the Diamond Estates Series based on her experiences as a resident at Teen Challenge as a teenager. Her upcoming series Drama Ensues follows a teen girl who’s passionate about slowing the epidemic of teen pregnancy in her school. Nicole’s non-fiction for teens includes Girl Talk which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column
Nicole’s desire to bridge the gap between parents and teens is evident in her parenting non-fiction like the Hot Buttons series aimed at helping parents handle tough issues such as dating, Internet, sexuality, drugs, bullying, and image with their tweens and teens before they pop up in real life. Hot Buttons has received the Focus on the Family seal of approval.
Powerline365 exists to help parents of teens plug into the Source by offering a daily devotional in your inbox. Coming soon in paperback as well.
For more information on Nicole O’Dell or her books, or to schedule Nicole for a speaking event or interview, visit www.nicoleodell.com. Podcasts of Choose NOW Radio are available at www.chooseNOWradio.com.
The unofficial stuff:
Avoiding Life’s “Uh-Oh” Moments…
I think back to the moments before the tattoo guy started his work on me many years ago. I sure wish I’d had a website like this or a resource like Scenarios for Girls books or Teen Talk Radio to remind me of how important and…um…permanent some choices are. I have a passion for helping teens prepare for the toughest decisions—things even more important than tattoos. I believe in confronting things head on rather than waiting until the peer pressure hits. My books, my speaking events and this website deal with tough issues, so be sure to check with your parents about the books you’re reading and let them know you’re here.
Curious about what some other people have said about my books?
“It’s evident that Nicole is a rare author. She has a tender heart for teenage girls and has poured that care into her stories. May her tribe increase! And may her books lead many readers to make wise choices.” …Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller Series and the Katie Weldon Series
“Scenarios for Girls is a fast-paced series that allows you, the reader, to step into the shoes of a girl on the verge of making a tough choice. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure, except here you’re making important life decisions that affect every teen. You’ll be holding your breath as you live out the challenges on the pages to see where they take you.” Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of So Not Happening and the Katie Parker Production series
Above all, I LOVE hearing from readers and parents. You can reach me through my contact page or email me directly. And, definitely connect with me on Facebook and Twitter! Finally, if you’re in need of a speaker for an upcoming event, contact me!
Hot Buttons: 30-Day Challenge, Choose NOW Publishing, 9/1/13
Hot Buttons: Dating Edition, Kregel Publications, 6/1/12
Hot Buttons: Internet Edition, Kregel Publications, 6/1/12
Hot Buttons: Sexuality Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/26/12
Hot Buttons: Drug Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/21/12
Hot Buttons: Image Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/13/13
Hot Buttons: Bullying Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/13/13
Understudy, Drama Ensues One, 10/1/14, Choose NOW Publishing
The Shadowed Onyx, Book Three of the Diamond Estate series, 12/1/12, Barbour
The Embittered Ruby, Book Two of the Diamond Estates series, 4/1/2011, Barbour
The Wishing Pearl, Book One of the Diamond Estates series, 10/1/2011, Barbour
Girl Talk Q&A, Barbour Publishing, Feb 2012
Girl Talk: A Journal for Life’s Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens, Barbour, June 2014
Girl Talk, Barbour Publishing, May 2011
Rainbow’s End, Barbour, 5/1/12
Contributed more than 200 devotional writings to:
Thrive! (Barbour, 2011)
To Love and To Cherish, (Barbour, 2009)
Whispers of Wisdom for Busy Moms , (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms, (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Mothers of Preschoolers , (Barbour,08)
Whispers of Wisdom for Young Women, (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Girls, (Barbour, 2008)
A short story for susiemagazine.com, appearing December, 2009
A parenting column for Focus on the Family Magazine, March, 2010.
Choices! Newsletter Teen Talk Radio
I’m represented by literary agent Steve Laube.
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