flight & anchor is out in the world!

June 21st, 2023

it’s always so strange when something that just recently was a tiny kernel of a “wouldn’t it be funny if i wrote this” sort of an idea is suddenly now a book that exists in libraries and bookstores in the real world.

with a killer cover and blurbs, no less.

it’s got great reviews from publishers weekly and library journal, as well as all these other shiny folks:

as i’ve said before, i wrote it for the fans of 06 & 22, so if you want more of those guys, this is the novella for you. it’s available in indie bookstores and libraries as we speak–and remember, if your library doesn’t carry it (or any book you’re interested in) putting in a request for them to carry it is one of the most effective low-effort zero-cost ways to support books and authors you enjoy 🙂

flight & anchor ARC giveaway!!

December 16th, 2022

two copies up for grabs, international entries okay! sorry it’s on twitter–the idea of learning a new social media platform makes me want to tear all my skin off! enter here!!

another new free-to-read story!

November 21st, 2022

it’s another platonic love story because of course it is. it’s also the most overtly ace thing i’ve ever written. also it was a hell of a lot of fun to do. hope you like 🙂

new book? new book

November 2nd, 2022

those of you who follow my patreon may remember when i was drafting a story about twelve-year-old 06 and 22 and their daring escape from stellaxis to have a(n) (mis)adventure in a shipping container in a vacant lot, in blatant homage to the boxcar children, an extremely influential book of my very young childhood. (i’d still like to live in the woods in an old train car, if i’m honest.)

anyway, it ended up doing a lot more character work heavy lifting than expected, and it ties in stuff not only from firebreak, obviously, but also archivist wasp, latchkey, and jillian vs. parasite planet. (yes, even the middle-grade book. stop looking at me like that, it made sense in my head.)

anyway, it’s gonna be a book! and preorders are open!

i had a ton of fun with this one and i very much hope you enjoy. <3

new free-to-read story!

March 10th, 2022

I wrote a story (a novella really) and it’s totally free-to-read. This one means a lot to me and I hope you like it!

FIREBREAK on the Locus Recommended Reading List!

February 2nd, 2022

Just learned that FIREBREAK is on the Locus Recommended Reading List in extremely shiny company as usual. If you enjoyed it enough to vote for it in the readers’ poll, you can do so here!!

periodic patreon thankyou <3

December 27th, 2021

I’ve gotten a few messages lately like “I had no idea you had a patreon!” which just goes to show that mentioning something on social media every month or two only feels like spamming to you and nobody else notices. Anyway, yes I have one! It’s pay-what-you-want, no tiers, all access to everything for whatever you feel like tossing into the hat. I could definitely use, and absolutely appreciate, the support, but the most important thing to me is to make sure the stuff I put on there is as accessible as possible. I don’t want to hide all the goodies behind a series of paywalls.

Somehow I’ve had this thing running since the summer of 2018 and not run out of stuff to put on there! It’s where all my book extras and tie-ins and character/worldbuilding stuff I couldn’t fit into books live. There are deleted scenes and alternate endings and just an unholy mess of Easter eggs. I wrote up a bunch of the myths from the Archivist Wasp books on there, and am serializing a novella about 06 and 22 at age twelve running away from Stellaxis HQ and having an Adventure which is an homage to The Boxcar Children, a book I loved when I was five or so. And it’s got the first few chapters of the third and final Archivist Wasp book, tentatively titled Catchkeep, which will probably be drafted in its entirety on there eventually. It’s also where I put drafts of stories and chapters of books in progress and whatever randomness I’m working on at the time.

Anyway, thanks a ton for your support! It’s a source of constant amazement that anyone’s interested enough in my stuff to want to see it in its super messy in-progress form, but it’s also kinda neat. <3

holiday book sale!

November 30th, 2021

I have way too many author copies of my books and a number of people have been asking me where they can buy signed copies for holiday gifts, so let’s make this simple! I haven’t really gone anywhere to sign anything since *gestures at 2021* but the good news is you can get them directly from me. 🙂

Here’s what I have! Email me at nicolekornherstace@gmail.com with what you’re interested in and I’ll get you a total with shipping + payment info. Thanks so much for helping me clear out these boxes!!

All prices include signing, I don’t charge extra for that. All are also a bit below retail because why not. <3

Domestic (US) shipping is $5 for the first book, $2 for each book after that.

I can ship internationally, just be aware that the shipping cost is going to suck. On the bright side, people who have bought signed books from me recently have consistently reported that international shipping is waaaaay faster than expected. Still expensive though. 🙁


FIREBREAK (hardcover) $20


LATCHKEY (trade paperback) $15


ARCHIVIST WASP (trade paperback IN ROMANIAN ONLY–English language ones are gone, sorry!) $10

a year where i actually remember to do an awards eligibility post??

November 18th, 2021

This never happens. Thanks to the several people who yelled at me to do one. 😀 Here’s the stuff I published in 2021:

Firebreak (adult SF novel) Simon & Schuster/Saga, May

Jillian vs. Parasite Planet (middle-grade SF novel) Tachyon Publications, July

Pathfinding!” (novelette) in Issue 38 of Uncanny

firebreak is a goodreads choice nominee!!

November 15th, 2021

I have no idea how this happened but here we are! If you enjoyed it, you can vote for it here!