Nicole Eva Fraser
Nicole Eva Fraser (Cleveland, OH)
Author of The Hardest Thing in This World
- How the “Voice of a Greeting Card” Became a Fiction Writer: A behind the scenes look
- The Hardest Thing: A novel about mental illness and how it affects the whole family
- Fiction Therapy: How reading a relatable story can be a therapeutic method of dealing with family illness
- Ghosts of the Past (and Present): How the author’s Micmac heritage sparked her interest in the tribe’s history and cosmology, which is interwoven into the story
- The author volunteers as an adult-literacy activist in Cleveland, Tanzania, and Malawi
For nearly two decades, Nicole Eva Fraser has been writing for a major greeting card company in the Midwest. She sheds the “get wells” and “thank yous” to plunge into a darker world in her first novel, The Hardest Thing in This World.
Set in the suburbs of Cleveland, The Hardest Thing in This World tells the story of Melody Sawyer and her daughters Renee and Kayla, following them through birth, coming-of-age and dealing with the death—and ghosts—of loved ones. Nicole interweaves her Micmac Indian heritage and cosmology into the story, which revolves the issues that come with living in a family with mental illness and the never-ending search for hope and meaning in the things that hurt.
Nicole holds her MFA in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts consortium. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a double major in English and communications. In 2014, she is releasing another work of contemporary literary fiction, I Don’t Think It’s That Simple, and a nonfiction book, GPS for Writers: A guidebook to navigating the 5 routes to getting your novel published.
Nicole is an adult-literacy activist in Cleveland, Tanzania, and Malawi. Since 2005, she has been active as a volunteer tutor, fundraiser, and board member for Project Learn, Cleveland’s largest organization for adult literacy. In 2009, she led the effort to bring StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, to Cleveland to record the stories of Project Learn’s students, staff, and founders. Nicole also volunteers in Tanzania and Malawi, where she supports three college students through their education. She first traveled to East Africa in 2009, as the blogger for the 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference.
Nicole is a student of Micmac Indian culture because of her heritage. Her maternal family emigrated from Scotland, marrying into the Micmac tribe of Nova Scotia. A Boston native, Nicole lives in Cleveland with her husband, children, and animals.