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About me

I write compelling stories, with science, adventure, ideas, history, and love. I love coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then I *must* travel there, you know, for research. I lives in Maryland with my reading-mad spouse and amazing rescue cats and far too many books.


Find me on Mastodon,, and maybe Twitter, @NickyPenttila

My Story

I like to figure stuff out, especially science reporting and fiction writing.


Before I set off on my own, I enjoyed writing, editing, tweeting, and Web wrangling for the Dana Foundation for 16 years. In addition to reporting on brain science, I write fiction that usually includes odd settings and ideas and romance. See some links to my nonfiction writing below; my first novel, the romantic historical A NOTE OF SCANDAL, was released in May 2012. My latest, historical adventure THE SPANISH PATRIOT, was released in August 2015. I hang out mostly in the Baltimore–Washington, DC, corridor.

In the past, I copy-edited, designed pages, assigned news stories and edited them, reported and wrote editorials at the Hartford Courant, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Baltimore Sun. I have a BA in communications from Michigan State University and an MS in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Central Connecticut State University, and this coming May, an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Freelance, I’ve done substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading for books, medical booklets, and newsletters, as well as writing and ghostwriting.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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