Nicole Dieker

Full-time freelance writer since 2012. 

Author of the Larkin Day mystery series and the perzine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT.

About Nicole

Nicole Dieker is a writer, teacher, and musician. She began her writing career as a full-time freelancer with a focus on personal finance and habit formation; she launched her fiction career with The Biographies of Ordinary People, a definitely-not-autobiographical novel that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.

Currently, Dieker writes the Larkin Day mystery series and the perzine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT. She also maintains an active freelance career; her work has appeared in Vox, Morning Brew, Lifehacker, Bankrate, Haven Life, Popular Science, and more. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Dieker lives in Quincy, Illinois with the great love of her life, his piano, and their garden.


The Larkin Day mysteries

A Millennial-aged amateur detective who practices old-fashioned sleuthing in a world of smartphones and social media.


A quarterly zine about understanding reality.

The Biographies of Ordinary People, Volume 1

A family saga that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.

The Biographies of Ordinary People, Volume 2

The three Gruber sisters go from childhood to adulthood.

Shortwave Media

Nicole Dieker is published through Shortwave Media, an independent small press that offers original books, zines, and music releases.

Recent Freelance Articles

What inflation means for the FIRE movement

Becoming financially independent and retiring early is only getting harder.

Mortgage, baby, and inflation. Help!

Combining finances for joint goals when inflation is high.

Money Talks: The couple that grew up with very different relationships to spending

The two make roughly the same salary, but their socioeconomic backgrounds inform how they view that money.

Fitting self-care into your life and finances

Self-care may be important, but it isn’t necessarily free.

Reviews and Praise

"Dieker excels at depicting how real people think and act."
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
"Dieker writes with unrepentant honesty about the human condition, crafting the story of the Gruber family with subtle narrative tension and the central claim that every life is worthy of a biography."
The BookLife Prize
"Artful writing and delicately drawn characters who navigate through the universal tragedies and triumphs of everyday life."
Foreword Clarion Reviews

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