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James McGoldrick
May McGoldrick
Also Writes As:
Jan Coffey, James McGoldrick, Nikoo McGoldrick
Romance Genres:
Contemporary Romance,
Historical Romance,
Romantic Suspense,
Young Adult Romance,
New Adult Romance
Speaks On:
Some workshop topics that might interest you:
The Creative Writing Institute: soups-to-nuts on 'I want to write a novel'
Composing a first-rate query letter, synopsis, and outline
Three Things About Writing the Novel (That You only THINK You Know). How to structure a story, how to write great dialogue, and how to murder clichés.
The Pleasures and Perils of Writing About Dead People and Bygone Eras: Historicals
The Architecture of Murder: Crafting a Solid Story Structure
Pre-first Page Checklists
Wage Slave to Full Time Writer. Making $ in digital world.
ATTACK OF THE eBOOKS: The Book Business Goes Digital
Speaks To:
Writing Groups,
Book Clubs and other readers groups
Willing to Participate in Online Events:

Travels From:
San Clemente
Travels From (State):
Travels From Country:


Nikoo and Jim wrote their first May McGoldrick romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a Ph.D. in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

Their stories have touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers all over the world. Their work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and counting. Because of their success, they have been frequent guests on local and national radio and television. They travel regularly, speaking at writers’ conferences, libraries, classrooms, and book group gatherings. 

For the past decade, Nikoo and Jim have been conducting workshops bringing 21st century collaboration and writing skills to students and teachers. 

These USA Today Bestselling authors write historical romance, suspense, mystery, and young adult novels. They are four-time Rita Finalists and the winners of numerous awards for their writing, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Daphne DeMaurier Award, three NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, two Holt Medallions, and the Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction. Their work is included in the Popular Culture Library collection of the National Museum of Scotland. 

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