Nicole Draffen is a builder, a fixer, and a challenger. She loves tearing things apart to understand them, and then try to prove or disprove their merit. This allows her to move through life with an air of certainty about what she knows, and what she doesn’t know. So naturally when living abroad, the social and cultural consciousness of the people she met, and the things she observed inspired her natural inclination to understand and study the value of cultural norms. The more she traveled overseas, the more she grew to understand certain aspects of the American perception of culture. Her journeys inspired her to write about her experience.
The prestigious IAN 2021 Book of the Year Award named Nicole Draffen’s debut novel, Hyphened-Nation: Don’t Check the Box, a finalist in the category of ‘Non-Fiction: Social Issues’.
When not travelling or writing, you can find her in her garden tending to a vast variety of plants, Feng Shui-ing everything in sight, pursuing her passion of collecting vintage oil paintings, reading, antiquing, and running.