Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan has a BA (Communications), MA (Creative Writing) and is a doctoral student in Creative Writing at Western Sydney University studying Australian surf fiction and culture. She is a casual academic at both Western Sydney University and Macquarie University. She has been a columnist and journalist in Australian newspapers and magazines. She is a prize-winning short story writer and is currently working on an urban fantasy novel. She is managing editor of a travel magazine and is the founding owner of a communications agency now in its twenty third year.