Nikki Owen is an award-winning writer and columnist. She was a marketing consultant and university teaching fellow before turning to writing full time. As part of her degree, she studied at the acclaimed University of Salamanca—the same city her protagonist in Subject 375, Maria Martinez, hails from. Nikki has written for the Gloucestershire Gazette, the Citizen and Echo newspapers, and Weekend magazine, and currently still teaches creative writing classes and chairs events at literary festivals. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in Gloucestershire with her family.