Singh, Nalini

Singh, Nalini


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In Brief

Born in Fiji, and raised in New Zealand, Nalini Singh is a paranormal romance author. Initially trained as a lawyer, Singh turned to writing following the publication of her first novel, Desert Warrior, in 2003. From there, Singh’s books have been translated into over 20 languages, and have consistently appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists since 2009. She is a two-time winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella/Novellette, and has won an array of awards from the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.


Singh, Nalini (1977–) was born in Suva, Fiji, where she spent her early years before moving to New Zealand aged 10. Singh studied at Mt Roskill Grammar and Auckland University, graduating with degrees in Law and English Literature. She worked as a solicitor for two years until her first book was published at the age of 25. She also spent three years teaching English in Japan and travelling around Asia, absorbing experiences for her writing.

Her first book Desert Warrior (2003) was picked up by Silhouette Desire in 2002, and since then Singh has devoted herself to writing fulltime.

The books that followed include Awaken to Pleasure (2004), Awaken the Senses (2005), Craving Beauty (2005), Secrets in the Marriage Bed (2006), Bound by Marriage (2007) and Lord of The Abyss (2011).

Singh has three series to her name: the ‘Psy-Changeling Series’ (Hachette NZ), the ‘Guild Hunters Series’ (Hachette) and the ‘Rock Kiss Series’ (TKA Distribution).

Nalini Singh’s writing has also appeared in a number of anthologies alongside other authors. These include: The Magical Christmas Cat (Berkley, 2008); Must Love Hellhounds (Berkley, 2009); Burning Up (Berkley, 2010); Angels of Darkness (Berkley, 2011); and Night Shift (Berkley, 2014).

Her work has received recognition in a number of awards. Singh received the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella/Novellette in 2008 for Beat of Temptation, and again in 2009 for Stroke of Enticement. She has received Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) awards for Favourite Paranormal Romance (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014); Favourite Continuing Romance Series (2009, 2010, 2011); and Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Futuristic Romance (2009, 2010, 2011). Nalini has also received Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Paranormal Action-Adventure Romance (2007); Urban Fantasy Protagonist (2009); Shapeshifter Romance (2010); Paranormal Romance (2011, 2013); Indie Contemporary Romance (2015); and Career Achievement in Paranormal Romance (2011). Heart of Obsidian was nominated in the 2014 Romance Writers of America (RITA) Awards. And Shield of Winter was a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Books of 2014.

Nalini Singh first hit the New York Times extended bestsellers list in 2008, and then the main printed list in 2009. That year, Singh also hit the USA Today bestsellers list. Since then Singh has consistently hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists every year. Her most recent release to hit both was Wild Embrace (August 2016).

Updated October 2016.


Updated January 2017.