On me

nalini singh author photo

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I spent three years living and working in Japan, where I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page.

I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, but not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency, but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

On writing

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. All of my stories held a thread of romance, even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. Creating unique characters and giving them happy endings is my favorite thing. I even love the voices in my head, so there’s no other job I’d rather be doing. When I got the call in September 2002 that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

Neat stuff


There Should Have Been Eight: An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller and Suspense in November!
Resonance Surge hit the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list!
Storm Echo: Favourite Paranormal Romance Award from the Australian Romance Readers Association!!


Quiet in Her Bones has been selected as a finalist in the Ngaio Marsh 2022 Awards

Quiet in Her Bones optioned by Showtime Networks! (An option is the very start of getting something to the screen, so early days yet! I’ll keep you updated on any future developments.)

Quiet in Her Bones recommended by Oprah Daily in its feature “Crime Fiction Goes Global and Diverse, as These 20 Books by Women Writers Show.”

Spiegel Bestseller list (Germany): Engelsleuchten (the German edition of Archangel’s Light)

Angels’ Blood is listed as one of Book Riot’s “24 Best Romance Novels of All Time”.

Quiet in Her Bones was listed as one of “20 Thriller Novels That Will Keep You on Edge this Winter” on Buzzfeed.


Australian Romance Readers Association:
Last Guard – Favourite Paranormal Romance of 2021
Member’s Choice – North American cover of Archangel’s Light as the Favourite Romance Cover of 2021!

Last Guard hit the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists!

Last Guard is an Amazon Editor’s Picks Best Romance for July.

Slave to Sensation – Featured in Oprah Magazine’s The 27 Greatest Romance Novels to Read In Your Lifetime

Amazon’s February 2021 Mystery/Thriller Best of the Month list includes Quiet in Her Bones.

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Video Interviews

Going West Writers Festival 2021 Panel

St. Mary’s County Library Talk

Cary Library with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, and Amanda Bouchet. 

Changeling Cast: an Interview with Nalini Singh on her Psy/Changeling Series

Jayne Ann Krentz and Nalini Singh in conversation

Archangel’s Sun launch with Sarah J. Maas hosted by The Strand bookstore

Australian Romance Readers Romantic Rendezvous (Locked Down) Interviews

ARRA took their conference online this year, and organized a ton of amazing interviews and panels. You can watch them for free on YouTube under the ARRLD playlist or by clicking above. I did both:
– a feature interview; and
– a paranormal romance panel with Darynda Jones and Amanda Bouchet.

Read for Pixels Google Hangout Q & A – March 2016

The Café interview – June 2017

Print & podcast interviews

More neat stuff


Alpha Night was chosen as one of Washington Post’s best romance novels of 2020 and featured on OprahMag.com’s best romance novels of 2020!

Archangel’s Sun is featured in Goodreads’ “Cozy Up with November’s Most Anticipated Romances” list!

Archangel’s Sun one of Amazon’s Best Books of month in Romance!

Love Hard chosen as one of Amazon’s best romance books of 2020 so far!

Alpha Night – Chosen as one of 38 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020 by Oprah Magazine!

Slave to Sensation named as one of the New York Public Library’s 125 books from the last 125 years that inspire a lifelong love of reading!

Australian Romance Readers Association:
Wolf Rain – Favourite Paranormal Romance
-Members’ Choice: Favourite couple in a 2019 romance – Memory and Alexei in Wolf Rain

Love Hard is chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in Romance (March)


Wolf Rain chosen as one of the Best Romance Novels of 2019 by Oprah magazine

Archangel’s War is one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in romance for September

New York Times & USA Today Bestseller lists 2019: Wolf Rain

Wolf Rain is an Amazon Best Book of the Month in Romance for June!

Australian Romance Readers Association Award 2018:

Ocean Light – Favourite Paranormal Romance

Wolf Rain is featured as one of BookPage’s most anticipated romances of 2019!


Ocean Light chosen as part of iBooks Australia/NZ “What to Read” feature for June (link will only work in Aus/NZ)
Australian Romance Readers Association Award 2017:
Silver Silence – Favourite Paranormal Romance
Psy-Changeling Trinity – Favorite Continuing Romance Series

Ocean Light – Chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in Romance (June)
Ocean Light – included in Goodreads 16 Hottest Romance Books of Spring!


Spiegel Bestseller list (Germany): Silbernes Schweigen (Age of Trinity)

Silver Silence –  RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award winner (Paranormal World Building category)
RT Career Achievement Award in Paranormal
New York Times Bestseller list 2017: Archangel’s ViperSilver Silence
USA Today Bestseller list 2017: Archangel’s ViperSilver Silence, Cherish Hard
Archangel’s Viper is an Amazon Best of the Month pick in romance (October)
Wall Street Journal Bestseller list: Archangel’s ViperSilver Silence
Silver Silence is an Amazon Best Book of the Month in Romance (June)
Silver Silence is an iBooks USA/Australia / New Zealand Best Book of the Month (June)
Silver Silence is a June LibraryReads pick!

Australian Romance Readers Association Award for Favourite Paranormal Romance 2016: Wild Embrace

Allegiance of Honor – Favourite Paranormal Romance
Archangel’s Heart – Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance
Allegiance of Honor & Archangel’s Heart– Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2016
Elena in Archangel’s Heart – Favourite Heroine from a romance published in 2016
Elena and Raphael in Archangel’s Heart – Favourite Couple from a romance published in 2016
Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominations:


New York Times Bestseller list 2016: Allegiance of HonorWild Embrace, Archangel’s Heart
USA Today Bestseller list 2016: Rock WeddingAllegiance of Honor, Wild EmbraceArchangel’s Heart
Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 2016: Archangel’s Heart
New York Times & USA Today Bestseller lists 2016: Rock WeddingAllegiance of HonorWild Embrace


New York Times & USA Today Bestseller lists 2015: Rock HardShards of HopeArchangel’s Enigma.
Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 2015: Shards of Hope
All About Romance Annual “Best of” Reader Poll 2016: Raphael and Elena – Swoonworthiest couple of 2016 (Heroes & Heartbreakers) BookBub Best Romance Novels of the Past Decade: Slave to Sensation LoveLetter 2015 Awards:
  • Best Author: Nalini Singh
  • Best Paranormal/Fantasy: Pfade im Nebel
  • Audiobook: Engelsdunkel


Joyfully Reviewed’s Best of 2014: Shield of WinterArchangel’s Shadows Australian Romance Readers Award for Favorite Paranormal Romance 2014: Shield of Winter Romance Writers of America RITA Nomination 2014: Heart of Obsidian Publishers Weekly Best Summer Books of 2014: Shield of Winter Australian Romance Readers Award for Favorite Paranormal Romance 2013: Heart of Obsidian Love Letter Awards 2014 (Germany): Favorite Author | Favorite Paranormal/Fantasy: Geheimnisvolle Berührung Shield of Winter listed in: – Booktopia’s Books of the Year – Goodreads Choice Awards (Finalist) New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists 2014: Shield of WinterArchangel’s ShadowsRock AddictionRock CourtshipNight Shift Shield of Winter has been chosen as one of the Best Books of 2014 (Romance) by Amazon. It also made it on to the list of Kirkus’s Best Fiction Books of 2014 Rock Addiction & Shield of Winter have both been nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Rock Addiction is in the Indie Press Contemporary category, with Shield of Winter in the Paranormal Worldbuilding category. All About Romance Annual Poll: Best Paranormal Romance/Most Tortured Hero: Heart of Obsidian | Best Romance Couple (Honorable Mention): Elena & Raphael from Archangel’s Legion


New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists 2013: Wild InvitationArchangel’s LegionHeart of Obsidian Spiegel Bestseller list (Germany) 2013: Geheimnisvolle Berührung (#2), Gilde der Jäger: Engelsdunkel (#7)


Der Leserpreis readers’ choice award (fantasy/science fiction category): Lockruf des Verlangens