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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bret Nicholaus  

Pen Name: Bret R. Nicholaus

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Other



Illinois Connection

Nicholaus lives in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bret Nicholaus has written several books with his Bethel College friend, Paul Lowrie. One spring afternoon in 1992, Bret and Paul came up with a simple book idea: a collection of original questions that could serve as ice-breakers for any settings. Within a month they had formed Questmarc Publishing and released a small 350-copy printing of their first book, ''The Conversation Piece''. By late 1995, the two authors had sold 20,000 copies of their small paperback and attracted the interest of a literary agent. In 1996, Ballantine Books bought The Conversation Piece. They have since created the ''Chat Pack'' line of products.

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