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Nic Stone






Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms as @getnicced.



Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.
Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In that media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


Coming October 17, 2017

Available for preorder at Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Penguin Random House and more... 

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- Is that your real hair?



- All of it?

[See answer above.]


- How’d you get it to grow that long?!

Heredity, I guess.


- Okay… What’s your ethnicity?



- But like… what RACE are you?

A few of them, but African American is my favorite.


- What are the othe—?

Let’s move on, if you don’t mind.


- Fine. Is “Nic” short for something?

Nicole. Which is actually my middle name.


- Oh. So what’s your first name?

Wouldn’t you like to know.


- *Rolls eyes* How old are you? 

Solve for x to get my birth year.


- Wow… you’re kind of a nerd.

That wasn’t a question.


- Whatever. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I think so? But not fiction. Didn’t think I could write fiction.


- So what changed?

I got bored. Decided to give it a shot. (Life lesson: The mind is a wondrous thing. Don’t limit it.)


- Do you have a *process* as you fancy writer people say?

I have a mnemonic (yes this is further evidence that I am, in fact, a huge nerd).


Nic’s Process

“I Only Eat Raspberries”:

Inspiration – the idea

Organization – notes, research/interviews (if necessary), outline

Execution – initial draft

Revision – self-explanatory and my least favorite part


- Where do your ideas come from?

I can't think of anywhere they don't come from. I like using Story to explore problems I don't know how to solve or experiences I haven't lived. 


- How’d you get your agent?

The first one was through a connection. Didn’t work out (though she’s a lovely woman, and I totally wouldn’t have developed the confidence I needed to survive this whole publishing thing had she not taken me on and invested so much of her time and energy into my work). Current agent was acquired through a good old-fashioned query. For those looking to land an agent, I must say MSWL is a most excellent resource to help narrow the field for ya.


- Gotcha. How’d you get your book deal?

Long, kinda boring story, so the synopsis: we submitted a manuscript. First editor to reply loved my style, but wasn’t sold on the story. I pulled together a proposal for a different story, and she offered a two-book deal based on that proposal. It was for DEAR MARTIN.


- Do you have a favorite book?

The Virgin Suicides – Jeff Eugenides


- Is that your favorite author?

Too many good authors to have a favorite at this point.


Favorite food?



Favorite color?



Guilty pleasure?

Misogynistic rap music.


- Neat. So can I get your number?

I am blissfully married and monogamous, but thank you for the compliment.



January 30

Chapel Hill, NC

FlyLeaf Books


February 9

Winter Park, FL

Trinity Prep Author Festival


February 11-12

Denver, CO

ALA Midwinter


February 15

Wilmington, DE

Delaware Festival of Words


February 26

Anderson, SC

Anderson County Library


March 8

Tampa, FL

AWP Conference


March 21-22

Charlottesville, VA

Virginia Festival of the Book


April 7

New York, NY

Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference


April 20-21

Irving, TX

North Texas Teen Book Festival


April 22

Los Angeles, CA

LA Times Festival of Books


June 2-3

New York, NY







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