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 husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.
- 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).
“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?
Matthew Quick is my favorite author.
- Favorite food?
- Favorite color?
- Guilty pleasure?
Misogynistic rap music.
- Neat. So can I get your number?
I am blissfully married, but thanks for the compliment.
September 9, 2017
Brooklyn, NY - Well Read Black Girl Book Festival
September 16-17, 2017
New Orleans, LA - #SIBA17 Discovery Show
October 12, 2017
Chicago, IL – Heartland Fall Forum (Moveable Feast)
October 14-15, 2017
Nashville, TN – Southern Festival of Books
October 17, 2017 – 6:30pm (LAUNCH!)
Atlanta, GA – Center for Civil and Human Rights
October 18-20, 2017
San Francisco – NCIBA
(Bookstore event TBA)
October 21, 2017
Greenville, SC – Read Up Greenville
October 24, 2017 – 7:00pm
Decatur, GA – Little Shop of Stories (with Angie Thomas)
October 28, 2017
Boston, MA – Boston Book Festival
November 2, 2017
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia City Institute Library
November 4-5, 2017
Austin, TX – Texas Book Festival
November 6, 2017 – 7:00pm
Washington DC – Politics and Prose (with Dashka Slater and David Barclay Moore)
November 10-11, 2017
Charleston, SC – Yallfest
November 16-19, 2017
St. Louis, MO – NCTE
November 20-22, 2017
St. Louis, MO – ALAN
December 7, 2017
Albany, NY – University at Albany (and more TBA)