Nicole Blades has been putting her imagined worlds on paper since third grade as this curious kid growing up in Montreal. That curiosity landed her in NYC after university, working as an intern at The Sally Jessy Raphael Show. From there she became a working journalist putting in her time for the next 18 years first as an editorial assistant at Essence, and later an editor at ESPN.com and senior editor at Women’s Health. She even joined the dot-com boom in the middle of all this, co-founding an online magazine for savvy young women called SheNetworks, securing half a million dollars from five American investors (all men). Nicole has bylines as a freelance journalist writing about race, motherhood, family, identity, and reinvention for publications such as MORE, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, NYTimes.com, and WashingtonPost.com. She’s also the Family Editor for BlogHer.com and an editor at the tech and style site Cool Mom Tech. Her debut novel, EARTH’S WATERS was published in 2007 (DC Books). But the big, exciting, good news is: Nicole landed a two-book deal with Kensington! The first of her two novels, THE THUNDER BENEATH US, will be published in Fall 2016, and the second book should be out the following year.
1. Please describe yourself in ten words.
Writing, running, loving, laughing. Plus, Canadian.
2. Nobody ever told me parenting would require me to ...
Love so hard I can feel it in my bones.
3. Kids say the darndest things. One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was ...
In answering my standard, “What am I going to do with you?” line, my son said, without taking a breath or a beat: “Just kiss me all day and love me forever.” Done.
4. My worst 2am moment with my child was ...
Watching him sleep, hooked up to these beeping, pumping machines trying to get fluids into his severely dehydrated body. A random virus had hit him hard. He looked so small, so fragile, resting (thank goodness) in the children’s hospital bed. I was set up on the “comfy” chair-bed in the room, but couldn’t close my eyes, couldn’t calm my spirit.
5. My idea of perfect family happiness is …
Being together, laughing from our bellies.
6. What is the best parenting advice you gave or received?
7. What is your favorite book to read with your child?
“The Snowy Day” by Exra Jack Keats
8. I would win the parenting award for ...
Turning everything into a song.
9. I would be put in the parenting penalty box for ...
Taking too many* pictures.
(*But really…is there even such a thing as “too many” pictures? Exactly. No.)
10. If your children were characters from fiction, who would they be?
The Pigeon from the Mo Willems books
11. If your family had theme song, what would it be?
“I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
12. The title of the movie about your family life would be ...
Boogie Down Productions: The Musical
The Twigtale Twelve - Nicole Blades was originally published on August 31, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.