Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health.
As a freelance journalist, Nicole's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Health, MarieClaire.com, WashingtonPost.com, and more. Her latest book, HAVE YOU MET NORA?, along with her previous novels, THE THUNDER BENEATH US and EARTH'S WATERS, are available wherever books are sold. Listen to her biweekly podcast, Hey, Sis!, that offers resources, support, and community to work-at-home mothers with creative, slightly unconventional careers. Nicole is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a professional group of women writers committed to supporting and promoting its members’ work and connecting authors with readers. And she is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.
She has been a panelist, presenter, and guest speaker at conferences such as Massachusetts Conference for Women, Mom 2.0 Summit, The Muse & the Marketplace, Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Well-Read Black Girl Conference, and the upcoming Surrey International Writers’ Conference, and the Women Fiction Writers Association annual three-day retreat.