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, Cosmopolitan, MarieClaire.com, Women’s Health, WashingtonPost.com, Health, SELF, and BuzzFeed. Her latest book, HAVE YOU MET NORA?, was released November 2017. Her previous novels, THE THUNDER BENEATH US and EARTH'S WATERS, are available wherever books and ebooks are sold. Listen to her weekly podcast, Hey, Sis!, about women finding their focus and place in business, art, culture, and life. Nicole is also a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a professional group women writers committed to supporting and promoting its members’ work and connecting authors with readers.
She has also been a panelist, presenter, and guest speaker at conferences such as Massachusetts Conference for Women, Mom 2.0 Summit, The Muse & the Marketplace, BlogHer, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.